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10 reasons why you should visit our panda-tastic Experience

 

    Saturday 25 January 2014 was a pretty significant day for WWF-UK. Having moved into our fantastic Living Planet Centre back in October 2013, we finally marked the public opening of the WWF Experience!

    Amy Kobelis, Living Planet Centre Marketing Manager

    Let me take a few steps back to explain. The idea of the Living Planet Centre was born when long standing supporter the Rufford Foundation offered us £5 million and posed us a challenge – “How can you maximise this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put WWF on the map?”  The idea was not just to create a new office, but a visitor centre that would attract current and future members, and provide an interactive experience for families and school parties. The events of Saturday 25 January really felt like we had achieved that mission.

    For this special event we opened our doors to the general public from 1-4pm. The treasure hunt quizzes were ready, the WWF Experience switched on and waiting to be explored; the face painters poised with their black and white paint; and in our learning zone, the pens, scissors and glue were ready to create panda masks, finger puppets and bags.

    We also had the truly inspiring speech made by Sir David Attenborough at our official building opening back in November showing in our fantastic auditorium.

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    We were ready and excited to be open – but this was the unknown for us, would there be any visitors? We were not disappointed by the enthusiasm of the people of Woking and beyond.  We welcomed over 500 people through our doors during the afternoon, many of which left feeling – or at least looking – more like pandas than when they arrived – and we don’t just mean the kids! Everyone on the team had a great day, and really enjoyed sharing our building with our visitors.

    We’re working on plans for more special events, so keep an eye on our website for details.

    The WWF Experience at the Living Planet Centre is now open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, excluding bank holidays.

    Living Planet Centre window logoLiving Planet Centre window logo © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK A happy child runs towards the panda mascotA happy child runs towards the panda mascot © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK Two wheelchair users viewing the display screens at the WWF Experience Two wheelchair users viewing the display screens at the WWF Experience © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK A father and his children having fun at the WWF Experience A father and his children having fun at the WWF Experience © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK A father and his young sons exploring the touch screens at the WWF Experience  A father and his young sons exploring the touch screens at the WWF Experience © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK Birdseye view of a busy WWF ExperienceBirdseye view of a busy WWF Experience © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK Two young girls exploring one of the pods at the WWF Experience Two young girls exploring one of the pods at the WWF Experience © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK A young girl peering into a glass case design with plastic pandas A young girl peering into a glass case design with plastic pandas © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK A small boy using the touch screens at the WWF ExperienceA small boy using the touch screens at the WWF Experience © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK A panda mascot with children outside the Living Planet Centre A panda mascot with children outside the Living Planet Centre © Tristan Fewings/WWF-UK

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