CJS Focus

We regularly feature the work of the Countryside Jobs Service, although we don’t always explore the full range of what its website has to offer.  Today’s blog looks at the CJS library of feature articles previously published in CJS Focus.  These are articles written for CJS by a range of organisations and charities.  There is information…

Research update from Natural England – Part 2

Here is the second part of Natural England’s recent round up of evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All in order to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between…

The contribution of fieldwork

Today’s blog comes from Dr Melissa Glackin, an NAEE Fellow who works at King’s College London.  Melissa is commenting from the perspective of science education on Alan Kinder’s recent NAEE blog. The contribution of fieldwork It was great to read Alan Kinder’s blog for NAEE earlier this month: The contribution of fieldwork to geography education.…

Research update from Natural England – Part 1

Here is the first part of Natural England’s recent round up of evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All in order to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links…

Handprinting the Earth

The idea of an environmental handprint is the positive side of the environmental footprint.  For example: Handprint is positive action, commitment, measurement; it also means connecting – joining hands and a symbol of care. Environmental issues have become part of one’s life and so there is a dire need to practice positive sustainable actions from…

Time for Out of Classroom Learning

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…

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…

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…

The 10 Tree Charter Principles

As we noted recently, the Woodland Trust is leading a call for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People (the charter project) with more than 70 organisations taking part.  The details are here. The 10 principles of the Tree Charter are here: Thriving habitats for diverse species Urban and rural landscapes should have a rich diversity…

Wider learning and connected experience

Today’s blog is by Sheila Gundry, Resource Future’s Education Manager. Wider learning and connected experience Learning Outside the Classroom Day (18 May) is a lovely reminder of the great strides made across the country to encourage outdoor learning.  For me, having worked in Field Centres for many years, nothing seemed more natural than to teach and…