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Why Connection with Nature Matters

By | October 26th, 2017|Blog|

Today's post is from the PSYCHREG blog, and is by Miles Richardson, Head of Psychology at the University of Derby and founder and coordinator of the Nature Connectedness Research Group. He says that whilst there is plenty of research to demonstrate that spending time in nature is good for us, there's rather less to explain why this should be [...]

September Natural England Research Round up

By | October 24th, 2017|Blog|

You can see the September round up of evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news from Natural England here.  This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy [...]

Scotland’s Vision 2030+

By | October 19th, 2017|Blog|

As you might recall, in March 2013 Scottish government ministers accepted all 31 recommendations of the Learning for Sustainability (LfS) report which put forward that every learner should receive their entitlement to LfS and every practitioner should demonstrate LfS in their practice.  In addition, it called for every school and centre to develop a coherent, whole school approach [...]

IUCN and the Sustainable Development Goals

By | October 17th, 2017|Blog|

IUCN says that it champions nature’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It is the UN agency whose role it is to monitor progress towards the biodiversity-related targets amongst the goals.  IUCN understands that the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, and the 17 SDGs that underpin it, recognise that the natural world and its life-giving services must [...]

Summer Natural England Research Round up

By | October 12th, 2017|Blog|

You can see the late Summer round up of evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news from Natural England here. This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, [...]

A catechism for sustainability? The UNESCO Learning Objectives

By | October 10th, 2017|Blog|

Today's guest blog is by Ben Ballin. 255 learning objectives Attentive souls may have spotted that a report was published by UNESCO earlier this year, setting out learning objectives for each of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.  It is no doubt a laudable achievement to create fifteen learning objectives for each of the seventeen goals: that’s [...]

More Children and Nature Network blogs

By | October 5th, 2017|Blog|

1. September Is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Ken Krall | WXPR  September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in the U.S., a national event to raise awareness of the problem which affects one in six children in this country. Experts say a rise in idle activities, such as watching television and streaming services and playing video games, has the [...]

The Cairngorm Reindeer; a re-wilding success from the 1950s

By | October 3rd, 2017|Blog|

Today’s guest blog is by Geoffrey Guy who lectures at Reaseheath College.  Geoff is the Director of Education for Bushcraft Education Ltd, and the founder of the Bushcraft Education blog: Reindeer became extinct in the British Isles during the 12th Century, with the last known records of them occurring in the Orkneyinga saga which documents some of the history [...]

Our native wild cat

By | September 28th, 2017|Blog|

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, and you can read it here.  It includes this on the British wildcat: There is only one native wild cat in Britain (for now! - see below) and work is ongoing in Scotland to ensure its survival. Read about one volunteer's Wonderful Wildcat Experience.  James Walker writes [...]

Blogs from the Children and Nature Network

By | September 26th, 2017|Blog|

Click here to read the latest blogs from the Children and Nature Network. This includes: NATURE-BASED LEADERSHIP: Leading from the Heart of Nature by Cheryl Charles Throughout my life, I have been influenced and inspired by direct contact with nature. From formative childhood experiences to acting as the primary focus of my career, nature has nourished my [...]