Wild About Scotland Bus


Younger visitors to Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium, will be able to hop on board a double-decker bus full of amazing information about our native wildlife on Wednesday, February 4th.

The North Queensferry aquarium is playing host to the ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus which is in the middle of a nationwide tour, bringing the wonders of Scotland’s natural habitats and native species to life for children.

Wild about Scotland’ is part of a Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) partnership with Clydesdale Bank.

The bus has been fully converted to provide a unique and inspiring teaching space for schoolchildren, and provide curriculum-led lessons delivered by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Discovery & Learning team.

Deep Sea World’s Catherine Gemmell said: “We’re delighted the ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus had decided to stop off here at the aquarium.

“It’s a fantastic way for children to have a hands-on opportunity to appreciate our natural heritage and learn about it in a fun and exciting way.

“Visitors to the aquarium are constantly surprised to discover just how rich the aquatic environment is right here on their doorstep and we welcome any initiative which helps to raise awareness of the wonders of our native wildlife,” she added.

Polly Phillpot, Senior Education Officer for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: “Our ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus has been busy visiting schools the length and breadth of Scotland since we launched in August last year and we are thrilled to be able to bring our interactive learning bus to the visitors of Deep Sea World.

We hope to reach in the region of 130 schools by the end of 2015 and would love to see as many people as possible when we park up at Deep Sea World on the 4th February.”

Helen Page, Customer Experience, Products and Marketing Director at Clydesdale Bank said: “The Wild about Scotland bus and Deep Sea World provide a fantastic way of teaching children in Scotland about wildlife without being restricted to the classroom.

“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.

“Clydesdale Bank is proud to be joining forces with them to help deliver this free educational programme across Scotland.”

The project delivers an outreach programme on Scotland’s native species and habitats, which links directly with the National Curriculum for Excellence.

The main objective is to provide fun, practical lessons that connect children to the nature on their doorstep. This is with a view to creating lifelong appreciation and respect for Scotland’s wildlife and the importance it plays on wider conservation issues affecting not just Scotland but the planet as a whole.

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