Rainforest Canopies at Eden
For five consecutive days during October half term we delivered drop-in
art-meets-science sessions looking at rainforest canopies, as part of Eden's
"Canopies" Season. We provided an environment where visitors to The Eden
Project had the opportunity to learn about rainforest canopies: what they are,
what animals live there, how these animals interact how the food web is structured
(with plants at the base). Also, visitors would learn how fundamental the rainforests
are to the global
environment, how their well-being is directly relevant to all our lives and how
the rainforests are being threatened.
We hoped to make the world of the rainforest canopy come alive and be more tangible
for visitors by giving them
opportunities to read about this environment, look at pictures, study some of the actual
flora and ultimately to recreate
specific aspects of the canopy environment by using art materials in a variety of ways to
recreate canopy plants, animals, and food webs. We also asked visitors to think about
how they would have to adapt to survive in this world high above the forest floor -
by designing and making tree-houses, thinking about sources of materials, energy, water, food
All the above subjects are relevant to the National Curriculum for key stages one, two, three, four and five and are particularly relevant to art and science.
To enable the above to be achieved, Snapdragonworkshops provided:
The rainforests in a nutshell
What have the rainforests ever done for us?
Amazing facts on the Amazon
Colouring sheet on the rainforest canopy close-up
Colouring sheet on the rainforest canopy from a distance
Worksheet describing the origami folding of Jumping Tree Frogs and rainforest butterflies
Worksheet describing how to design and make a treehouse in the rainforest canopy
Make your own spiralling tree snake
Make your own simple spider
We also provided information verbally plus ideas, encouragement and assistance.
The room was set out with informative posters on the wall around the workspace. Beneath these, appropriate books were laid out to browse through, and piles of information sheets distributed for people to pick up and work from during their session and take home at the end of the day.
There was plenty of information for both children and adults, with the childrens’ information laid out at an appropriate height on benches underneath the posters with full access for wheelchair users too.
The above sources of information were aimed at both the older audience and younger visitors to help them understand rainforest canopies in a fun and informative way. There was a chance for all visitors, whatever their age, to indulge in some creative artwork appropriate to the theme of life in the rainforest canopy which they could take home with them to remind them of what they had learnt at Eden.
Learning through creativity! We provided opportunities to explore all of the
listed themes through creative
learning which young people and family groups particularly enjoy. The following were
creative activities we had arranged:
Risk assessments were undertaken for all of these activities and were strictly implemented.
With thanks to: Emily, Lucy, Rebecca, Debbie, Bradley, Jacqui, Ella, Laurence, Zoe, Grace, Sophie, Lynn, Jason, Alan, Chris, Tanya, Danny, Nico, Caroline, Matthew, Susan, Cara, Audrey, Emily, Isabella, Dani, Lindsay, Patrick, Anthony, Stephen, Jenny, Roisin and Aodan.
Some of our photos taken around Eden during this visit:
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