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…

Young Champions of the Earth

UNEP has a Young Champions of the Earth scheme and anyone between 18-30 can apply online here. Six Young Champions of the Earth are selected every year, one from each global region (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and West Asia). Each winner receives the following: US$15,000 in seed funding; Attendance at the United…

What’s your landscape story?

The GA says that, following the success of previous photo competitions by its Physical Geography Special Interest Group, the Physical Geography Photo Competition returns.  The theme for this year is ‘Landscape Story’. The aims are … to promote students’ observation and awareness of physical geography in their environment to apply young people’s knowledge of physical geography…

London news

London has had more than its fair share of tragedy recently, and so it seems almost inappropriate to focus on positive news.  However, amidst all the gloom and disaster, there are good things happening, especially in relation to (environmental) education.  Read on … 1. LEEF’s Summer Party This is on Wednesday 5th July at Holland Park Ecology Centre 1800…

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…

Monday Round up – June 19th

1. The Best of Both Worlds Conference for Environmental Education and Education for Sustainability takes place in the Kruger National Park , South Africa from 5-8 November 2017.  This conference is a forum for practitioners, teachers and those involved in education and communication to meet and share experiences in strengthening the framework for environmental education and education…

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…