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Yorkshire Sculpture Park launches new wildlife trail thanks to partnership with Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

23 Mar 2017

This spring, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is teaming up with Wakefield Grammar School Foundation to launch a WILD Explorer Nature Trail at the Park. Visitors can follow the free trail and embark on an exciting adventure to discover YSP’s WILD residents within – from bees to berries and herons to hares.
Celebrate the introduction of the inspiring WILD Explorer Nature Trail on Saturday 15 April with fun family activities, throughout the day, from the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation team. On your way to or from the trail, make a hedgehog home out of Lego; search for mini-beasts and bugs; or draw inspiration from nature in craft sessions and treasure hunts. You could also be in with a chance to win your very own Lego Easter bunny.
Don’t miss interactive storytelling sessions from speech and language therapy provider, Interactions. Let your little ones explore the natural environment, learn some new vocabulary and create their own stories.
John McLeod, Spokesman for the Governing Body, Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, said: “‘Bringing learning to life’ is a key part of the ethos of our Junior Schools and Mulberry House Nursery. Creative, active learning – utilising classroom and outdoors resources – engages and inspires our younger pupils at the start of their educational adventure. The Foundation is delighted to be working alongside YSP as part of their 40th anniversary programme to support the new WILD Explorer Nature Trail. We hope that families will enjoy exploring the Upper Lake and its rich biodiversity, and that every young visitor’s learning and curiosity will be inspired from this opportunity to engage with nature."

Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, one of the country’s leading families of independent day schools, incorporates Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield Girls’ High School and Mulberry House Nursery.
Janette Robinson, YSP’s Head of Learning, said: “The WILD Explorer Nature Trail is a fun and fascinating way to find out about the different wildlife in our local countryside. We’re showing people four different habitats at YSP (parkland, lakes, woodland and wood-pasture), the variety of animals and plants that can be found in these environments, and the endless creative activities they can inspire. We’re very grateful to Wakefield Grammar School Foundation for helping us to draw attention to this incredibly exciting area to explore.


Notes to Editors

About Wakefield Grammar School Foundation
Independent day schools Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (Boys 4–18 years), Wakefield Girls’ High School (Girls 4–18 years) and Mulberry House Nursery (Co-ed 3–4 years) together form Wakefield Grammar School Foundation. With a proud and prestigious history dating back to 1591, pupils benefit from a continual learning experience combining the benefits of a single-sex education with joint teaching and co-curricular activities at the appropriate ages.

The schools have the advantage of being conveniently located together near Wakefield City Centre and are easily accessible from the major transport routes within West and South Yorkshire.  The Foundation has an exciting future ahead; continuing to lead the way in West Yorkshire and beyond in academic excellence with the proposed development of the former Clayton Hospital site providing state-of-the-art facilities to benefit future generations of pupils. wgsf.org.uk / @QEGSYorkshire @WGHSYorkshire 

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Bluebells courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo Pauline Brook

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Blue tit courtesy RSPB. Photo Ray Kennedy

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Ash tree courtesy RSPB

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Barn owl courtesy RSPB. Photo John Bridges

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Comma butterfly courtesy RSPB. Photo Grahame Madge

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