Nurseries & Schools

Wild Planet Explorers was founded by Joanna McFarlane to inspire future biologists and conservationists and to encourage children to find out more about animals & their habitats and to explore and take action for nature. Joanna McFarlane is a qualified biologist and conservationist. 

Wild Planet Explorers animal biology and conservation sessions, presentations and awards are designed for 3-18 year olds. They can be delivered and tailored for different age groups and classes.

They can be delivered in person or through Wild Planet Explorers new online global environmental education programme – Wild Planet Explorers Juniors and Wild Planet Explorers Kids. Visit and to find out more. 

Wild Planet Explorers delivers for STEM, Learning for Sustainability, Interdisciplinary Learning, Curriculum for Excellence and National Curriculum and believes that sustainability and climate change education should be delivered cross curricular rather than only in Geography or Biology focused parts of the curriculum. 

Children can also take part in Wild Planet Explorer’s 3P Pledge Champion Award and Forest Tiger Champion Award which both deliver for other Eco Awards such as the John Muir Award, Duke of Edinburgh, RSPB Wild Challenge and Eco School aims.

Joanna can also join your class for a World of Work week or Career related school, nursery or group topics to talk to the children about being a biologist or conservationist and/or why she ended up setting up her new business Wild Planet Explorers.

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 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. As of 2022 I now offer my sessions online to schools, nurseries and families through a new online global environmental education programme, which gives me the amazing opportunity to meet even more children around the world. Visit and to find out more. 

For testimonials, please see a few from teachers below, visit the website or visit our Facebook page for reviews and comments at

If you would like to speak to other nurseries and schools who have invited Wild Planet Explorers in, we would be very happy to put you in touch with them.

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.

FOR 3-9 YRS (nursery to P4)

Animal Biology and Conservation sessions for 3-9 year old’s are fun educational and interactive and share amazing biology and conservation facts about animals using props, imaginative play, games, music and song (optional depending on age).

Wild Planet Explorers sessions are designed so the learning is fun and to make it as easy as possible for children to remember the scientific facts and how they can help the animal and habitat afterwards from their home, nursery or school.

There are 11 different animal/animal groups sessions shown here to choose from, with the related conservation message that is shared at the end of each session:

  • Orsom the Octopus – marine litter from the toilet (20% of Scotland’s marine litter) and impact on wildlife – focus on plastics
  • Cassius the Crab – beach litter and impact on wildlife – focus on plastics
  • Deepa the Dolphin – Great Pacific Garbage Patch and impact on wildlife – focus on plastics
  • Ava the Albatross – sustainable fishing and albatross bycatch
  • Finto the Frog & Tess the Toad – creating homes for frogs and toads
  • Jungo the Tiger – palm oil related deforestation and resulting tiger decline
  • Little Red & Big Grey the Squirrel – story of the red and grey squirrel and impact of invasive species
  • Bumble, Walleena & Hum (Bumblebee, Wasp & Honeybee) – importance as pollinators but not only them! (flies etc)
  • Roddy the Robin and his feathery friends – decline of certain garden birds.
  • Spindelia the Spider – why we should thank spiders instead of being afraid of them!
  • Cheetahs, Leopards and Jaguars – the differences and similarities, importance of understanding where animals live globally.
  • An introduction to Climate Change and Global Warming  – the basics of what it all means and how we can help.


Children can also complete Wild Planet Explorer’s 3P Pledge Champion Award by attending Orsom the Octopus session if 3-9yrs or the Biology, Habitats and Conservation Marine Litter presentation – 9-18yrs (see below).

They then complete 3 further actions to receive their I’m a 3P Pledge Champion certificate. For more information please visit our 3P Pledge page via the Menu or email to find out more about the actions for your nursery or school.

School children can also take part in Wild Planet Explorer’s New Forest Tiger Champion Award, by attending the Jungo the Tiger session (for 3-9yrs) or the Biology, Habitats and Conservation Forest Tiger presentation for 8/9-18yrs (see below), where children help tackle the issue of unsustainable palm oil and resulting tiger decline. For more information please contact


For 9-18yrs 

Wild Planet Explorers delivers a dynamic, current, topical Biology, Habitat and Conservation presentation introducing these subjects to the children and sharing the different global threats to wildlife around the world including the UK. Presentations will be tailored to different age groups and each presentation shows the children how they can help.

These stories include marine litter and circular economy messages, habitat loss and degradation e.g marine litter pollution, deforestation, changes to UK landscapes, unsustainable consumption eg fishing and bycatch, illegal wildlife trade, invasive species.

Please see testimonials below and above.

Useful practical information for teachers!

Sessions for 3-9yrs require a good sized space for layout of props and for children to move around freely. Sessions range from 45 minutes (3-5yrs) – 1 hour (p1-P4) to up to 1.5hrs  (P5-P7 and older). Ideal number for 3-9 yrs sessions is up to 20, however there is flexibility if groups are slightly larger than this due to class sizes.

Presentations for 9-18yrs require a large screen, laptop to connect a memory stick to, access to the internet and sound to show a few short films, one table and space for the children to sit. There is no maximum number for these presentations.

I require 30-45 minutes set up time and ideally I would be able to bring my car close to the entrance of the school or nursery due to the amount of kit I need to unload, especially for the 3-9yrs sessions, less so for the presentations.

Sessions can be run consecutively with a 15 minute break between to re-set up. Please email for more information and prices.

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“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

Wild Planet Explorers is delighted to be a STEM provider focusing on animal biology & conservation for 3-18year olds and have already delivered our fun, educational and interactive animal biology & conservation sessions in schools and 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.