Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

MP Goes Wild on Hatfield Moors

CU in the wild 2Don Valley MP Caroline Flint visited Hatfield Moors to see how pupils from Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School are learning from nature through the C U in the Wild project.

Caroline Flint said “I am delighted to see first hand today the positive benefits that this imortant and innovative local partnership has delivered for children across the Region. It is essential that we keep our youngsters connected to the natural world, for health, for education and for well-being; both now and in the future. I congratulate all concerned and look forward to seeing more partnerships develop”.

C U in the Wild is an exciting and innovative project using geo-caching to help schools and families learn about and enjoy their local green spaces.  It provides a toolkit of activities and combines work in the classroom and school grounds with a trip out to experience the outdoor environment.  Schools across Doncaster can benefit from C U in the Wild, which will run for 3 years.

The project is run by a partnership of Groundwork Dearne Valley, DCU in the Wild projectoncaster Children’s University and Natural England.  It is part of Natural England’s Access to Nature scheme, which is funded by Big Lottery Fund.

Six schools have taken part so far and it’s been a big hit with the Years 5 and 6 students involved.  A number of well attended family days have also been organised on Hatfield Moors, where the young people have the opportunity to show their parents what they have learned and introduce them to geo-caching.  The pupils are benefitting from these activities as not only are they encouraged to take more outdoor activity in their local environment, but are learning new technological skills in a fun and interactive way.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. In its simplest form, a cache always contains a logbook for you to log your find. Larger caches may contain a logbook and any number of items. These items turn the adventure into a true treasure hunt. You never know what the cache owner or visitors to the cache may have left for you to enjoy.

Caroline Flint said “I am delighted to see first hand today the positive benefits that this imortant and innovative local partnership has delivered for children across the Region. It is essential that we keep our youngsters connected to the natural world, for health, for education and for well-being; both now and in the future. I congratulate all concerned and look forward to seeing more partnerships develop”.

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