On Friday the 2nd October 2015 we were pleased to host another visit from Felsted Preparatory School at our Chatham Green site. The versatility of our site really lends itself to many learning objectives that schools are seeking.
Felsted School had asked us to support them in delivering an art based programme that linked to the recently announced UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. These Global Goals cover 17 topic areas and are depicted in picture form as well as words – for example No Poverty, Life on Land, Climate Action and Sustainable Cities and Communities.

One of our outdoor facilitators, Shane Ibbs, started the two sessions in the morning and afternoon by initiating group discussions with the young people, which went very well.  From this point they split into four groups in order to forage for natural materials to make their art work. They then in groups used their materials to create icons that represent one of the UN Sustainable Goals.
All the young people were very enthusiastic about their group art, they collected leaves, dead wood, as well as various colourful fruits and utilised all possible natural materials our site could offer.  As they embarked upon these tasks they enjoyed running and exploring our woodland area.  They also spent time around our pond dipping platform.
The culmination of the day was when we had the pleasure to view the various pieces of art created by the young people. These were fantastic and truly reflected the objectives of the teachers had set. The feedback we received from the young people who participated was extremely positive and reinforced that fact that when young people experience the outdoors and nature it very often brings the best out of them, in this case through their art.
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If you would like to visit our Chatham Green Project or learn more about the range of educational services we are able to provide, please contact us on 0300 123 3073 or email info@wildernessfoundation.org.uk