Encouraging the next generation

NORTHUMBERLAND Wildlife Trust is hoping to inspire the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts with the launch of its Schools Wildlife Watch Membership package.

The organisation works with more than 40 schools each year and also takes around 80 groups of students to visit its nature reserves.

The teachers it works with find that learning about nature outside the classroom not only encourages practical life skills and increases knowledge across the curriculum but also stimulates creativity and independent thinking.

Any school which becomes a member will be able to enjoy a range of benefits including a welcome pack containing an environmental education CD packed with wildlife ID sheets, quizzes, activities and project ideas, password access to teaching resources from the national Wildlife Watch website, a Wildlife Watch pack containing a magazine, posters, stickers and activity handbook full of information on wildlife and things to do plus a framed membership certificate to hang in a prominent place in the school.

In addition, stories about participating schools will be posted on the Trust’s new website (www.nwt.org.uk) with a link to the individual school’s website and they will also receive e-newsletters packed full of tips, competitions, details of funding opportunities, discounts and school news, Link, the Wildlife Watch leaders’ magazine and Wildlife Watch magazine three times a year.

Membership is £95 plus VAT per year and any school interested in becoming a member should complete the online form at www.nwt.org.uk For more details ring 0191 2846884.