Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts: The Schoolyard Safari

Description:

 

For this topic we offer 2 options:

Option 1: Indoor Workshop: Preparing for the Schoolyard Safari

This workshop prepares teachers and students for their own 'Schoolyard Safari'. We explore the kinds of mini-beasts and other wildlife you might find around your very own school, as well as the habitats that are featured there. We discuss where and how to look safely for wildlife, whilst also being mindful of their fragile existence around humans. This workshop also looks at safety and discusses which species should be avoided or handled with care. Trapping, collection and re-release techniques are also discussed as well as the basic care required for captured mini-beasts.

Students are given an exciting hands-on experience with a variety of live harmless creatures, preserved specimens and biofacts. At every workshop, we  exhibit a wide variety of live invertebrate mini-beasts including various large and colourful species of stick insects, giant burrowing cockroaches, preying mantis, millipedes, centipedes, crickets, mealworms, scorpions, spiders, beetles and more and allow supervised handling of harmless mini-beasts and over 200 preserved biofacts including embedded and dried insects, shells, starfish, corals, sponges, sea urchin, eggs, egg cases, skins, wings, cocoons etc.

 

Option 2: Outdoor Workshop: The Schoolyard Safari

This workshop actually shows students where to find animals in and around their own school grounds. Students will learn how to:

 

  • Identify habitats around their school grounds.

  • Make simple traps and harmless baits / attractants ,such as pit fall traps and fly traps, in order to catch and identify bugs and other small animals around their school grounds.

  • Use nets to catch various animals in ponds, amongst grass or in the air.

  • Identify common species found on the day.

  • Safely release animals back into their habitats.

  • Attract more wildlife to their school grounds or backyards at home. 

 

Students are given an exciting hands-on experience with a variety of live harmless creatures, preserved specimens and biofacts. At every workshop, we  exhibit a wide variety of live invertebrate mini-beasts including various large and colourful species of stick insects, giant burrowing cockroaches, preying mantis, millipedes, centipedes, crickets, mealworms, scorpions, spiders, beetles and more and allow supervised handling of harmless mini-beasts and over 200 preserved biofacts including embedded and dried insects, shells, eggs, egg cases, skins, wings, cocoons etc. For this outdoor workshop, we also provide the various trapping and capture equipment required for use on the day.

 

Jacqui Love, the presenter, has over 20 years experience in this field, including 10 years as a keeper at Taronga Zoo. This program was the recipient of the Frater Award for Excellence within the NSW DET Performances for Schools Program in 2004 and 2006.

Formats for this workshop are flexible depending upon the size of school grounds, numbers of students/classes to attend and weather on the day etc. A combination of the 2 options is recommended. Please call us to further discuss your needs and expectations. 

This organisation won the PinS Award in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017

 

Cost per person: 

$10

Min cost/audience:

Min $500 / 50 students for Sydney Metro Area

School years suitable: 

K - 12

Company:

Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts

Contact: 

Jacqui Love

Phone:

(02) 4787 6362

Email:

info@mini-beasts.com

Website:

www.mini-beasts.com