Kids are going wild!
Pupils at a Rutherglen primary school went wild last week.
But kids at St Mark’s certainly weren’t out of control.
They were able to experience a series of interactive Scottish wildlife sessions thanks to a specially designed doubledecker education bus touring Scotland.
The ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus is visiting schools in the area as part of a wider campaign being brought to all of Scotland’s 32 local councils.
It’s the second time the bus has visited Rutherglen, having already stopped by Burnside Primary School in January, during last term.
Now in its second year, the programme has been developed by the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland ( RZSS) and has been made possible through a partnership between Clydesdale Bank and RZSS to support the charity in its conservation goals across Scotland.
Pupils from St Mark’s Primary School got to take part in a variety of interactive and fun sessions which focused on Scottish native species, their habitats and environments. Sessions were delivered by a dedicated education team from RZSS.
Chris West, CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: “Conservation through education is one of the founding principles behind the Society and remains one of our key goals to this day.
“Our mobile education bus has had a huge impact across the length and breadth of Scotland, carrying out a large number of pit stops in South Lanarkshire. It is vital that we reach out to teach young people about conservation work and the species on their own doorstep. This outreach project makes up a significant part of RZSS’s work and we hope to continue with this, and other similar projects, for the foreseeable future.”
Helen Page, Customer Experience, Products and Marketing Director at Clydesdale Bank, said: “RZSS makes a vital contribution to the conservation of Scotland’s wildlife, both through direct preservation and its commitment to educating the public on endangered species, habitats and ecosystems.
“Since its first trip last year more than 11,000 people have experienced the Wild about Scotland bus, including 286 from South Lanarkshire.
“We’re proud to be supporting the campaign in the new term, particularly as the bus gives communities that may not otherwise have the opportunity, the chance to engage with expertise from RZSS on Scottish conservation.”
To find out which schools and venues the bus is visiting or to book a visit to your local primary school for the next term, please visit : http:// www. cbonline. co.uk/wildaboutscotland
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