Hello, my name is Joanna and welcome to Wild Planet Explorers!
After working in nature conservation and education for many years and hearing the statistics on species and habitat decline across the world (an estimated 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours!), and inspired by some incredible wildlife experiences and by my own little girl’s wonder at the natural world, I have founded Wild Planet Explorers.
Through Wild Planet Explorers I want to inspire and empower more children to care and take action for nature and through my sessions, presentations and awards, I aim to help conservation charities & groups pass on their conservation messages for free.
I believe encouraging a care for nature and our planet at an early age is the key to safeguarding wildlife and the environment for the years ahead. I believe that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can be the solution to the problems we face, whether that be climate change, species and habitat decline, pollution or deforestation for example.
Many 3 year olds have shown me this, with parents reporting after my Wild Planet Explorers sessions that they have been enthusiastically taken to the beach by their pre-schooler to pick up litter, have had to wait patiently in supermarkets while their child searches for sustainable logos on bananas and coffee packets and that they have spent all weekend collecting sticks and leaves to build a home for hibernating frogs and toads at the bottom of their gardens.
I also want every pre-schooler and primary school child to know what a biologist and a conservationist is and that this is a career option. Biology is the study of life, therefore shouldn’t it be mandatory to introduce this science, along with others, at a much earlier age?
Learning should be fun and interactive so I usually combine animal biology & conservation facts with imaginative play, music, loads of interactive props & games! There are no live animals in the sessions but younger children from 3-9yrs have a lot of fun getting to know Orsom the Octopus & his friends.
With the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, I moved Wild Planet Explorer’s online, engaging families with amazing facts, props and interactive activities they could do with their children throughout the session. Of course I missed seeing the families in person but it amazed me how engaged the children were and that the online launch of Wild Planet Explorers was such a success. I now offer my sessions online to schools, nurseries, groups and families which gives me the amazing opportunity to meet even more children around the world.
Also as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, I now also deliver all my younger sessions outdoors also to schools, nurseries and groups which is loads of fun and has required an even larger and more powerful bubble gun!
I also deliver a Biology, Habitats and Conservation presentation for older children to explain the role of the 3 subjects linked to current conservation issues e.g climate change, deforestation due to palm oil and related species decline (and impact on climate change), plastic pollution, Scottish forest management and species, this is also now available online.
In different ways Wild Planet Explorers looks to support or deliver projects that work to aid in nature conservation & improve the health of our environment locally & globally either through my own projects e.g The 3P Pledge Champion Award and Forest Tiger Champion Award or by supporting other not for profit organisations e.g by being a Sea Champion for the Marine Conservation Society, Scotland Regional Lead for eduCCateglobal (a partnership with Harwood Education who aim to have an accredited climate change teacher in every school across the world), a proud partner in the successful Have you Got the Bottle campaign led by APRS, for a Scottish Deposit Return Scheme.
Through Wild Planet Explorers, I hope to inspire more naturalists, biologists, zoologists, conservationists, wildlife photographers, educators and who knows, the next Sir David Attenborough might be a new Wild Planet Explorer!