ASE Live Moss Safari - explore the wonders of a micro-habitat!

18 March 2024
11:00 - 12:00

Imagine going on a safari, but in the microscopic world. Ordinary moss is full of animals and plants - come and find out more

Event Type: 
Online event
11-19 Teachers
BGE (Broad General Education)
Early Career Teachers
NQT ( Newly Qualified Teacher)
Primary
Senior Phase
SLT
Student Teacher
Technician
National
International

About this online event

Imagine going on a safari, but in the microscopic world. Ordinary moss is full of animals and plants that are too small to see with the naked eye. On Moss Safari children will learn to identify the ‘Big Five’ animals they can see at low magnifications, along with a whole host of amazing animals and plants. On this safari we will be hunting for the incredible water bear, also known as a tardigrade.

In this bespoke session for primary classrooms, your guide will be Andy Chandler-Grevatt (Dr Moss), who will lead the live-tour during which he will point out the amazing organisms that inhabit this microworld, hoping to see as many of the Big Five as possible, along with curriculum-linked stories and our current understanding of this mysterious world. We will look at microhabitats, adaptations, life cycles and more. An aim of Moss Safari is to inspire future scientists.

The final part of the session will explain how to find your own water bears in your school grounds.

Andy will also take questions and support you in running your own Moss Safari at home or at school.

Recent feedback from a Moss Safari participant:

“The organisation of the event was amazing, creating a "safari" makes the whole concept very exciting (especially for children). The organisms racing around the screen really engaged everyone and the knowledge of each organism and commentary made it feel like a real safari.”

More information here about Moss Safari: https://mosssafari.com

All proceeds from this event go to support the work of the ASE. For queries please email conferences@ase.org.uk