Wonderful whaley workshops for Oban pupils thanks to supporter donations

Providing top-quality, memorable hands-on learning experiences to school children in western Scotland has been a keystone of conservation efforts at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) from the beginning.  

May has been a busy month for the education team.  Following the floating classroom sessions delivered on board Silurian, Pippa (our Education Manager), along with Rian and Michael (Education Volunteers) visited Oban primary schools, engaging with children in their classrooms to champion our Hebridean seas and inspire pupils about the incredible marine world right on their doorstep.

A wonderful lesson, enjoyed by all.
— Claire Campbell, Rockfield Primary teacher

Through activities and immersive presentations, 470 pupils from St. Columba’s, Rockfield, and Park Primary Schools discovered the huge diversity of whale and dolphin species found locally, examining their similarities and differences, before investigating why the Hebrides is such an important area for these animals.

It was fantastic to see them engaging with the session, especially as their confidence grew.
— Miss MacInnes, Park Primary teacher

Over the week, our team heard fantastic stories of the pupils own encounters and were really encouraged by discussions around environmental issues, hearing about the proactive steps being taken in schools to help protect the environment. We hope that these engaging lessons, which are possible thanks to generous donations from our members and supporters, will have encouraged a few more environmental ambassadors, helping us achieve healthy Hebridean seas for whales, dolphins, porpoises and people.   

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our members and supporters for your valued donations, which help make unique experiences such as these possible.
— Pippa Garrard, Education Manager