As part of Widening Participation’s Primary Festival 2017, The Environment Team and MetMUnch delivered three activities to over ninety local Primary School children last week at the Birley Campus.
Healthy Herbs Workshop
MetMUnch volunteers ran three exciting nutritional workshops that introduced children to the herbs that are growing at Birley Campus, such as lavender, rosemary, chives and fennel.
The workshops enabled the children to explore different uses of herbs in a creative, fun and educational fashion, from eating to relaxation. They also contained key nutritional messages around fruit and vegetables consumption, with added information about usage and preservation of freshly harvested herbs from Birley Campus.
The children all went home with a fresh bag of Manchester Metropolitan herbs to experiment with their families.
Pond Dipping & Herb and Mini-beast Identification
The Environment Team employed and trained sixteen student ambassadors from across the university to deliver twelve pond dipping and herb and mini-beast identification sessions to the local schoolchildren. The student ambassadors were able to gain skills in outdoor and environmental education, as well as enhance their experience working with primary school children.
Birley Campus has a wetland area and an herb garden, which are both full of ladybirds, bees, snails, water boatmen, bloodworms and many other creatures. The children had a great time out of the classroom, learning about nature, life-cycles and mini-beasts.
You can see some photos from the week below: