Walk with dinosaurs: Jurassic Coast Trust free homeschool help offers virtual nature trip back in time amid lockdown

Parents home schooling children during the coronavirus lockdown are invited to use free teaching materials based around dinosaurs, geology and the coast, designed by the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Lockdown laws mean nature trips are on hold, prompting the Jurassic Coast Trust to produce online educational materials to keep youngsters busy while staying at home during the pandemic and all-schools shut down.

The free content, aimed at children aged six to 11-years-old, includes interactive webpages for kids, a regular newsletter all about the coast, its fossils, dinosaurs, geology and historical figures such as palaeontologist and fossil collector Mary Anning.

West Bay Cliffs.
Photo: Jurassic Coast Trust.

The Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site, covers 95 miles of the south coast between Orcombe Point, Exmouth, and Old Harry Rocks near Swanage. It takes in 185 million years of the earth’s history through its rocks, fossils and landforms.

Sam Scriven, head of heritage and conservation at the Jurassic Coast Trust, said: “The thought of not being able to fully enjoy the Jurassic Coast is a painful one, especially if you live near it. Yet, it is the situation we find ourselves in.

“But the beauty of our World Heritage Site will wait for us, the stories locked within its geology can still be explored through the mind’s eye and our love for this special place can continue to grow. We’ll be working hard to help that happen.”

Anyone with children at home who would like to access this free content is asked to email info@jurassiccoast.org.

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