Inspiring the Next Generation of Natural Historians

Stephanie West, Angela Marmont Centre, Natural History Museum Back in 2011 the House of Lords discussed the ‘Taxonomic Skills Shortage’. This followed years of discussion within natural history: our natural historians are ageing, where is the next generation, who will continue this work? Historically the UK has had a wealth of amateur and professional naturalists, able…

Mud and MEEN: urban ES education in the post-industrial landscape of Manchester

Raichael Lock, Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN) As Maria Puig de le Bellacasa1 argued recently in her plenary at the Royal Geographic Society Conference in London, ‘soil’ is a perfect metaphor for our troubled relationship with the ‘Earth’. So, that means, for urban ES educators, teaching about mud is more important than ever. In Manchester, the…

Urban ES education as a space for social connections for the residents of Grenfell

Emily Munn, Urbanwise.London Urbanwise aims to promote active outdoor learning in the local area, help young people communicate their views and ideas on environmental issues which concern them and bring people together to examine issues around environmental change. Urban ES education is often associated with building social connections, trust and community, also known as social…

Supporting community-led action through urban Environmental Sustainability education

Nicola Simpson, Urban Wildlife Manager at Gloucester Wildlife Trust Gloucestershire is often considered to be a rural county, full of countryside and nature. So many people might be confused to find out that Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) has an urban programme of work. The county has two major settlements and only one city, Gloucester, which…

Us, Our City, Our World: A project exploring change with SEND students

Ann McGuire, Baskerville School, Birmingham This project involved five Birmingham schools: one primary for hearing impaired, two all-age special schools, one secondary autistic specific school and one small group of students from a mainstream secondary boys’ school (44 students in all). We wanted to make Global Learning especially meaningful and practical to our cohort of…

Creating memorable moments through informal education

Dr. Philip Ryland & Jim Mitchell write about the power of informal environmental education to create memories. Environmental interpretation is widely accepted as a process of communication which aims to deliver meaningful information in an informal, relaxed way to visitors (Benton, 2009; Brochu, 2003).  The type of information provided varies considerably between sites but will…