Sunday, 1 May 2011

Family fun day for young explorers

Budding explorers will be given a great opportunity to enjoy a day of adventure, excitement and travellers’ tales as Environmental Education students from Bicton College hold a free family event on Saturday 7 May at Budleigh Salterton's Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

The event coincides with the theme of the museum’s 2011 exhibition about Budleigh’s own intrepid polar explorer George Murray Levick, and follows earlier exhibitions at Fairlynch based on the life of East Budleigh-born Elizabethan adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh.

Fairlynch Museum's Education Officer Amanda Murrell, who is collaborating with Bicton College on the venture says that activities will include a fact-finding trail, potato planting and printing, boat making, crafts and much more.

Bicton Course Tutor Alex Turner told me that this is the first time that students from the College have been involved with Fairlynch. "The students involved are studying for a foundation degree in Environmental Education, which is like an HND, consisting of the first two years of a degree course. It which covers a lot of theory and practice of educating society - schools, young people, campaigns, interpretation - about environmental issues."

Gaining an insight into event management and learning about the importance of teamwork is a vital part of the Bicton experience.

"Every year, as part of their programme of studies, the first year students have to organise an environmental community event as part of a communities unit," explains Alex.

"For the last few years the students have done events in Otterton, and this is the first time they’ve done the project in Budleigh so it is quite good for them to be working here and making the links into this local community.

"The students are learning about how to put an event, publicity, planning, running activities, reviewing it and so on, and it forms part of an assessment. They are doing all of this themselves and and a colleague Catherine Gough and I are facilitating the process.

It's a fantastic opportunity for students to work with local people and to use their knowledge and enthusiasm to bring stories of explorers to life.”

Bicton College Environmental Education student Hannah Flett said, “We are really looking forward to working with the museum and the local community to provide a fun filled day for all ages where people can find out more about local explorers and the environment.”

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