This week Wild Wonder celebrated a year-long project working with children and staff from 10 Hertfordshire schools. Joining together at the first ever Wild@Herts Wild Wonder School Summit at Hatfield House on Monday, pupil ambassadors from each school shared their discoveries and photography of wildest Hertfordshire. In school grounds & ponds, nearby wild spaces or local nature reserves, and time spent photographing badgers, bluebells, aquatic caddis fly and breeding kingfishers, over the past year the children have become talented wildlife photographers, nature detectives and local conservationists. And we have all learnt how much Wild Wonder is on our doorsteps. During the Wild@Herts School Summit, pupils not only shared their experiences, but produced poetry, songs and raps celebrating their outdoor learning, local biodiversity and how to ensure we continue to care for the environment. One school performed their brilliant Wild@Herts rap to the tune of ‘We Will Rock You’!
Continuing to share & inspire, the Wild@Herts exhibition goes on public display at the Hatfield Galleria from Thursday 22nd May – 4th June and then travels around participating schools. Turning learning in reverse, the children’s images will showcase the wildlife of Hertfordshire to the wider community. Do go along to the Galleria if you are near – below is just a tiny selection of the children’s amazing work.
This is far from the end, we are already planning Wild@Herts 2. But first, we are looking forward to September’s Wild Wonder Bristol Eco-Summit with a dozen local schools, and then Wild Wonder Gloucestershire which culminates in 2016. And plans are already underway for the first national Wild Wonder School Summit – watch this space!
A huge thank you Hatfield House & The Galleria for hosting the events, to Mrs Massey & Mrs Williams at Howe Dell and UnLtd for all your help making it happen and most of all to the pupils & staff of Hammond Academy and Abbots Langley, Applecroft, Cranbrorne, Hertingfordbury Cowper, Howe Dell, Offley, North Mymms St Mary’s, Rowans and Windhill Primary Schools. Do check out the school blogs.