Monthly Archives: June 2017


What’s your landscape story?

By | June 22nd, 2017|Webwatch|

The GA says that, following the success of previous photo competitions by its Physical Geography Special Interest Group, the Physical Geography Photo Competition returns.  The theme for this year is ‘Landscape Story’. The aims are ... to promote students’ observation and awareness of physical geography in their environment to apply young people’s knowledge of physical geography [...]

London news

By | June 21st, 2017|Webwatch|

London has had more than its fair share of tragedy recently, and so it seems almost inappropriate to focus on positive news.  However, amidst all the gloom and disaster, there are good things happening, especially in relation to (environmental) education.  Read on ... 1. LEEF's Summer Party This is on Wednesday 5th July at Holland Park Ecology Centre 1800 [...]

Time for Out of Classroom Learning

By | June 21st, 2017|Blog|

NAEE's recent featured book was a report by the social change consultancy, NotDeadFish: Work on the Wild Side.  You can download it here.  The report "attempts to debunk the myth that outdoor learning and residentials are not viable teaching mechanisms".  I'm not sure that this myth actually exists, and neither, I suspect, do the authors of the report [...]

RSPB writes about plastics, weather, biodiversity, birds, …

By | June 20th, 2017|Webwatch|

The RSPB's latest newsletter is here.  There are features on puffins and swifts, and on garden sunbeds (for nature, not we humans).  Meanwhile, the Earth Day Network is asking for help in selecting a theme for 2018.  The choice we have is below, and you can click to vote: Plastics Plastics litter our cities and oceans, and [...]

Monday Round up – June 19th

By | June 19th, 2017|Webwatch|

1. The Best of Both Worlds Conference for Environmental Education and Education for Sustainability takes place in the Kruger National Park , South Africa from 5-8 November 2017.  This conference is a forum for practitioners, teachers and those involved in education and communication to meet and share experiences in strengthening the framework for environmental education and education [...]

The Red Kite Academy Trust

By | June 16th, 2017|Webwatch|

Over the last two years, a group of people from across the Wildlife Trusts has been exploring the establishment of Nature Schools with an ethos based on learning about, and in, the natural environment.   The Red Kite Academy Trust has now been formed and intends to submit an application to government for the first four Nature Schools in [...]

Preschools without walls

By | June 15th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Irish Times recently carried an article titled: Preschools without walls: why children need outdoor play.  Too much screen-time and inactivity, it says, is depriving young people of vital lifeskill.  It begins like this: "Every generation winces when the previous one recalls how much better life was in their day.  But one thing everyone remembers is [...]

Why Animals Can’t Save the Planet

By | June 14th, 2017|Book Review|

Why Animals Can’t Save the Planet is a compact, colourful book that shows children what they can do to "save the planet".  The book is written in rhyme and features bold, colourful illustrations of animals trying – and obviously failing – to carry out actions that are easy for humans to do: a gorilla struggling to [...]

NAAEE Annual Conference, 2017

By | June 14th, 2017|Webwatch|

Registration is now open for the 46th Annual NAAEE Conference [ October 18-21 ] and the 14th Annual Research Symposium [ October 17-18 ].  It's being held in partnership with Para la Naturaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  NAAEE says: Our 46th Annual Conference will build on more than four decades of work in our field to think creatively and collectively about how we [...]

A child’s right to nature

By | June 14th, 2017|Blog|

Today's blog takes us to the Children and Nature Network where you will find the following posts (and more): A CHILD’S RIGHT TO NATURE: Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights #100HOURSUNPLUGGED: A Challenge to Families to Go Offline and Outside Together TOGETHER IN NATURE: The Impact of the Family [...]