• Schoolchildren are being offered unique experiences at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park

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    November 28, 2019
    Schoolchildren are being offered unique opportunities to get a hands-on experience to learn all about Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s polar bears.
     
    The Bear Necessities Sessions will feature interactive activities and games designed to reveal the challenges they face in the Arctic as climate change threatens their home and hunting grounds.
     
    The outreach sessions are aimed at children from Years 1 to 6 and link with several national curriculum subjects and with cornerstone creative curriculum topics.
     
    They are packed with information and insights from Project Polar, home to the park’s four polar bears, and the work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation, a leading force in species conservation.
     
    Students will learn about how the polar bears cope in a harsh habitat, the threats they face and how the public can help protect them. 
     
    They will studya life size replica polar bear skull and claws along with life-size footprints in a fascinating, deep dive into the world of polar bears.
     
    “We love running education programmes as they bring children closer to wildlife in a fun and informative way and they really grab their attention and interest,” said Jade Bancroft of the park at Branton, near Doncaster. 

    “They are great fun and a brilliant way for teachers to give children rich experiences.
     
    “Children are naturally inquisitive and these sessions provide answers to all their questions and stimulate them to consider animals and their futures.”
     
    The packages, which include a photo opportunity with the YWP life size polar bear banner, are available till late February.
     
    Half day packages include two sessions at £175. Full day packages include four sessions at £300. Extra sessions can be booked on at £50. Sessions are available for a maximum of 35 students per session. 
     
    A ‘Bear Necessities’ assembly session is also available in return for a small donation to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation. It features an interactive 25-minute educational talk that engages students in the topics of polar bears and climate change.
     
    The Assembly, which is suitable for Key stage 1 and 2 and lots of children at the same time, is available in morning and afternoon slots to local schools.
     
     For more information visit: https://www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com/education/bear-necessities-outreach-session/ 
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