New Project Dirt activities …

Saturday 17th September Introduction to Photovoltaics – Brighton, East Sussex (9am – 5pm) Get Growing at St Dennis Community Garden – St Austell, Cornwall (10am – 1pm) FoodFest 16 – Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire (10am – 3pm) Plastic Fantastic Workshop #2 – Dartford, Kent (10am – 4pm) Birdwatching Outing to Rye Meads – Hertfordshire (10:30am – 4pm) Growing from your roots – Birmingham…

Outstanding Contributions to Learning Outside the Classroom

The shortlists for the 2016 Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom have been selected.  The LOtC Awards recognise individuals and teams of people who have made a significant impact on the lives of children and young people through their commitment to providing and/or championing exciting and inspiring learning outside the classroom opportunities. The…

How and why trees talk to each other

This is a feature article in Yale Environment 360. Ecologist Suzanne Simard has shown how trees use a network of soil fungi to communicate their needs and aid neighboring plants.  Now she’s warning that threats like clear-cutting and climate change could disrupt these critical networks. The article begins … Two decades ago, while researching her…

Storms in Mexico kill millions of Monarch butterflies

The Environmental News Network reports that storms have killed millions of Monarch butterflies.  The article begins … While international efforts are under way to help keep dwindling populations of monarch butterflies from disappearing, scientists are raising concerns about how severe weather and a loss of forest habitat at their wintering grounds in Mexico are affecting them.  Every year,…

Development Education Research Centre seminars

The Development Education Research Centre (DERC) at UCL in London has announced two autumn seminars: Dr Maureen Ellis will talk on The Critical Global Educator on Tuesday 4thOctober 2016 – 1700 to 1830. Dr Ellis is Senior Research Associate at Development Education Research Centre, University College London – Institute of Education; Associate Lecturer at the Open University; and author of The…

Drawing trees at Kew

Kew has a new day course on an introduction to drawing trees, which covers composition, scale, experimentation, and texture.  After an outdoor ice-breaker exercise using sketchbooks/paper on board, the morning continues with composition studies using viewfinders. This focuses on how the structure of branches and negative space can bring balance to a composition.  The day also includes sessions…