Mission: Invertebrate challenges us to understand the grassland invertebrates that call the Royal Parks their home. With expert surveys, citizen science days and habitat improvement projects, Mission: Invertebrate will enable Park Managers to make sure we provide the best possible habitats for our invertebrate friends across the eight Royal Parks of London. Alongside the scientific research, we are providing an exciting programme of free schools and family activities to inspire young and old with the world of invertebrates.
Mission: Invertebrate is working with a range of partners to deliver exciting events across the Royal Parks. As one of the learning partners, FSC is providing free sessions for local schools and helping deliver family events throughout the summer months.
FSC is delighted to be working with The Royal Parks to deliver this project in Bushy Park, Greenwich Park and The Regent's Park.
Mission: Invertebrate for Schools
This is a fantastic opportunity for schools to bring their classrooms to the great outdoors and inspire students about the vital roles of grassland invertebrates. The Mission: Invertebrate team has developed new hands-on sessions focussing on the habitat, form and function of these critters. All sessions will cover the world of invertebrates and focus on one of these three topics:
- Perfect Pollinators: Find out about the role invertebrates play in pollination by looking closely at species in the park and by participating in interactive activities. (Available March - May only)
- Dynamic Detritivores: Find out about the role invertebrates play in the decaying process and get students’ hands dirty looking closely at species in the park with fun and interactive composting activities.
- Fantastic Food Chains: Explore food chains in the park and participate in an interactive activity to reveal the crucial roles invertebrates play in the food chain.
Thanks to funding, we are able to offer the following opportunities (subject to availability):
- Spring Term (19 Feb - 20 March) Free of Charge. Schools attending the 'winter' session can also apply for up to £200 to subsidise transport costs.
- Summer Term (16 April - 25 May) Subsidised. Choose one of the Mission Invertebrate sessions below, or an FSC session. The visit will be partly funded by Mission Invertebrate, so the cost for a primary schools visit will be £125 per class (compared to our usual price of £240).
- Autumn Term (3 September - 19 October) Subsidised. Choose one of the Mission Invertebrate sessions below, or an FSC session. The visit will be partly funded by Mission Invertebrate, so the cost for a primary schools visit will be £125 per class (compared to our usual price of £240).
- Autumn Term (29 October - 30 November) Free of Charge.
Please note school sessions are:
- Available for KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
- Must be booked in advance
- Limited to non-fee paying schools only
- Limited to one session per school
- All teaching resources are provided so you don’t need to bring any with you
- Ensure that you check the weather forecast before your visit so that students are wearing appropriate clothing for the activities.
How to book a school session:
To book a Mission: Invertebrate school session, please email: [email protected] with the following information:
- Subject: Mission Invertebrate Project
- Your name:
- School Name:
- School address and postcode:
- Your email:
- Contact phone number:
- Preferred Park: (choose) Bushy Park / Greenwich Park / The Regent's Park
- Preferred activity: (choose) Pollinators / Detritivores / Food chains
- Preferred date of visit:
- Year Group of students:
- Number of students:
- Number of supporting adults:
- Any Medical conditions / SEN we need to be aware of:
Other ways to get involved in Mission: Invertebrate:
There are lots of ways you can get involved with Mission: Invertebrate, including:
- Family days: During the summer months the Mission: Invertebrate Giant Snail tour will be visiting all the Royal Parks inspiring families with free events for all, including storytelling, nature trails, arts and crafts, and insect inspired games.
- School resources: Check out the Mission: Invertebrate website in the coming months for free downloadable school resources to continue to inspire your students with the world of invertebrates after your school session.
- Competition: You can also get involved in our school habitat competition, launching soon on the Mission: Invertebrate website. Join in for a chance to win nature inspired prizes!
Check out how you can get involved! Follow Mission: Invertebrate on:
- Twitter: @morethanbugs
- Instagram: supporttheparks
Mission: Invertebrate is supported by People’s Postcode Lottery.