Outdoors with the TES

The Times Educational Supplement – TES – has a webpage on resources related to outdoor learning.  This includes: Early Years outdoor play Outdoor fun in the Early Years The Books of Julia Donaldson Song, rhymes and lyrics Collections for resources for creative outdoor learning at Primary school Pattern in art – Primary Art Local study…

Prophet and Loss

A new e-book, Prophet and Loss, celebrates the wildness legacy left by the founder of UK nature conservation, Charles Rothschild. It’s written by Simon Barnes reveals and illustrated by wildlife artist Nik Pollard, and is s a must-read says the Wildlife Trusts. Barnes re-visits seven of the 284 special places which Charles Rothschild and his…

David Attenborough opens the David Attenborough Building

The University of Cambridge’s David Attenborough Building was formally opened in early April after undergoing a £58-million revamp to transform it into a global centre of conservation excellence. A dramatic ‘living wall’ covered in plants forms the centrepiece  of the new centre, which will house over 500 biologists, conservationists and students, and provide a base for research, conferences,…

Connecting communities for good

Here are some forthcoming Project Dirt activities: Saturday 30th April Vegan Permaculture Design Course, Puglia, Italy, with Graham Burnett– Outside UK… (9am – 5pm) Introduction to Permaculture – Totnes, Devon (9:30am – 5:30pm) Discover Nature at the Urb Farm – Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (10am – 1pm) Staffordshire Day Celebrations – Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire (10:30am – 4:30am) Pigpen Radio Crowdfunder…

Circle of Life report

Circle of Life Rediscovery and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Learning Disability/ Family Intensive Support Service – held a Celebration Day on 31st March to mark the huge success of their three year project.  Children and young people with learning disabilities often have fewer opportunities in life and…

Hedgerow plant identifier

The CPRE has produced a useful new guide for identifying and classifying hedgerows. This is a celebration of our hedgerows. CPRE says: “We wanted to share our passion for them and encourage more people to care about them too.  And to entice you further, we’ve included a handy hedgerow plant identifier for when you’re next…

A garden in every school

Julia Parker-Dickerson,  Director of Education Programmes at KidsGardening.org explores school gardening in New York. Housed together in a four-story brown brick structure surrounded by brownstones and apartment buildings in Brooklyn, New York are two schools: Brooklyn Arts & Science Elementary School (PS 705) and the Explore Exceed Charter School (Exceed). These combined schools in the Crown…

It’s National Environmental Education Week

But only in the USA.  NEEF’s 12th annual National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is taking place from April 17-23.  It’s the USA’s  largest celebration of EE, and it sets out to inspire environmental learning among school students, and beyond, with events and projects taking place across the country in classrooms, after-school clubs, parks, aquariums, museums, and…

Resources from YPTE

The Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) has been busy for the last few months creating lesson plans and presentations to assist teachers in delivering lessons on environmental topics that meet with the requirements of the National Curriculum. YPTE offers free talks and presentations in schools, but as a small organisation with a limited…