The Discovering Galapagos educational programme aims to engage and educate today’s children in the UK and in Ecuador through our bilingual websites full of learning resources. Working with project partners in Galapagos, we offer an insight into life on the Islands through a range of exciting lessons and activities.
We believe that today’s school students are tomorrow’s conservation ambassadors and the future stewards of our planet. By deepening their understanding of the natural world and the conservation challenges that we face in the future, we hope to inspire and engage students in the sustainable development of Galapagos and the wider world through our innovative Discovering Galapagos programme.
In Galapagos, rapid population growth is placing additional strains on a delicate ecosystem that is also at risk from increased tourism and associated threats such as invasive species, marine pollution and biodiversity loss. The issues faced in the microcosm of Galapagos are of global relevance and the communication of these problems and their potential solutions could influence conservation management strategies in other areas of the world.
How we’re tackling it
Discovering Galapagos is an educational resource for use in the UK, Ecuador and Galapagos. It is an ongoing project with a modular planning approach enabling the addition of further content depending on available resources.
With strong links to the UK science and geography curricula, Discovering Galapagos is ideal as a highly relevant and reliable resource for use in schools across KS2, KS3, KS4 and beyond. While internet infrastructure in Galapagos is an obstacle, resources can now be accessed through an intranet platform. The resource consists of two websites – one adapted for the UK audience with easy to use, downloadable curriculum-linked resources and one adapted for delivery in the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador. From pirates to plate tectonics and colonisation to evolution of species and their conservation, Discovering Galapagos will bring the Islands to life in your classroom.
1. To build a better understanding of the forces that formed, shaped and threaten Galapagos.
2. To encourage a greater engagement in the conservation of the natural world through Citizen Science.
3. To inspire an increased awareness of the challenges and opportunities in sustainable development.
4. To form and bolster cultural and education connections between the UK and Ecuador.
5. To develop understanding of the wider issues that humanity faces through the lens of Galapagos.
Education and Outreach in the UK
British Science Week 2021 Resources
How you can help
With your help, we can safeguard the future of these Enchanted Isles.
Connecting with Nature
"Young people in Galapagos can face both physical and financial barriers to accessing nature within the Galapagos National Park."
We provide engaging educational resources, environmental experiential opportunities and field-based outreach to enable the young people and wider community of Galapagos to connect with nature.