KS 2, 3, 4; Second, Third, Fourth Stage.
Ages 7 -14
DURATION: 1hr 15mins
OVERVIEW: The rainforest is a cornucopia of resources. It supplies us with a plethora of day to day items that we take for granted - things including wood, medicine and food - but at what price?
This hands-on workshop delves into life in the rainforest and looks at how we’re depleting these resources. Can we reverse this man-made effect through recycling and sustainability? Pupils learn how making a few small changes to our lives, we can help ensure the preservation of this fascinating habitat for years to come.
Key Workshop Objectives:
Define tropical rainforest
Determine the locations
of tropical rainforests
Explore different layers
of the rainforest.
of rainforest animals
Examine the reasons
Consider the resources the rainforest provides us with
Discuss what we can do
to protect the rainforest
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Animals often used in this workshop:
Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.
What is a Rainforest?
Rainforests are Earth’s oldest living ecosystem! They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and have an annual rainfall greater than two meters.
There are two different types of rainforest - temperate and tropical. Tropical rainforests are found near the equator and have an average daily temperature of 28°C - the hot, humid atmosphere creates a unique ecosystem full of biodiversity.
Rainforests consist of four layers: the forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer.
Rainforests once covered 14% of Earth’s surface but this has plummeted to 6% - it is estimated that we lose one and a half acres every second! With over half the planet’s species residing here, it is a vital that humanity protects this important resource.
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