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 for sustainable living.
2. Think Global’s latest newsletter is here. New CEO, Jess McQuail, says:
“It’s been a really interesting first few months as CEO. As you all know, we are collectively operating in a fast changing and challenging environment, where making the case for global learning and action is increasingly difficult, although never more needed. As a result of my engagement with, and learning from, many of you in our network I have now developed a short term Business Plan to respond to this and take the organisation through to 2018. You can read about our priorities here.”
“Thousands of museums are located in and around World Heritage sites. Site museums preserve the integrity of the sites through conservation efforts, but also enhance interpretation and visitor education. Experts, tourists and local communities all have a role in these activities. Museums can also help bolster the local and regional economy, and provide platforms for debate and discussion as a forum for tackling complex social and intergenerational issues.”
4. The latest Outdoor families magazine is here. There’s a car-camping checklist, a sleep away camp checklist, and a gardening with kids checklist. These are aimed at North Americans, so expect cultural differences.
5. 30 Days Wild. Once again, the Wildlife Trusts are challenging us to a wild June. Details are here. What are you doing? It’s not too late to get your free digital 30 Days Wild pack, which includes a wallchart, a poster, and activity sheet and a spotting sheet, to help you go wild, just select who is taking part and take the next step.
6. Grounds for Learning is the Scottish programme of the UK charity Learning through Landscapes and it supports outdoor learning and play for children. Here are some of its latest projects:
[i] Schools and local community groups can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the Greggs Foundation. The closing date for applications is the 24th June 2017. More information here.
[ii] The first round of Local School Nature Grants has concluded, and was very oversubscribed. Please apply again, or for the first time as our ongoing rounds have more money available and fewer applicants. The grants are a combination of equipment/resources and training for staff, with a simple application form and process. More information and apply here.
7. Children & Nature’s research digest for June is here. It contains details of the following studies (and more):
- Teaching methods, school policy and green elements are associated with positive environmental education outcomes
- Nurturing a sense of wonder is thought to be vital to developing an ethic of care for the environment
- Sustainable school design may promote students’ pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors
8. The deadline for applying for the national LOtC Mark is July 7th. The LOtC Mark is the a national accreditation for schools, nurseries and other educational establishments which recognises and supports the development of learning outside the classroom (LOtC) across all subject areas.
If you haven’t registered your interest in applying, or you need advice and support on completing your application, or are unsure of how you can meet the criteria, email firstname.lastname@example.org, outlining the questions you have that might be answered during a telephone consultation.