The Jurassic Coast Team is keen to encourage young people to get involved in the conservation and interpretation of the World Heritage Site.
The work experience I did with you at the Bristol Festival of Nature actually proved to be a key subject area in my personal statement. I was able to talk about paleoanthropology, and how, we as a team were aiming to encourage children to become interested in looking at fossils and artifacts! Sophie, Age 18
In the past we have accepted students looking for work experience placements as part of a course of learning. These can include (but are not limited to) GCSE's, Diplomas, A-Levels, PGCE, Undergraduate and Masters degrees. Previous placement students working with the Jurassic Coast Team have:
Created foreign language podcasts on the Jurassic Coast for our website
Helped to design educational resources
Assisted team members to deliver activities at public events
Conducted research using GIS to analyse the retreat rate of cliffs on the Jurassic Coast
Mapped the locations of wave cut platforms using high resolution GPS to monitor future erosion
Spent a week at Durlston Country Park to help on conservation projects
As part of a PGCE, spent a week at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre to experience 'Learning Outside the Classroom'
A work experience placement can often lead to other achievements! Tom Hearing, an A-Level student at the Thomas Hardye School (pictured in this photo) recently won the UK Young Scientist of the Year 2010 award based on his original research with the Jurassic Coast Team and Bournemouth University where he used high precision GPS to map the erosion of the ammonite pavement at Monmouth Beach near Lyme Regis. Tom's placement was funded by the Nuffield Foundation as part of a national programme to encourage more young people into scientific careers.
If you are interested in pursuing a placement with the Jurassic Coast Team, please contact us with an outline proposal of what you would like to achieve and what you could offer towards the management of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
A new book that takes a quirky look at the Jurassic Coast has been published in time for Christmas – and it’s already proving to be a big hit. The Jurassic Coast – A Mighty Tale is published by The Jurassic Coast Trust and is written and illustrated by local artist Tim Britton.
Are you a Primary Teacher and need more help to effectively teach Rocks, Fossils and Evolution in your science curriculum? Then come and join us for a FREE training day led by Primary education consultant David Weatherly. Our special Big Jurassic Classroom Superteachers will also be on hand to take you through their own resources they have developed for the new Primary Science curriculum.
See the landmarks of Lyme Regis's most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of 'the greatest fossil hunter ever known'. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils.
Adults £10, children and students £3. Click here for more information.
The Jurassic Coast Trust are running a Fossil Hunt on Sunday 8th March at Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth with UK Amateur Fossil Hunters.
There'll be a whole day's worth of expert-led fossil hunting for just £8 per person, £10 per couple or £15 for a family of four - with half the proceeds being donated to the Trust. Click here for full details and to book your place.