If you would like to get in touch about any of the stories, please contact our marketing team on info@wildplanetexplorers.co.uk, thank you!

Wild Planet Explorers launches new 2022 online global environmental programme for schools, nurseries and home educators – Wild Planet Explorers Juniors and Wild Planet Explorers Kids (May 2022).

With the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, Wild Planet Explorer’s environmental programme became available online, engaging families in their homes during home schooling, with amazing facts, props and interactive activities they could do with their children, as well as presentations for older children studying environmental topics.

Of course I missed seeing the families and children in person but it amazed me how engaged the children were and that the online launch of Wild Planet Explorers was such a success. As of 2022 I now offer my sessions online to schools, nurseries and families through a new online global environmental education programme. It now means I have the wonderful opportunity to meet even more children around the world and help them understand their role in helping threatened wildlife and habitats around the world.

For 3-9 years please visit https://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersJuniors

For 9-18yrs please visit https://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersKids

For the combined 3-18yrs programmes, please visit https://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersJuniorsandKids 

 

Wild Planet Explorers shortlisted Finalist in the Nature of Scotland Awards November 2021 for the Youth and Education Award!

 

Delighted to be nominated and shortlisted for the 3rd year for the Nature of Scotland awards, this time for the Youth and Education Award! Congratulations to New Abbey Primary who won this year.

You can read more from a local press release here: https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19573236.wild-planet-explorers-shortlisted-rspb-nature-award/

 

 Wild Planet Explorers delivering outside, inside and online again! (July 2021)

So great to be back meeting children again at after school clubs, holiday clubs and events, while still engaging with families, Scout groups and events online too.

Sessions have been adapted over the last 18 months which makes them more flexible to be delivered outside too so do get in touch if you are a teacher, group leader, event organise as I can deliver my sessions in the playground or in a field, inside or online, whatever  is easiest for you.

Do get in touch if I can help you deliver for school topics, awards, badges, events or home schooling.

 

4 new sessions for 3-9 years! (June 2021)

4 new sessions have been added to Wild Planet Explorers for Wild Planet Explorers Part 2.

This joins the original 8 sessions that make up Part 1 – Orsom the Octopus, Cassius the Crab, Deepa the Dolphin, Ava the Albatross, Jungo the Tiger, Finto the Frog and Tess the Toad, Red and Grey Squirrels, Bumble, Wallena and Hum (Bumblebees, Wasps and Honeybees).

12 sessions for 3-9 years to choose from as a family, teacher, group leader, event organiser!

The new sessions are Roddy the Robin and his Feathery Friends, Spindelia the Spider, Big Spotted Cats (Cheetahs, Leopards and Jaguars) and an Introduction to Global Warming and Climate Change, with 2 more coming soon!

 

Wild Planet Explorer’s 3P Pledge Champion Award reaches more schools through ongoing partnership with Scottish Water! (May 2021)

Excited to announce that Wild Planet Explorer’s partnership with Scottish Water continues, this time online for 2021, reaching 100’s more children across Scotland to help tackle the sewage related marine litter in our rivers and seas and on our beaches.
 

Wild Planet Explorer’s is delighted to be working with schools across Scotland and look forward to awarding them their 3P Pledge Champion award certificates as we did to schools in Rosyth and Kinghorn in partnership with Scottish Water in 2019.

 

Wild Planet Explorers online continues for nursery, primary and secondary aged children at school, nurseries or Scouts/Guides and home educators (March 2021).

Available for in person sessions again once this is possible so watch this space!

 

Wild Planet Explorers ready for the outside (August 2020)!

All sessions for 3-9yrs have now been adapted for outside, adhering to COVID 19 Health and Safety Guidelines and as fun, interactive and educational as ever! Had great fun with the Limekilns Rainbow just before Christmas with Roddy the Robin and his Feathery Friends. Roddy was in his element as you can see!

 

Wild Planet Explorers is Going Global!

Wild Planet Explorers is now working in partnership with Harwood Education and Melanie Harwood to deliver a global online Wild Planet Explorers programme for 3-18yrs which is very exciting.

I was lucky enough to have a team come up and film my sessions as part of this, what an experience, huge thanks to Mel and Jon and all their fantastic team.

Here is my latest podcast all about this:

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/009-joanna-mcfarlane-on-environmental-awareness-conservation/id1527964389?i=1000488408918

 

Wild Planet Explorer’s historical move online – April 2020

What a challenging time it has been for the world. Wild Planet Explorers has had to face its’ own challenges since March 2020 and the COVID 19 lockdown. As our sessions are face to face, in large groups, in schools, nurseries and groups, it is no surprise that Wild Planet Explorers had to take a break to think about its next steps.

It wasn’t long until it was clear that the only way to get Orsom and his friends out there, was online. So all the younger sessions were adapted and the first online sessions were delivered on Thursday 9th April 2020. From then until now, it has been an amazing rollercoaster ride, we have met so many amazing families, there are lots of new Wild Planet Explorers out there in Scotland and across the UK too (the amazing reach of the online world!), lots of certificates posted out (given after completing the first 8 sessions), with some doing them twice!

 

Awarded for Leadership in Sustainability and Climate Change Education – June 2020

Very proud to have been awarded the EduCCate Global Planet Award for Outstanding Leaders in Sustainability and Climate Change Education 2020. Here’s my cheesy picture!

 

Another 1240 children across Rosyth now 3P Pledge Champions!

Wild Planet Explorers has had an amazing time delivering sessions and presentations to 1240 children across 5 primary schools in Rosyth and Kinghorn between June 2019 – January 2020 with the 3P Pledge Champion Award supported by Scottish Water.

Children have met Orsom the Octopus, Cassius the Crab and Deepa the Dolphin in fun, educational and interactive sessions or if P5-P7 heard Wild Planet Explorer’s Biology, Habitats and Conservation presentation focusing on marine litter.  The children are tackling the issue of sewage related items that end up in rivers and the sea.

 

5000 new Wild Planet Explorers across Scotland (Feb 2020)

Delighted to announce that we have now engaged with a total of 5000 new young Wild Planet Explorer’s age 3 years and up, across Scottish communities since launching. 5000 potential new biologist and conservationists!

 

Finalist in the What’s On 4 Kids UK Awards 2019 held in London

Wild Planet Explorers was nominated by parents, leaders, teachers and others for the What’s on 4 Kids  for the Most loved academic/creative activity up to 9 leaders and was a finalist in the awards in London in October 2019.

 

Joanna becomes a UN accredited Climate Change Teacher and Regional Lead for EduCCate Global in Scotland

Founder of Wild Planet Explorers, Joanna McFarlane becomes an accredited climate change teacher and regional lead for EduCCate Global in Scotland, working for a Climate Change Education for every child in every school in Scotland.

“I had the amazing opportunity of streaming live through Skype into COP25 in Madrid alongside Alan Hesse an environmental educator in South America and Cris Robertson a teacher from South Africa, all of us sharing why we thought every teacher should have the opportunity to become a UN accredited climate change teacher. Find out how your school can become part of the EduCCate Global Climate Change Award programme at http://www.educcateglobal.org”

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Nature of Scotland Awards 2019

Wild Planet Explorers 3p Pledge Champion Award – Finalist in Community Initiative Award in Nature of Scotland Awards 2019, alongside some fantastic projects. Congratulations to the Back from the Brink project on winning this year!

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Fife Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019

   

Fantastic to be a finalist at the Fife Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in Glenrothes in March 2019 in the Community Engagement Award Category for our 3P Pledge Champion Award. Congratulations to MLM Building Supplies winning the category this year!

 

Congratulations to the 11th Fife Burntisland Scouts on their Wild Planet Explorer’s Forest Tiger Champion Award!

Amazing achievement’s by the 11th Fife Scouts in Burntisland who are celebrating completing their Wild Planet Explorer’s Forest Tiger Champion Award. Raising awareness of the issue of unsustainable palm oil and tiger decline. Great coverage in local press and recognition from Scottish Parliament too!

 

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Nature of Scotland Awards 2018

Very proud that Wild Planet Explorer’s was a finalist in the Nature of Scotland 2018 Business Award category! Had an amazing night but not to be this time with Barratt Homes winning the category! Next year?

     

 

Wild Planet Explorers is delighted to announce we have hit our Cash for Kids 1000 Faces Campaign £100 target!

For every new Wild Planet Explorer in Fife, we have been making a donation to Cash which does amazing work for children in the local area where Wild Planet Explorers is based. We will continue to donate to the 1000 Faces campaign for the rest of 2017.

Great news – Deposit Return is coming back to Scotland!

Wonderful news that the Scottish Government announced this month (Sept 2017) that there are plans for a national deposit scheme for bottles & cans!

Not to forget that where deposit schemes are introduced, recycling is over 90% and littering is massively reduced. A big positive step for the marine litter issue here in Scotland. Wild Planet Explorers is very proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Scheme whose team have successfully campaigned for this deposit scheme, so congratulations to everyone involved!

 

Wild Planet Explorers launches first local community initiative – The 3P Pledge and 3P Pledge Champion Award

Update July 2017 – Great news! 10% of households in our first 3P Pledge villages of Limekilns, Charlestown, Pattiesmuir & Crombie have already pledged!

Founder of Wild Planet Explorers Joanna McFarlane has launched a new local community initiative to address the build up of toilet waste being seen in her local streams, rivers, seas & on beaches where Wild Planet Explorers is based. Wipes, cotton buds, nappies, sanitary waste are being found strewn across local countryside due to drain blockages they cause & the resulting overflow of toilet waste into nearby waterways. There are only 3 things that can be put down the toilet – Pee, Poo & toilet Paper. Wipes, including biodegradable or flushable wipes do not break down quickly enough like toilet paper & quickly cause blockages. Find out more at https://www.wildplanetexplorers.co.uk/3ppledgechampionaward

 

Wild Planet Explorers is proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Campaign.

This campaign would like a Deposit Return System in Scotland. A deposit return system means you pay a small deposit when you buy drink cans and bottles, which you get back when you return them. By increasing recycling and reducing litter, it would lead to a cleaner, green and more sustainable Scotland for us all. Look at these stats!

1. 37 countries or regions in the world have already introduced effective deposit return systems including Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Croatia, most of Canada, 10 US states and large areas of Australia.

2. Drinks packaging is responsible for 80-95% of the litter in our seas by volume or weight and 50% of litter on land.

3. Deposit returns achieves recycling rates of over 90%+ in places that have it. This leads to huge reductions in litter!

4. In Germany 98.5% of plastic bottles are recycled.

5. A Scottish poll in 2015 showed that nearly 79% of people in Scotland were strongly or somewhat supportive of a deposit return scheme.

If would like to find out more about the campaign, please go to www.haveyougotthebottle.org.uk

 

Wild Planet Explorers engages with 2500 children in the first 18 months (part time)!

Wild Planet Explorers is celebrating after engaging with 2500 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife and Scotland so far (as of August 2018), in nurseries, schools, family sessions, groups, events and festivals.

 

Working with the Scouts!

Fantastic to be working with the Scouts across Scotland to deliver for their programmes.

Many Scout groups are now taking part in the 3P Pledge Champion Award to tackle the issue of marine litter and in particular sewage related debris.

Look forward to meeting more groups in the coming months!

 

Wild Planet Explorers hit the press last week (with some dubious photos of me!)

 

Wild Planet Explorers Finalist in What’s on 4 Kids UK Awards 2017, held in London.

After launching 7 months ago, delighted to visit London at the What’s on for Kids Awards 2017 where I was a finalist in the Best New Activity for Children. Not to be this time but amazingly inspiring event!

 

As of August 2017 there were 1200 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife & Scotland which is amazing!

Thank you to every individual who has been a part of this – here’s to many new Wild Planet Explorers becoming beginner biologists & conservationists across Scotland & having lots of fun at the same time!

 

Festival Fun!

Wild Planet Explorers had a great summer delivering sessions across Scotland at Aberdour Festival, Belladrum, Linlithgow Party at the Palace & ButeFest. Huge thanks to all the organisers for inviting us & to the fantastic new Wild Planet Explorers & their families who embraced the crab & dolphin fun throughout! In wellies, mud & all!

If you would like to get in touch about any of the stories, please contact our marketing team on info@wildplanetexplorers.co.uk, thank you!

Wild Planet Explorers launches new 2022 online global environmental programme for schools, nurseries and home educators – Wild Planet Explorers Juniors and Wild Planet Explorers Kids (May 2022). 

With the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, Wild Planet Explorer’s environmental programme became available online, engaging families in their homes during home schooling, with amazing facts, props and interactive activities they could do with their children throughout the sessions with Wild Planet Explorers, as well as presentations for older children studying environmental topics. 

Of course I missed seeing the families and children in person but it amazed me how engaged the children were and that the online launch of Wild Planet Explorers was such a success. As of 2022 I now offer my sessions online to schools, nurseries and families through a new online global environmental education programme. It now means I have the wonderful opportunity to meet even more children around the world and help them understand their role in helping threatened wildlife and habitats around the world.

 Visit https://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersJuniorshttps://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersKids and https://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersJuniorsandKids to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Planet Explorers shortlisted in the Final of the Nature of Scotland Awards November 2021 for the Youth and Education Award!

 

Delighted to be nominated and shortlisted for the 3rd year for the Nature of Scotland awards, this time for the Youth and Education Award! Congratulations to New Abbey Primary who won this year.

You can read more from a local press release here: https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19573236.wild-planet-explorers-shortlisted-rspb-nature-award/

 

 

Wild Planet Explorers delivering outside, inside and online again! (July 2021)

So great to be back meeting children again at after school clubs, holiday clubs and events, while still engaging with families, Scout groups and events online too. 

Sessions have been adapted over the last 18 months which makes them more flexible to be delivered outside too so do get in touch if you are a teacher, group leader, event organise as I can deliver my sessions in the playground or in a field, inside or online, whatever  is easiest for you.

Do get in touch if I can help you deliver for school topics, awards, badges, events or home schooling.

 

4 new sessions for 3-9 years! (June 2021)

4 new sessions have been added to Wild Planet Explorers for Wild Planet Explorers Part 2.

This joins the original 8 sessions that make up Part 1 – Orsom the Octopus, Cassius the Crab, Deepa the Dolphin, Ava the Albatross, Jungo the Tiger, Finto the Frog and Tess the Toad, Red and Grey Squirrels, Bumble, Wallena and Hum (Bumblebees, Wasps and Honeybees).

 12 sessions for 3-9 years to choose from as a family, teacher, group leader, event organiser! 

The new sessions are Roddy the Robin and his Feathery Friends, Spindelia the Spider, Big Spotted Cats (Cheetahs, Leopards and Jaguars) and an Introduction to Global Warming and Climate Change, with 2 more coming soon!

 

Wild Planet Explorer’s 3P Pledge Champion Award reaches more schools through ongoing partnership with Scottish Water! (May 2021)

Excited to announce that Wild Planet Explorer’s partnership with Scottish Water continues, this time online for 2021, reaching 100’s more children across Scotland to help tackle the sewage related marine litter in our rivers and seas and on our beaches.
 

Wild Planet Explorer’s is delighted to be working with schools across Scotland and look forward to awarding them their 3P Pledge Champion award certificates as we did to schools in Rosyth and Kinghorn in partnership with Scottish Water in 2019.

 

Wild Planet Explorers online continues for nursery, primary and secondary aged children at school, nurseries or Scouts/Guides and home educators (March 2021). 

Available for in person sessions again once this is possible so watch this space!

  

Wild Planet Explorers ready for the outside (August 2020)!

All sessions for 3-9yrs have now been adapted for outside, adhering to COVID 19 Health and Safety Guidelines and as fun, interactive and educational as ever! Had great fun with the Limekilns Rainbow just before Christmas with Roddy the Robin and his Feathery Friends. Roddy was in his element as you can see! 

  

Wild Planet Explorers is Going Global!

Wild Planet Explorers is now working in partnership with Harwood Education and Melanie Harwood to deliver a global online Wild Planet Explorers programme for 3-18yrs which is very exciting.

I was lucky enough to have a team come up and film my sessions as part of this, what an experience, huge thanks to Mel and Jon and all their fantastic team.

Here is my latest podcast all about this:

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/009-joanna-mcfarlane-on-environmental-awareness-conservation/id1527964389?i=1000488408918

 

Wild Planet Explorer’s historical move online – April 2020

What a challenging time it has been for the world. Wild Planet Explorers has had to face its’ own challenges since March 2020 and the COVID 19 lockdown. As our sessions are face to face, in large groups, in schools, nurseries and groups, it is no surprise that Wild Planet Explorers had to take a break to think about its next steps.

It wasn’t long until it was clear that the only way to get Orsom and his friends out there, was online. So all the younger sessions were adapted and the first online sessions were delivered on Thursday 9th April 2020. From then until now, it has been an amazing rollercoaster ride, we have met so many amazing families, there are lots of new Wild Planet Explorers out there in Scotland and across the UK too (the amazing reach of the online world!), lots of certificates posted out (given after completing the first 8 sessions), with some doing them twice!

 

Awarded for Leadership in Sustainability and Climate Change Education – June 2020

Very proud to have been awarded the EduCCate Global Planet Award for Outstanding Leaders in Sustainability and Climate Change Education 2020. Here’s my cheesy picture!

 

Another 1240 children across Rosyth now 3P Pledge Champions!

Wild Planet Explorers has had an amazing time delivering sessions and presentations to 1240 children across 5 primary schools in Rosyth and Kinghorn between June 2019 – January 2020 with the 3P Pledge Champion Award supported by Scottish Water.

Children have met Orsom the Octopus, Cassius the Crab and Deepa the Dolphin in fun, educational and interactive sessions or if P5-P7 heard Wild Planet Explorer’s Biology, Habitats and Conservation presentation focusing on marine litter.  The children are tackling the issue of sewage related items that end up in rivers and the sea.

 

5000 new Wild Planet Explorers across Scotland (Feb 2020)

Delighted to announce that we have now engaged with a total of 5000 new young Wild Planet Explorer’s age 3 years and up, across Scottish communities since launching. 5000 potential new biologist and conservationists!

 

Finalist in the What’s On 4 Kids UK Awards 2019 held in London

Wild Planet Explorers was nominated by parents, leaders, teachers and others for the What’s on 4 Kids  for the Most loved academic/creative activity up to 9 leaders and was a finalist in the awards in London in October 2019.

 

Joanna becomes a UN accredited Climate Change Teacher and Regional Lead for EduCCate Global in Scotland

Founder of Wild Planet Explorers, Joanna McFarlane becomes an accredited climate change teacher and regional lead for EduCCate Global in Scotland, working for a Climate Change Education for every child in every school in Scotland.

“I had the amazing opportunity of streaming live through Skype into COP25 in Madrid alongside Alan Hesse an environmental educator in South America and Cris Robertson a teacher from South Africa, all of us sharing why we thought every teacher should have the opportunity to become a UN accredited climate change teacher. Find out how your school can become part of the EduCCate Global Climate Change Award programme at http://www.educcateglobal.org”

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Nature of Scotland Awards 2019

Wild Planet Explorers 3p Pledge Champion Award – Finalist in Community Initiative Award in Nature of Scotland Awards 2019, alongside some fantastic projects. Congratulations to the Back from the Brink project on winning this year! 

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Fife Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019

   

Fantastic to be a finalist at the Fife Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in Glenrothes in March 2019 in the Community Engagement Award Category for our 3P Pledge Champion Award. Congratulations to MLM Building Supplies winning the category this year!

 

Congratulations to the 11th Fife Burntisland Scouts on their Wild Planet Explorer’s Forest Tiger Champion Award!

Amazing achievement’s by the 11th Fife Scouts in Burntisland who are celebrating completing their Wild Planet Explorer’s Forest Tiger Champion Award. Raising awareness of the issue of unsustainable palm oil and tiger decline. Great coverage in local press and recognition from Scottish Parliament too!

 

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Nature of Scotland Awards 2018

Very proud that Wild Planet Explorer’s was a finalist in the Nature of Scotland 2018 Business Award category! Had an amazing night but not to be this time with Barratt Homes winning the category! Next year?

     

 

Wild Planet Explorers is delighted to announce we have hit our Cash for Kids 1000 Faces Campaign £100 target!

For every new Wild Planet Explorer in Fife, we have been making a donation to Cash which does amazing work for children in the local area where Wild Planet Explorers is based. We will continue to donate to the 1000 Faces campaign for the rest of 2017.

Great news – Deposit Return is coming back to Scotland!

Wonderful news that the Scottish Government announced this month (Sept 2017) that there are plans for a national deposit scheme for bottles & cans!

Not to forget that where deposit schemes are introduced, recycling is over 90% and littering is massively reduced. A big positive step for the marine litter issue here in Scotland. Wild Planet Explorers is very proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Scheme whose team have successfully campaigned for this deposit scheme, so congratulations to everyone involved! 

 

Wild Planet Explorers launches first local community initiative – The 3P Pledge and 3P Pledge Champion Award

Update July 2017 – Great news! 10% of households in our first 3P Pledge villages of Limekilns, Charlestown, Pattiesmuir & Crombie have already pledged!

Founder of Wild Planet Explorers Joanna McFarlane has launched a new local community initiative to address the build up of toilet waste being seen in her local streams, rivers, seas & on beaches where Wild Planet Explorers is based. Wipes, cotton buds, nappies, sanitary waste are being found strewn across local countryside due to drain blockages they cause & the resulting overflow of toilet waste into nearby waterways. There are only 3 things that can be put down the toilet – Pee, Poo & toilet Paper. Wipes, including biodegradable or flushable wipes do not break down quickly enough like toilet paper & quickly cause blockages. Find out more at https://www.wildplanetexplorers.co.uk/3ppledgechampionaward

 

Wild Planet Explorers is proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Campaign.

This campaign would like a Deposit Return System in Scotland. A deposit return system means you pay a small deposit when you buy drink cans and bottles, which you get back when you return them. By increasing recycling and reducing litter, it would lead to a cleaner, green and more sustainable Scotland for us all. Look at these stats!

1. 37 countries or regions in the world have already introduced effective deposit return systems including Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Croatia, most of Canada, 10 US states and large areas of Australia.

2. Drinks packaging is responsible for 80-95% of the litter in our seas by volume or weight and 50% of litter on land.

3. Deposit returns achieves recycling rates of over 90%+ in places that have it. This leads to huge reductions in litter!

4. In Germany 98.5% of plastic bottles are recycled.

5. A Scottish poll in 2015 showed that nearly 79% of people in Scotland were strongly or somewhat supportive of a deposit return scheme.

If would like to find out more about the campaign, please go to www.haveyougotthebottle.org.uk

 

Wild Planet Explorers engages with 2500 children in the first 18 months (part time)!

Wild Planet Explorers is celebrating after engaging with 2500 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife and Scotland so far (as of August 2018), in nurseries, schools, family sessions, groups, events and festivals.

 

Working with the Scouts!

Fantastic to be working with the Scouts across Scotland to deliver for their programmes.

Many Scout groups are now taking part in the 3P Pledge Champion Award to tackle the issue of marine litter and in particular sewage related debris.

Look forward to meeting more groups in the coming months!

 

Wild Planet Explorers hit the press last week (with some dubious photos of me!)

 

Wild Planet Explorers Finalist in What’s on 4 Kids UK Awards 2017, held in London.

After launching 7 months ago, delighted to visit London at the What’s on for Kids Awards 2017 where I was a finalist in the Best New Activity for Children. Not to be this time but amazingly inspiring event!

 

As of August 2017 there were 1200 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife & Scotland which is amazing!

Thank you to every individual who has been a part of this – here’s to many new Wild Planet Explorers becoming beginner biologists & conservationists across Scotland & having lots of fun at the same time!

 

Festival Fun!

Wild Planet Explorers had a great summer delivering sessions across Scotland at Aberdour Festival, Belladrum, Linlithgow Party at the Palace & ButeFest. Huge thanks to all the organisers for inviting us & to the fantastic new Wild Planet Explorers & their families who embraced the crab & dolphin fun throughout! In wellies, mud & all!

If you would like to get in touch about any of the stories, please contact our marketing team on info@wildplanetexplorers.co.uk, thank you!

Wild Planet Explorers launches new 2022 online global environmental programme for schools, nurseries and home educators – Wild Planet Explorers Juniors and Wild Planet Explorers Kids (May 2022). 

With the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, Wild Planet Explorer’s environmental programme became available online, engaging families in their homes during home schooling, with amazing facts, props and interactive activities they could do with their children throughout the sessions with Wild Planet Explorers, as well as presentations for older children studying environmental topics. 

Of course I missed seeing the families and children in person but it amazed me how engaged the children were and that the online launch of Wild Planet Explorers was such a success. As of 2022 I now offer my sessions online to schools, nurseries and families through a new online global environmental education programme. It now means I have the wonderful opportunity to meet even more children around the world and help them understand their role in helping threatened wildlife and habitats around the world.

 Visit https://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersJuniorshttps://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersKids and https://planet.educcateglobal.org/WildPlanetExplorersJuniorsandKids to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Planet Explorers shortlisted in the Final of the Nature of Scotland Awards November 2021 for the Youth and Education Award!

 

Delighted to be nominated and shortlisted for the 3rd year for the Nature of Scotland awards, this time for the Youth and Education Award! Congratulations to New Abbey Primary who won this year.

You can read more from a local press release here: https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19573236.wild-planet-explorers-shortlisted-rspb-nature-award/

 

 

Wild Planet Explorers delivering outside, inside and online again! (July 2021)

So great to be back meeting children again at after school clubs, holiday clubs and events, while still engaging with families, Scout groups and events online too. 

Sessions have been adapted over the last 18 months which makes them more flexible to be delivered outside too so do get in touch if you are a teacher, group leader, event organise as I can deliver my sessions in the playground or in a field, inside or online, whatever  is easiest for you.

Do get in touch if I can help you deliver for school topics, awards, badges, events or home schooling.

 

4 new sessions for 3-9 years! (June 2021)

4 new sessions have been added to Wild Planet Explorers for Wild Planet Explorers Part 2.

This joins the original 8 sessions that make up Part 1 – Orsom the Octopus, Cassius the Crab, Deepa the Dolphin, Ava the Albatross, Jungo the Tiger, Finto the Frog and Tess the Toad, Red and Grey Squirrels, Bumble, Wallena and Hum (Bumblebees, Wasps and Honeybees).

 12 sessions for 3-9 years to choose from as a family, teacher, group leader, event organiser! 

The new sessions are Roddy the Robin and his Feathery Friends, Spindelia the Spider, Big Spotted Cats (Cheetahs, Leopards and Jaguars) and an Introduction to Global Warming and Climate Change, with 2 more coming soon!

 

Wild Planet Explorer’s 3P Pledge Champion Award reaches more schools through ongoing partnership with Scottish Water! (May 2021)

Excited to announce that Wild Planet Explorer’s partnership with Scottish Water continues, this time online for 2021, reaching 100’s more children across Scotland to help tackle the sewage related marine litter in our rivers and seas and on our beaches.
 

Wild Planet Explorer’s is delighted to be working with schools across Scotland and look forward to awarding them their 3P Pledge Champion award certificates as we did to schools in Rosyth and Kinghorn in partnership with Scottish Water in 2019.

 

Wild Planet Explorers online continues for nursery, primary and secondary aged children at school, nurseries or Scouts/Guides and home educators (March 2021). 

Available for in person sessions again once this is possible so watch this space!

  

Wild Planet Explorers ready for the outside (August 2020)!

All sessions for 3-9yrs have now been adapted for outside, adhering to COVID 19 Health and Safety Guidelines and as fun, interactive and educational as ever! Had great fun with the Limekilns Rainbow just before Christmas with Roddy the Robin and his Feathery Friends. Roddy was in his element as you can see! 

  

Wild Planet Explorers is Going Global!

Wild Planet Explorers is now working in partnership with Harwood Education and Melanie Harwood to deliver a global online Wild Planet Explorers programme for 3-18yrs which is very exciting.

I was lucky enough to have a team come up and film my sessions as part of this, what an experience, huge thanks to Mel and Jon and all their fantastic team.

Here is my latest podcast all about this:

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/009-joanna-mcfarlane-on-environmental-awareness-conservation/id1527964389?i=1000488408918

 

Wild Planet Explorer’s historical move online – April 2020

What a challenging time it has been for the world. Wild Planet Explorers has had to face its’ own challenges since March 2020 and the COVID 19 lockdown. As our sessions are face to face, in large groups, in schools, nurseries and groups, it is no surprise that Wild Planet Explorers had to take a break to think about its next steps.

It wasn’t long until it was clear that the only way to get Orsom and his friends out there, was online. So all the younger sessions were adapted and the first online sessions were delivered on Thursday 9th April 2020. From then until now, it has been an amazing rollercoaster ride, we have met so many amazing families, there are lots of new Wild Planet Explorers out there in Scotland and across the UK too (the amazing reach of the online world!), lots of certificates posted out (given after completing the first 8 sessions), with some doing them twice!

 

Awarded for Leadership in Sustainability and Climate Change Education – June 2020

Very proud to have been awarded the EduCCate Global Planet Award for Outstanding Leaders in Sustainability and Climate Change Education 2020. Here’s my cheesy picture!

 

Another 1240 children across Rosyth now 3P Pledge Champions!

Wild Planet Explorers has had an amazing time delivering sessions and presentations to 1240 children across 5 primary schools in Rosyth and Kinghorn between June 2019 – January 2020 with the 3P Pledge Champion Award supported by Scottish Water.

Children have met Orsom the Octopus, Cassius the Crab and Deepa the Dolphin in fun, educational and interactive sessions or if P5-P7 heard Wild Planet Explorer’s Biology, Habitats and Conservation presentation focusing on marine litter.  The children are tackling the issue of sewage related items that end up in rivers and the sea.

 

5000 new Wild Planet Explorers across Scotland (Feb 2020)

Delighted to announce that we have now engaged with a total of 5000 new young Wild Planet Explorer’s age 3 years and up, across Scottish communities since launching. 5000 potential new biologist and conservationists!

 

Finalist in the What’s On 4 Kids UK Awards 2019 held in London

Wild Planet Explorers was nominated by parents, leaders, teachers and others for the What’s on 4 Kids  for the Most loved academic/creative activity up to 9 leaders and was a finalist in the awards in London in October 2019.

 

Joanna becomes a UN accredited Climate Change Teacher and Regional Lead for EduCCate Global in Scotland

Founder of Wild Planet Explorers, Joanna McFarlane becomes an accredited climate change teacher and regional lead for EduCCate Global in Scotland, working for a Climate Change Education for every child in every school in Scotland.

“I had the amazing opportunity of streaming live through Skype into COP25 in Madrid alongside Alan Hesse an environmental educator in South America and Cris Robertson a teacher from South Africa, all of us sharing why we thought every teacher should have the opportunity to become a UN accredited climate change teacher. Find out how your school can become part of the EduCCate Global Climate Change Award programme at http://www.educcateglobal.org”

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Nature of Scotland Awards 2019

Wild Planet Explorers 3p Pledge Champion Award – Finalist in Community Initiative Award in Nature of Scotland Awards 2019, alongside some fantastic projects. Congratulations to the Back from the Brink project on winning this year! 

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Fife Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019

   

Fantastic to be a finalist at the Fife Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in Glenrothes in March 2019 in the Community Engagement Award Category for our 3P Pledge Champion Award. Congratulations to MLM Building Supplies winning the category this year!

 

Congratulations to the 11th Fife Burntisland Scouts on their Wild Planet Explorer’s Forest Tiger Champion Award!

Amazing achievement’s by the 11th Fife Scouts in Burntisland who are celebrating completing their Wild Planet Explorer’s Forest Tiger Champion Award. Raising awareness of the issue of unsustainable palm oil and tiger decline. Great coverage in local press and recognition from Scottish Parliament too!

 

 

Wild Planet Explorers a Finalist in the Nature of Scotland Awards 2018

Very proud that Wild Planet Explorer’s was a finalist in the Nature of Scotland 2018 Business Award category! Had an amazing night but not to be this time with Barratt Homes winning the category! Next year?

     

 

Wild Planet Explorers is delighted to announce we have hit our Cash for Kids 1000 Faces Campaign £100 target!

For every new Wild Planet Explorer in Fife, we have been making a donation to Cash which does amazing work for children in the local area where Wild Planet Explorers is based. We will continue to donate to the 1000 Faces campaign for the rest of 2017.

Great news – Deposit Return is coming back to Scotland!

Wonderful news that the Scottish Government announced this month (Sept 2017) that there are plans for a national deposit scheme for bottles & cans!

Not to forget that where deposit schemes are introduced, recycling is over 90% and littering is massively reduced. A big positive step for the marine litter issue here in Scotland. Wild Planet Explorers is very proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Scheme whose team have successfully campaigned for this deposit scheme, so congratulations to everyone involved! 

 

Wild Planet Explorers launches first local community initiative – The 3P Pledge and 3P Pledge Champion Award

Update July 2017 – Great news! 10% of households in our first 3P Pledge villages of Limekilns, Charlestown, Pattiesmuir & Crombie have already pledged!

Founder of Wild Planet Explorers Joanna McFarlane has launched a new local community initiative to address the build up of toilet waste being seen in her local streams, rivers, seas & on beaches where Wild Planet Explorers is based. Wipes, cotton buds, nappies, sanitary waste are being found strewn across local countryside due to drain blockages they cause & the resulting overflow of toilet waste into nearby waterways. There are only 3 things that can be put down the toilet – Pee, Poo & toilet Paper. Wipes, including biodegradable or flushable wipes do not break down quickly enough like toilet paper & quickly cause blockages. Find out more at https://www.wildplanetexplorers.co.uk/3ppledgechampionaward

 

Wild Planet Explorers is proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Campaign.

This campaign would like a Deposit Return System in Scotland. A deposit return system means you pay a small deposit when you buy drink cans and bottles, which you get back when you return them. By increasing recycling and reducing litter, it would lead to a cleaner, green and more sustainable Scotland for us all. Look at these stats!

1. 37 countries or regions in the world have already introduced effective deposit return systems including Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Croatia, most of Canada, 10 US states and large areas of Australia.

2. Drinks packaging is responsible for 80-95% of the litter in our seas by volume or weight and 50% of litter on land.

3. Deposit returns achieves recycling rates of over 90%+ in places that have it. This leads to huge reductions in litter!

4. In Germany 98.5% of plastic bottles are recycled.

5. A Scottish poll in 2015 showed that nearly 79% of people in Scotland were strongly or somewhat supportive of a deposit return scheme.

If would like to find out more about the campaign, please go to www.haveyougotthebottle.org.uk

 

Wild Planet Explorers engages with 2500 children in the first 18 months (part time)!

Wild Planet Explorers is celebrating after engaging with 2500 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife and Scotland so far (as of August 2018), in nurseries, schools, family sessions, groups, events and festivals.

 

Working with the Scouts!

Fantastic to be working with the Scouts across Scotland to deliver for their programmes.

Many Scout groups are now taking part in the 3P Pledge Champion Award to tackle the issue of marine litter and in particular sewage related debris.

Look forward to meeting more groups in the coming months!

 

Wild Planet Explorers hit the press last week (with some dubious photos of me!)

 

Wild Planet Explorers Finalist in What’s on 4 Kids UK Awards 2017, held in London.

After launching 7 months ago, delighted to visit London at the What’s on for Kids Awards 2017 where I was a finalist in the Best New Activity for Children. Not to be this time but amazingly inspiring event!

 

As of August 2017 there were 1200 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife & Scotland which is amazing!

Thank you to every individual who has been a part of this – here’s to many new Wild Planet Explorers becoming beginner biologists & conservationists across Scotland & having lots of fun at the same time!

 

Festival Fun!

Wild Planet Explorers had a great summer delivering sessions across Scotland at Aberdour Festival, Belladrum, Linlithgow Party at the Palace & ButeFest. Huge thanks to all the organisers for inviting us & to the fantastic new Wild Planet Explorers & their families who embraced the crab & dolphin fun throughout! In wellies, mud & all!