Free film festival for primary school and high school

From October the 4th to the 10th, the annual Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) will take place in the Cinerama, Rotterdam. The festival focuses in particular on nature and environmental education for students.

As a school you can participate for free in the educational program of the WFFR, both for BO and VO. Is Rotterdam a little too far away? As a teacher you can “watch” online with your class. When registering, the films can be seen for free, and you can download education materials on the platform.

A number of nature films that will be screened at the WFFR this year are Bee Wild, The Netherlands Underwater and The Wild Gardener. The festival is made possible by National Geographic, WWF and Natuurmonumenten, among others.

More information about the Wildlife Film Festival can be found here.

Heat wave: 4 tips to give nature a helping hand!

It is WARM, so warm that the nature around us is struggling. We have set up 4 tips to give the plants and animals a helping hand during this heat wave! Just from your own garden…

1. Give the animals some water

Give the wild animals in the garden water. How do you do this best? Place some bowls with water (not too deep, otherwise they can drown) in the shade. You make birds and smaller mammals such as the hedgehog very happy with this!

2. Create a shelter

Animals are looking for a shelter where they can avoid the sun. Short grass offers no shade; it dries out quickly. You can create a spot by putting down wood chips, compost or garden waste.

3. Plant plants!

Plants provide the optimal shade in the garden, and a green garden looks beautiful! The older they get, the more shade they provide and absorb CO2. So, win-win!

4. Bring on the rain!

Place a rain barrel in the garden. You collect the rainwater which you can use for many purposes, such as watering the plants. This way you save a lot of tab water.

A fun project for the future:

Who knows, you may be able to make your garden more natural and animal-friendly.

  • Place a vegetable garden with vegetables and fruit that you like;
  • Plant different kinds of flowers to attract bees and butterflies;
  • Very simple, remove some tiles and make a place for plants;
  • Swap your fence for a hedge.
  • Do not use chemical pesticides. You can do without it and it is harmful to nature!