I had the pleasure of working with rainforest ecologist Jenna Lawson as part of The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2021. Jenna records sounds in Costa Rican rainforests to monitor biodiversity. Inspired by her work, I created a story, a board game and an interactive activity all about the real world problems the local endangered spider monkeys face. The sounds that Jenna and her team record were an integral part of this interactive, multisensory workshop and the families enjoyed hearing first hand from a real-life rainforest scientist!

Families worked together to create safe routes for the spider monkeys, whilst learning all about deforestation, biodiversity and how they can help species all over the world.

Playing the Spider Monkey board game. Photo credit: Imperial college

Photo credit: Imperial college
Building spider monkey bridges from recycled materials. Photo credit: Imperial college
Photo credit: Imperial college