We present here some examples of our collaborations. Please do get in touch if you would like to develop a project together.
Tusk is an inspirational partner. Since 1990 they have raised over £16 ($25) million for a wide range of projects across Africa. They not only work to protect wildlife but also help to alleviate poverty, through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside wildlife. Siren long-standing partnership with Tusk enables our work on the Pan African Conservation Education project, sharing solutions to environmental problems between communities in Africa. Siren produces and updates environmental education resources for the PACE projects, and liaises with PACE pack recipients in Africa to help them make the most of the materials.
Cameroon: Siren’s partnership with Yaounde-based NGO UNAFAS Conservation Values Programme started with Silent Forests workshops for secondary students in Yaounde but has blossomed into a national initiative to strengthen conservation education in Cameroon’s schools. The project, initially funded by the Arcus Foundation’s Great Ape’s programme, has worked with Cameroonian teachers in Yaounde, Bamenda and Douala to develop and test new resources in 60 schools. Siren’s input has included collaborative project development, advice on survey design and editing of educational resources.
Nature In Art gallery
UK: The Nature In Art gallery in Gloucester is dedicated to art inspired by nature. In 2011, we had a fantastic experience collaborating on an activity for the public in their exhibition space at Art in Action. We worked with the Nature in Art artists and educators to create a communal art activity for visitors to the event, a festival of fine arts and master craftsmanship held at Waterperry Manor in Oxfordshire. The final artwork was exhibited at Nature in Art, along with information about the Naturebook website, and is now hung in the Green Room of The Old Music Hall, our office base in Oxford.
Teachers and schools
We often collaborate with teachers in the process of developing our on-line and written resources. In the Silent Forests project, for example, we worked with individual teachers to prepare lessons and resources to share more widely through the project website. In this type of collaborative work, we act as researchers and co-writers, aiming to give busy teachers access to up-to-date scientific knowledge on conservation issues.
We also often work in partnership with teachers to offer special opportunities for environmental education. We ran Silent Forests sessions on conservation issues for classes and student groups at Lord Williams, Cherwell and Holmer Green secondary schools. With primary schools, we collaborate with forest school leaders, international partnership and environment week coordinators to offer inspiring activities indoors and out.
Letters from Aldermaston Primary School
“We learnt a lot when you came in. We learnt that there are thousands of plants and insects live in hedgerows. My favourite part, when you came in, was when we identified the different bugs we found.”
“It was a fantastic day. I was so glad it didn’t rain so thank you again. P.S. Amazing day!”