Monthly Archives: February 2017


Are children and young people really disconnected from nature?

By | February 24th, 2017|Blog|

This important question was posed by Rob Bushby, the John Muir Trust's Award Manager, in an article for the The Scotsman on January 13th.  It appears in full on the JMT website. The article begins: “Children are disconnected from nature” has become something of a worrying mantra. We’re told that they spend less time out [...]

The final outputs of Natural Connections

By | February 24th, 2017|Webwatch|

You can catch up with the final outputs from the Natural Connections project at Plymouth here.  NC says: "Outdoor learning isn’t a subject or topic; it’s a powerful way of teaching.  Natural Connections has shown that it’s possible for school grounds and local greenspaces to be used regularly to support teaching and learning across the curriculum.  It [...]

Update from the John Muir Trust

By | February 23rd, 2017|Webwatch|

Here's a link to the latest E Bulletin from the John Muir Trust.  It's highlights include details of two-day residential courses which give a thorough introduction to the John Muir Award: 11-12 March         Wiston Lodge, Scottish Borders 5-6 April               Brathay Hall, Ambelside, Cumbria 31 May-1 June   [...]

Brundtland 2.0

By | February 22nd, 2017|Blog|

Here's Ronald Rovers again.  This time the blog is about the need to think again about what Brundtland said. It begins: "Maybe its understandable, but in fact a kind of ‘national narcism’: Solving the climate change problem, while maintaining all modern comfort and luxury, gained over the past 150 years by depleting an plundering resources [...]

Making Connections with Nature conference

By | February 22nd, 2017|Webwatch|

The 2017 Learning for Sustainability: Making Connections with Nature conference, hosted at Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, will take place on Friday 12 May and is organised by City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with the Learning for Sustainability Scotland task group - Connections to Nature. The aims of the conference are to enhance the practice of those working within Learning for [...]

Learning away

By | February 21st, 2017|Webwatch|

The February issue of the Learning Away newsletter is now available. In it you can read about the Champion School scheme, find out about the launch the #BrilliantResidentials campaign in Scotland, take part in a CPD survey, and book on to a new workshop run by notdeadfish to help residential providers better understand the changing school landscape. Here's a taste ... [...]

Environmental Education in the Everglades

By | February 21st, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Allyson Gantt Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Imagine a programme that gives South Florida’s elementary students the opportunity to study native fish in the clear waters of an Everglades’ cypress dome, a programme that taught them how to collect scientific data, how to manage South Florida’s water, and how to canoe and camp. The [...]

ENSI update

By | February 21st, 2017|Webwatch|

The latest update from the ENSI programme is available here. Its main focus is on SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, but there are also features on: Germany: The ESD Curriculum Framework, which was developed together with the German Standing Conference of the Education Ministers, is now part of [...]

Developing a Global Learning School

By | February 20th, 2017|Webwatch|

Developing a Global Learning School - online course Think Global's next six-week series of online twilight sessions for teachers kicks off at the end of this month (28th February), and there are still a few places available. Catherine Richardson, the Think Global Programme Manager who delivers the course, says:  "It's a great way for teachers to build their [...]

Outward Bound Blogs

By | February 20th, 2017|Blog|

The Outward Bound Trust publishes blogs on a wide range of issues that are relevant to its work.  Its most recent one was on the "death of the graduate", and looked at the issue of apprenticeships and recruitment to the outdoor learning industry. Other recent ones were on: Maths and the Mountains Education Investor Awards and [...]