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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The Explorer’s team have spent many hours preparing for the Education Show at the NEC, including designing and writing text for a new education leaflet, creating our stand, building new website pages . . . the list goes on!
As you can see, the stand looked amazing; we will be using it at lots of events throughout the rest of the year. We also signed up well over 600 teachers to our half-termly newsletter and sign-posted lots of interested teachers and group leaders to their nearest Explorer’s education team. The volunteers who attended all had a great time (as did I!) and commented on the benefits of attending in terms of raising awareness of our national offer.
School visits have been going through the roof in our museums and attractions. We’ve had more school children visiting Standedge Tunnel in March than we had all year last year! All our sites are busy and bookings for April-July are coming in thick and fast. We also had a schools STEM festival (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port last week.
Over 1700 primary school pupils attended; and with 10 workshops running 5 times a day, for five days, it was a logistical nightmare! We had some great teacher and pupil feedback, showing that pupils had fun and teachers thought the curriculum links were strong – well worth the effort.
Not everything has been going well this month however. I have been working loads and training little. I managed one 20 mile run a couple of weekends ago, but have been struggling to fit the training in this month. I must do better in April and May if I’m going to complete my first challenge! On the plus side, now the clocks have changed I don’t have to do any more pitch black night runs in the Peak District – I nearly had a heart attack when a badger ran across the trail in front of me the other night!!
I’m off in my camper van again in a couple of days, so expect more random holiday pictures in April’s blog! Vroom vroom!
Helen Evans is the learning officer for our museums and attractions. She joined the National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) in 2010, following eight years of secondary school teaching. Helen lives in Macclesfield and is a keen long distance runner, competing for Macclesfield Harriers.