Education at the Scottish Dolphin Centre
Our Scottish Dolphin Centre is based in Spey Bay, on the southern shore of the Moray Firth in Scotland. It is the perfect place to find out about the amazing wildlife of this area, including the world famous bottlenose dolphins, otters, seals and osprey.
WDC’s Education work in Scotland is supported by SNH.
To book any of the sessions below, for further information, or to request a free teachers pack, please contact the Education and Outreach Officer:
Tel: 01343 820339 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GROUP VISITS TO THE CENTRE
When schools or other groups visit the Scottish Dolphin Centre, the children participate in fun and engaging hands-on activities, and greatly enjoy learning outside of the classroom.
You can visit the centre with up to 50 children to discover the amazing wildlife of Spey Bay, from April to October. Activities last 45 minutes each and run with groups of approximately 12 children. We will provide an adult per group and ask you to do the same.
Activities available include:
- Be a Dolphin Scientist
- River Ramble
- What makes a Beach?
- Underwater World
- Life in Captivity (P5-7)
- Beach Clean
Our programme of activities aims to teach children and adults alike about cetaceans, the threats they face, and the work of WDC. We encourage children to take an active part in conservation, such as making posters to raise awareness or joining a beach clean at Spey Bay.
We have an education room at the Centre that provides an excellent base for school visits and provides an indoor option should the weather take a turn for the worse! Children can make use of the room to eat their lunch and take part in fun interactive activities.
WDC does not charge for educational activities, however donations towards costs are gratefully accepted (for a school visit to the centre, we suggest £1 per child). Risk assessments are available on request.
ACTIVITIES IN YOUR SCHOOL
A member of the WDC Education Team can visit your school at any time of year to deliver our outreach programme. All activities can be tailored to suit the needs and age of the class.
- Dolphin Diploma
WDC's Dolphin Diploma consists of a fun, interactive presentation followed by creative activity teaching children about the world of whales and dolphins, whilst encouraging them to get actively involved in whale protection. The children are awarded a diploma certificate at the end to recognise their participation.
- Moray Firth Bottlenose Dolphins Presentation
An interactive, engaging PowerPoint presentation is used to teach children of any age about the bottlenose dolphin population in the Moray Firth, and other whales and dolphins of the world.
- Whale and dolphin adaptations presentation for S1
This 50 minute lesson shows children the special adaptations that whales and dolphins have to survive in their underwater environment, and discusses the conservation of the Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins.
- Experiment Workshop
A series of fun hands-on games and experiments designed to inspire children about the Moray Firth Dolphins. Children work in small groups and rotate around the activities.
During school holidays we run Wildlife Warriors – a children’s holiday club - at the Scottish Dolphin Centre. With a different environmental theme each week, the children enjoy fun games and activities and many families come back time and again! Throughout the year we hold family events such as beach cleans and fun days to open up the world of whales and dolphins to even more people.