Wildlife: The Role of the Zoo - All - (27/9) - OUT62112S

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Next term start date

27 Sep 2022


Adult Education Programme

Activity ref no: OUT62112S

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From Wednesday 10th August 2022: Book online. If this course is not full and says: 'this course is now closed to new participants' please email adult.education@ea.edin.sch.uk and we will reply to you to let you know if it is possible to enrol.

  • WALKS/OUTDOOR - Adult Education Programme
    Adult Educaiton Programme,
    The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Adult Education Programme
  • 16+, Adult, 60+
  • £87.00 for term
  • Tuesday 10:30

Activity description

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS: Everyone welcome but there will be walking, steps and fairly steep hills to access at times so would suggest the learners have medium fitness levels. The weekly meeting point will be sent to enrolled students prior to the course start date. HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES: At the moment, there is no requirement to wear masks outdoors, or to socially distance. To mitigate the transmission of Covid, we will be running smaller classes in any outdoor course and ask students to be aware of their own sanitising requirements. If Scottish Government rules change by the start of the course, we will update everyone involved. OVERVIEW / INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE: This 10 week course will start with a discussion each week, looking at different aspects of zoos, in context of conservation, looking at their potentially critical role with endangered species. Zoos can also provide an experience for people who may not have another opportunity to see animals in real life, and this can generate an empathetic understanding and awareness of the threats facing wildlife in today’s global environment. Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park are operated by the charity RZSS, whose vision is ‘A world where nature is protected, valued and loved’. By sharing information and access we can increase the connection people feel. This course offers opportunities to find out more about the work of RZSS as a whole, including monitoring wildlife habitats, conducting ecological and wildlife surveys, the protection and rescue of animals, animal care and welfare, wildlife management, and being a visitor attraction, and to discuss the impact of human beings, both positive and negative. HOW THE COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT: There will be a discussion at the start of each session, followed by interaction with an aspect of the zoo, whether looking at animal behaviour, the design of the enclosures, management of food and waste, sustainability, fund raising and ways of connecting people with nature. WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: Students will develop a clearer understanding of the role good zoos have in the twenty first century. RESOURCES REQUIRED BY STUDENTS / ADDITIONAL COSTS: Nothing is required, except for wearing sensible and appropriate clothing for sunshine, rain and cold weather. Good walking shoes and a bottle of water are also recommended and students are welcome to bring pens and notebooks. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN BAD WEATHER: The session will continue each week, although activities may be altered to suit the prevailing weather.

Term information

  • Date term started:27 Sep 2022 (starts in 50 days)
  • Duration:10 lessons - 10 lessons remaining
  • Places:12
  • Cost:£87.00 for term
  • Crèche available:No

Remaining dates and times (10 lessons)

Date Day Time
27 Sep 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
04 Oct 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
11 Oct 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
25 Oct 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
01 Nov 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
08 Nov 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
15 Nov 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
22 Nov 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
29 Nov 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
06 Dec 2022 Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Venue details

WALKS/OUTDOOR - Adult Education Programme

Adult Educaiton Programme
The City of Edinburgh Council
Email: adult.education@ea.edin.sch.uk

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