How old can a freshwater pearl mussel live? That is one of the things you would learn in a Pearls in the Classroom (PiC) session, as well as much much more about the freshwater pearl mussel. (In case you were wondering the answer is well over 100 years!!)

PiC is an educational program designed to teach kids about one of our most critically endangered animals, whose last stronghold in England is right here in West Cumbria.

An indoor session comprises a presentation, activities and a work booklet. Those able to get out to the river get to see the mussels underwater using a gopro camera and a bathyscope (the orange bucket thing in the photos!).

Sessions are completely free, so if your school is interested please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Info Sheets pdf 868.09 KB
Project Workbook pdf 353.58 KB
Project Workbook Answers pdf 684.09 KB
Pearls in the Classroom Poster pdf 25.61 MB