Monthly Archives: March 2016


National Environmental Education Week

By | March 23rd, 2016|Blog|

NEEF has announced that April 17 to 23 is National Environmental Education Week – at least in the USA which is where NEEF operates. This is NEEF’s 12th annual EEWeek, and this one is sponsored by Samsung. It is the USA's "largest celebration of environmental education", and NEEF invites environmental educators of all kinds, teaching [...]

Arkive finds two new species

By | March 22nd, 2016|Webwatch|

Photographs on the Arkive website have helped naturalists identify two previously unrecorded species of magnolia. In 2010, Roberto Pedraza Ruiz gave Arkive a series of photos he had taken in a cloud forest within eastern Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.  One was identified as being the magnolia, Magnolia dealbata, classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  But [...]

Latest from the Permaculture Association

By | March 21st, 2016|Webwatch|

Click here to see the latest from the Permaculture Association. It includes features on People's Food Policy People Centred Design Steward Community Wood

What do you think of Canada geese?

By | March 21st, 2016|Blog|

Canada geese tend to get a bad press.  As Simon Barnes says in a column for a recent Spectator, "... they're noisy, filthy and polluting and far too efficient at breeding."  Barnes adds that he rather admires them for this.  After all, they are rather like us. For more on geese generally, and our relationship with [...]

Put up a Paradise

By | March 20th, 2016|Environmental Education Feature|

Put Up a Paradise is one of the two articles published by Green Teacher in its February 2016 edition that is freely available to read.  We are highlighting it here to draw your attention both to the article, and to Green Teacher itself, as this is a journal that NAEE finds to be consistently informative and interesting. The article begins ... On [...]

More learning away

By | March 18th, 2016|Webwatch|

Learning Away, which promotes residentials, has secured a further two-years funding (£215,000) from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This will be used to promote and champion residential learning and enable more young people to benefit from these experiences. The consortium says that the funding will enable it to: continue to make the case for and build [...]

March 1916

By | March 18th, 2016|Blog|

The Guardian website carried an evocative article last week that originally appeared in the Manchester Guardian in March 1916.  It begins, "The sun went down a huge ball almost blood-red in colour, and so vast that half the heaven in the west seemed to be covered. As it sank, all that remained of this ruddy twilight [...]

Project Dirt activities

By | March 17th, 2016|Webwatch|

Here are the activities that Dirt has identified over the next two weeks. Sunday 20th March Forest School Club - Gravesend, Kent (10am - 12:15pm) Hedge Planting Party - Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire (11am - 1pm) Worcester Soup March - Worcester, Worcestershire (3pm - 6pm)   Monday 21st March 'Mistletoe, mapping soil variation, his PhD, soil science & precision agriculture!' - Southend, [...]

Training Ops from CLOtC

By | March 16th, 2016|Webwatch|

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom has announced new training opportunities for 2016.  It says: "We have revised and updated our training programme to ensure that we continue to improve and meet the needs of those working in learning outside the classroom.  Our training programme now offers a clear progression, so that you can build [...]

The purpose and quality of education in England

By | March 16th, 2016|Blog|

The deadline for making submissions to the House of Commons Education select committee enquiry into the purpose and quality of education in England has now passed, and you can find all the written evidence on the committee website. A significant section of the evidence provided had a focus, one way or another, on outdoor learning, [...]