Pupils from four East Riding schools will be the first in the country to try out a new teaching resource on the unique wildlife of The Galapagos Islands.
Children from Bishop Wilton, Newbald, and Warter primary schools and Woldgate College will take part in a workshop this week (June 26th & 27th) run by conservation experts from the London-based Galapagos Conservation Trust and organised by Thixendale wildlife artist Robert E Fuller.
The workshops are designed to teach students about the creatures that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and include photographs and video of waved albatross and blue footed boobies taken by Mr Fuller during a fact-finding tour commissioned by the Trust in May.
“I’m delighted to be able to provide the Galapagos Conservation Trust with footage of the way in which these unique species interact,” said Mr Fuller.
“It is so important that children learn about how conservationists are supporting the wildlife of this very special region and about the importance of its continued survival.”
The school workshops, which involve activities and games to demonstrate how species adapt and how food chains work, take place on Thursday June 26th and Friday June 27th.
They precede a new teaching resource due to be launched later this year. The international bilingual website, www.discoveringgalapagos.org.uk aims to provide a comprehensive resource for use by teachers, students and the general public.
Entitled Discovering Galapagos, it will be launched to teachers around the world at an official ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society London headquarters in October.
The interactive website been designed to fit in with next year’s new nationwide curriculum requirements and also covers topics such as volcanoes and the history of Charles Darwin.
It is the result of a collaborative effort headed by the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the UK’s only charity dedicated exclusively to the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos Islands. Other partners include The Royal Geographical Society, Robert E Fuller and the literacy charity The Book Bus, which will assist in delivering the programme to schools in Ecuador.
Mr Fuller is to also host a family workshop run by the Galapagos Conservation Trust at his gallery in Thixendale on Saturday June 28 as part of his art exhibition on Galapagos wildlife, which runs until July 13th.