1000 Brownies from across the North West will descend on Knowsley Safari on Saturday 14 June to celebrate their 100th birthday.
Brownies aged between 7 and 10 will take part in a unique ‘Safari Trail’, specially created by the team at Knowsley Safari, to help teach them about extinction, human threats and conservation as they work towards their ‘Friends to Animals’ and ‘On Safari’ badges.
Following the trail activities, Brownies will watch an exclusive show from Knowsley’s sea lions before taking time to climb aboard the Equatorial Express, the miniature train ride around the lake, the perfect way to spot the bachelor giraffes and a herd of African elephants.
Richard Smith, of Knowsley Safari comments: “The celebration at Knowsley Safari will be a fun-filled day out for all of the Brownies, but it will also help them to appreciate the incredible nature on their doorstep, as well as the conservation work that takes place to protect the many species that are under threat in the wild, from elephants, to vultures.
“This year we are encouraging all children to swap screen time for wild time as part of the Project Wild Thing campaign, a film-led movement to get more children exploring the outdoors and reconnecting with nature, something that has always been central to the Guiding message.”
“This will be a really special and memorable adventure for the Brownies – a chance to meet girls from all over the County. Knowsley Safari Park are our neighbours as we have a residential centre, Woodbank, within the grounds. We have a special On Safari badge designed locally that the girls can gain on the day - and hopefully have a birthday celebration they will remember for years to come.”
As part of the Project Wild Thing campaign, Knowsley Safari will be offering a raft of exciting outdoor activities this year, including Bushcraft sessions, Kids’ Clubs, and live Vulture Experiences. Visitors can also hop on board the Equatorial Express, take a Woodland Walk, buzz around the Honeybee Exhibit, and identify Britain’s indigenous birds in the Native Bird Guide.
Brownies started in 1914 when younger girls, seeing the fun older girls were having at Guides, called for something for them too. Girls are celebrating this very special birthday by tackling challenges big and small – from carrying out acts of kindness to taking on rafting, rock-climbing and zip wiring and raising awareness of issues affecting girls in the UK and worldwide.
For more information, visit www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk