Rotary’s endangered species project

The deadline for Rotary’s endangered species project has been extended to April 30th. Teachers are invited to encourage their students to participate in an endangered species project and design and produce a leaflet showing how arctic animals particularly Polar bears are affected by Climate Change. Students are also encouraged to produce a depiction of a polar bear in any size using…

Migrant Workers on farms

FACE has added to its Handling controversial issues series, with a publication on Migrant Workers.  This provides classroom activities and information from a variety of differing viewpoints and aims to help pupils reach their own conclusions about this complex issue. The activities in this booklet can form part of a whole programme or, at the teacher’s discretion,…

Reports from Natural England

Here’s a round up of recent and relevant evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items issued by the partnership of Natural England, The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and Historic England on behalf of and for the Strategic Research Groups.  This supports the Strategic Research Groups for…

Storytelling outdoors

Countryside Classroom says that Chris Holland, an outdoor educator and author based in the south west, has launched an online storytelling for outdoor learning course. The course aims to empower teachers, outdoor educators, forest school leaders and parents to become better storytellers and facilitate memorable learning experiences through the power of story, narrative-led play, games and activities.

Tractors into Schools

Thanks to FACE for the news that school children across Lincolnshire saw a new addition to their playground when the ‘Tractors into Schools’ initiative returned last week.  The project, which was launched in 2016 by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and the National Farmers Union, has returned for a second year to educate children on farming, food…

Waitrose supports Countryside Classroom

Waitrose has made a donation to Countryside Classroom, allowing the site to “grow more quickly, reach more teachers sooner and expand the scope of resources available on the site.” Tina Varns, Manager, Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing at Waitrose, said: “We think it’s really important to encourage children to learn about where their food comes from, how…

New from Outdoor Families

The latest feature from Outdoor Families is here. Pacific Coast Highway: OFM’s Guide to an Epic Family Road Trip by Jennifer Fontaine is the story of an epic summer family road trip and “is as American as warm apple pie ala mode”, but the intricacies of planning one can prove a bit more challenging than simply…

A crisis in US environmental policy?

The problems that our sister organisation in North America [NAAEE] is having over its funding have now become clearer.  You can see the detail of the difficulties here, and this quote from NAAEE’s recent message to its members illustrates the significance of the problem the USA as a whole now faces: “The Administration’s budget, as many of…