Wild Planet Explorers was founded by Joanna McFarlane to inspire future biologists & conservationists & to encourage children to find out more about animals & their habitats & to take action to save nature.
Joanna McFarlane is a qualified biologist & conservationist.
Wild Planet Explorers sessions & presentations are designed for 3-18 year olds. They can be delivered & tailored for different age groups & classes.
Sessions for 3-8 year old's are fun educational & interactive & share amazing biology & conservation facts about animals using props, imaginative play, games & music. Wild Planet Explorers sessions are designed so learning is fun & to make it as easy as possible for children to remember the scientific facts.
Joanna also delivers a "Biology, Habitats & Conservation" presentation for 8-18yrs to introduce them to & encourage them to consider studying biology & understand the difference they can make now & in the future in making conservation change happen. This can be tailored to also include interactive sections for the younger of this age range.
Joanna can also come in during your World of Work week or Career related school, nursery or group topics to talk to the children about being a biologist or conservationist &/or why she ended up setting up her new business Wild Planet Explorers.
Wild Planet Explorers is a provider for STEM & delivers for Curriculum for Excellence topics, Science - Planet Earth, Biodiversity & Interdependence & Topical Issues & Social Studies - People, Place & Environment.
Schools & nurseries can also become 3P Pledge Champions & complete the 3P Pledge Champion Award.
The 3P Pledge is a Wild Planet Explorers local community initiative to encourage all households to only throw the 3P's (pee, poo, paper) down the toilet to address the build up of toilet waste locally in rivers, beaches & seas. The 3P Pledge Champion Award is delivered together with the 3 marine sessions - Orsom the Octopus, Cassius the Crab & Deepa the Dolphin for 3-8 year olds or via the Biology, Habitat & Conservation presentation for 8-18 year olds.
"Jo brought her Wild Planet Explorers sessions to Limekilns Nursery & Primary School. Our children were fully engaged in a carefully planned blend of discussion & activity. Jo's passion for & knowledge of the environmental themes is evident in her thorough presentations. Our teachers were also very appreciative of the detailed teacher notes that were provided. They were brilliant for both preparation & follow up work." Anne Marsh, Headteacher Limekilns Nursery & Primary School.
What do Wild Planet Explorer sessions & presentations cover?
For children of 3-8 yrs (nursery - P4)
Wild Planet Explorers delivers 8 different sessions, covering amazing animal biology, habitat & conservation facts about 8 different animals/animal pairs or groups.
The current sessions available covering amazing facts about their biology, habitat & conservation are below. Each animal has a clear conservation message related to its habitat (e.g. marine litter, sustainable fishing, building homes for nature, forest destruction/palm oil, invasive species, our reliance on species). Sessions use interactive props, music, games, activities & imaginative play to help the children learn the facts. The children learn how they, their school & their families can help the animals:
- Orsom the Octopus
- Cassius the Crab
- Deepa the Dolphin
- Ava the Albatross
- Finto the Frog & Tess the Toad
- Jungo the Tiger
- Little Red & Big Grey the Squirrel
- Bumble, Walleena & Hum (Bumblebee, Wasp & Honeybee)
Each animal can be linked to any ongoing biology, nature, habitat or conservation school topic & delivers for the Curriculum for Excellence & National Curriculum outcomes.
Sessions use interactive props, music, games, activities & imaginative play to help the children learn the facts. The children learn how they, their school & their families can help the animals.
Wild Planet Explorers offers teacher notes to the nursery & school teachers to help lead up to each session.
To find out what each session covers & the conservation messages, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or please call me directly on 0781 312 4577
For testimonials, please visit my website & if you would like to speak to other nurseries and schools who have invited Wild Planet Explorers in, I would be very happy to put you in touch with them.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Provision with Wild Planet Explorers
Wild Planet Explorers is delighted to be a STEM provider focusing on animal biology & conservation for 3-8year olds & have already delivered our fun, educational & interactive animal biology & conservation sessions in schools & nurseries across Scotland.
If you are a teacher developing a biology, habitat or conservation topic, please do get in touch to see how Wild Planet Explorers can support the delivery of this in your nursery or school.
"I would highly recommend Wild Planet Explorers for all, the staff running the session were fully aware of children’s learning and kept them fully engaged. The activities were interactive and fun for both the children and the staff from the nursery. Everyone attending the session learnt something new." Jackie Chalmers, Early Years Practitioner, University of Dundee Day Nursery.
For children 8 & over
Wild Planet Explorers can deliver a dynamic & engaging 40 minute - 1 hour presentation introducing children up to 18yrs to the topic of Biology, Habitats & Conservation, sharing dramatic conservation stories & explaining how biology, habitats & conservation link with one another. The presentation also aims to inspire children to study biology & that they can make a difference to the natural world around them.
The presentation is delivered by me, Joanna McFarlane, biologist & conservationist with 20 years of experience working in this field & I can deliver to large or small groups.
Please see testimonial below:
"Jo was extremely flexible in meeting our needs and relished the challenge of engaging 57 children- and my goodness were they engaged! From start-to-finish, the children actively participated in their learning about conservation. They loved how Jo made the learning real and how she related her own experiences to them.
The children still remind us of facts they have learned from the workshop and are very passionate about their role in conservation- exactly what we aimed to achieve. We could not recommend Jo enough- thank you so much for making the learning purposeful and, even better, fun!"
Terri-Anne McLean & Primary 6, St.Margaret's Primay School Dunfermline Fife
Useful information for teachers!
Depending on which animal session, maximum participation is between 15-20, aged 3-8. Younger children can attend at parents/teachers discretion but please be aware all props are for 3 and over. All are welcome to watch.
For Biology, Habitats & Conservation presentation for older children, this can be delivered to larger groups - please contact me directly to discuss further.
Sessions are 40 minutes long and children receive a sticker and some handouts to take home to families. I require 30-45 minute set up depending on the animal & the nature of some of the props. Sessions can be run consecutively with a 20 minute break between to re-set up. Cost depends on number of sessions & varies with number of children participating. Please email or call 0781 312 4577 for more information however prices are very reasonable, flexible & take into account the pressure on school & nursery budgets.
Equipment needed is one large space for props & for children to move around in, 2 small tables & 1 chair. Music will be played in most sessions but if there is an issues of disturbance, this can be removed from the session if needed.
I am a member of the PVG Membership scheme, have 2 million Public Liability Insurance, all music performing licences & full work risk assessment.
If you would like more information or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact: Joanna McFarlane, Founder & Class Leader, Wild Planet Explorers 07813124577 email@example.com