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The Red Kite Academy Trust

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

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…

NAAEE Annual Conference, 2017

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

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…

Becoming a sustainability educator

There’s a free CPD programme for all educators from 7th June to 5th July at the University of Gloucestershire.  It’s from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesdays – starting today.  You can explore how learning for sustainability can: join up the subjects that our learners study bring some big global issues into our teaching encourage young people to become…

The Stories We Live by

The University of Gloucestershire and the International Ecolinguistics Association have launched a new open online ecolinguistics course: The Stories We Live by.  This is Free Everything in the course is free, including accessing the materials, registering, tuition, and a certificate of completion. And you are free to reuse materials in any way (e.g., in teaching). On now Simply click here to access all the…

Arkive and Homework

When grandchildren visit, their homework in tow, it’s essential to get involved.  This is not so much to contribute the wisdom of venerability, as an extra pair of hands.  The latest task was to write about a creature found in the rain forest.  Whilst this was a generous topic: open-ended and full of possibility, there…

Monday Round up – June 12th

1. The Climate Reality website has a feature on how climate change is affecting forest fires.  There are also other articles and updates and you can see these on the Climate Reality blog. 2. FACE has a six-week pilot project working with a pupil referral unit that’s designed for inner city children with no experience of farms or…