AIMS OF THE PROJECT To let schoolchildren learn about the Marsican brown bear and conservation issues To support conservation of the Marsican brown bear To raise funds to compensate farmers for damage caused by wild bears
TARGET AND ORGANIZATION Participation of38 classes with a total of 950 children from 4 to 11 years old Participation of 38 classes with a total of 950 children from 4 to 11 years old 4 steps: 1)Teacher training 2)Educational activity by teachers 3)Educational activity by Zoo educators 2 lessons at school (duration 1,5h) 2 lessons at school (duration 1,5h) 4)Fund raising at Pistoia Zoo
TEACHER TRAINING Organization of a teacher training course Creation of team-work to improve the outcome of the project CHILDREN CONSERVATION EDUCATION TEACHERS
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY BY TEACHERS How do children imagine bears? How bears are presented in tales, novels and movies?
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY BY ZOO EDUCATORS Interactive exhibition at school
CONCLUSIONS The educational programme made it possible: –to increase schoolchildren’s and visitors’ awareness of the Marsican brown bear and conservation issues –to take action for conservation supporting the ANP and raising funds for damage compensation –to link Pistoia Zoo, Schools, Research and In-situ Conservation
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