14th October 2013
Wild things! Coastal Classroom project teaches children about local marine life
Founded in 2003, Wild things! is an environmental education
charity based on the Moray Firth. The charity has been working with children, young
people and vulnerable adults for the past ten years in order to build a mutually
beneficial relationship between people and their local environment. As a Dream Fund finalist, the charity's Coastal Classroom project has
been awarded £74,069 funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.
The Coastal Classroom project aims to get 500 primary school
children to attend educational sessions at their local, natural shoreline - once per week for six weeks. The children will
learn about their local marine life as the magnificent coastline of the Moray Firth is turned into an inspiring
Jennie Martin, Director of Wild things! said, "Support from
the Dream Fund has meant a huge amount for this project, because we got this
support this year, we have been able to put Coastal Classrooms across the Moray
Firth, from Fraserborough to Wick. So many children, young people and adults
have had experiences that they never would have had before."
This fantastic project will ensure children are experiencing local wildlife and coastal scenes as a method of education. The funding received from players of People's Postcode Lottery has enabled the charity to expand its outdoor classroom so that more children across the North East of Scotland can benefit by getting out of the classroom and being active.