Educating our future generations on how to care for and protect our environment has always been a top priority for the Loch Ken Trust. It is vitally important to us that children are equipped with the knowledge to enjoy our beautiful environment responsibly and enjoy all that nature and the outdoors has to offer.
Last week saw the successful launch of the first of this year’s environmental education sessions held at the Galloway Activity Centre.
The activities were designed by students from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) with collaboration from Loch Ken Ranger Leanne Pumpr. The students are currently working on a Wildlife and Conservation Course which aims to provide them with real-life experience of working with communities and managing natural heritage.
The sessions were given the thumbs up by the Primary 5 and 6 children from Crossmichael Primary who were the first to take part. The fun and engaging activities included scavenger hunts, squirrel den building, mini ecosystems and food webs. The weather was perfect for the schoolkids to enjoy a day of outdoor learning and fun in stunning surroundings. Tasty packed lunches were provided by The Thistle Inn.
None of this would have been possible without funding received through Inspiring Scotland from the Scottish Government’s Rural and Island Communities Idea Into Action Fund.
Thanks to a generous donation from Drax Group, the owners of the Galloway Hydro Scheme, we will be able to roll out delivery of these activities to local schools in the summer term.