In order to look after the environment, we need to first understand how nature works.
The Natural History Museum aims to do just that with the launch of a biodiversity-themed family festival that launches today (17 August) and will run for just over two weeks, until the 1 September.
Organisers at the museum have teamed up with Pukka Herbs, the organic tea company, to host a range of activities for parents and kids and to educate the next generation on the importance of plants and pollination.
They can learn about plant pressing, take a dip in the Wildlife Garden pond or visit one of several pop-up science stations hosted by the museum’s scientist experts.
There will also be opportunities to plant seeds, write a ‘pledge to the planet’ or take part in interactive craft workshops to find out how and why it’s so important to save the world’s bees.
Once they’re done learning, families can watch performances by the Bee Boys dance group, Flutterbys and Queen Bee, as well as hang out in the relaxation lounge with a cuppa from Herbie – the upcycled Pukka tea caravan.
‘We are very excited to work with Pukka Herbs on our ‘Nature’s Champions’ family festival,’ said Alex Burch, head of exhibitions, learning and outreach at the Natural History Museum.
‘Our work at the museum includes vital research around biodiversity and the importance of pollinators such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies.
‘We hope that the festival helps to inspire a love of the natural world and encourages visitors of all ages to find out more about the wildlife on their doorstep and the steps we can take to help it thrive.’
The festival, dubbed ‘Nature’s Champions’, will be open every day from 10am to 5pm and is located on the museum’s east lawn.
Some activities will also be held in the Wildlife Garden on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 4pm.
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