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  • Access to nature aviva fund: I Love Nature CIC are raising funds to develop an accessible composting toilet and changing facility to support disabled children and adults who visit their site in east Cornwall. They have a page on the Aviva Community Fund website and need your help. Each person is entitled to 10 votes - the more they get, the more chances they have of getting the award. For further information, check out their website. Thank you for your support – I Love Nature CIC.  

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Events 

  • Annual Research Seminar, 2 December 2017, Exeter
  • The 6th International Adventure Conference ‘Climates of Change: Rethinking the Outdoor Experience’, 30 January-2 February 2018, Segovia, Spain.
  • Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Fourteenth Biennial Research Symposium, 12-14 January 2018, Martinsville, Indiana. 

 

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  • Outdoor Learning and the Environment- What is our Role? 30 September 2017, National Trust Studland Discovery Centre. 
  • Creation Active Communities 2017, 21 September 2017


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Young Orchard Maintenance Training, 5 August, Poole Farm, Estover with Tess Wilmot.

We are delighted to let you know that there is an opportunity for budding orchardists and fruit tree growers to come along to Poole Farm to work with Permaculture specialist Tess Wilmot to gain some wonderful experience in what to do in maintaining young fruit trees over the summer months. 

This will involve:

  • pruning stoned fruit trees – cherry and plum
  • health checks of all types of fruit trees – remedial pruning tips, structure and disease control.
As this will involve helping us with the maintenance of our newly planted orchard (over 200 trees) we are delighted to offer this for free in exchange for your help. Please do bring your own secateurs, loppers or other useful tools if you have them as well as some lunch. We’ll provide the training and refreshments. Reply to derrifordcp@plymouth.gov.uk to book a place as places are limited.

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  • Have a Curious and Wild Summer with us!
  • LOtC Schools Roadshow.
  • Outdoor Learning and the environment - what is our role? 30 September 2017, Wessex. A regional gathering to explore the way in which the outdoor learning sector can contribute to the environment within Wessex. This will be a challenging day that allows us to draw on our own experiences, values and practices and reflect on how we bring environmental stewardship into our practice. Free to attend but please book. We are asking you to book by July 31, by phone 01228 564580 or email.

Job vacancies 

  • City Research Assistants (Outdoor Learning Research Hubs), This will involve the collection and analysis of data and findings from small-scale research studies in Outdoor Learning provided by the hubs. In addition, the assistant will support the development of a national framework for the analysis of these findings, the production of reports for the Strategic Research Group of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and the development of research questions and methods that will help the hub members respond to strategically important questions that will underpin policy development. The assistant will be supervised by members of the Outdoor Learning Research hub at the University of Cumbria and will supported by and report to an steering group of academics and practitioners engaged in the project. 

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PhD studentship

Job vacancies 

  • Outreach Developer, deadline: 25 June 2017, As an Outreach Developer, you'll be providing inspirational learning experiences for school and community audiences internally and externally. In this role, you'll be developing and performing shows and workshops for different audiences including secondary school students. You'll engage and inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to explore how science shapes their lives today and in their future.
  • Engaging environments, deadline: 25 July 2017.

OelResNet digest 28.04.17

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Invitation 

  • RSPB and Aldi: Giving Nature a Home in Schools, My name is Gemma and I am the RSPB Schools Outreach Officer in Plymouth. We are currently offering free curriculum linked workshops that engage children with the environment and connect them to nature. This is a great opportunity to get more children learning outside the classroom with help from one our trained RSPB session leaders.  Please see flier for information.

OelResNet digest 17.03.17

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Call for proposals

  • Environmental Education Research: Critical Investigations of the Research-Policy Relationship in Environmental and Sustainability Education. Deadline: May 15, 2017

 


Job vacancies

  • Education Assistant (People's Postcode Lottery), Closing date: Monday 20 March 2017. We are seeking a creative and inspiring Education Assistant to work alongside our Education Officer to deliver the Exeter Wildlife Champions project. You will play a key role in delivering outdoor learning sessions and Forest School activities throughout the city.
  • Intern - Outdoor Woodland Learning, Closing date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017. As part of an exciting project, we are looking to take on an intern to train in the delivery of both formal and informal outdoor education sessions. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a passion for the outdoors, the natural world and an interest in working with children of all ages.
  • Board Members, Closing date: 22 March 2017. Candidates should have an appreciation of England’s Protected Landscapes and in particular National Parks and AONBs as significant national assets, their statutory purposes and duties and be able to take account of interests at both the national and local level. In addition, candidates should have the ability to think strategically and provide advice and challenge in ways which are impartial, creative and focused on finding solutions. See flier.

OelResNet digest 15.03.17

Events 

  • 29 March 2017 11-12.30 Cookworthy Building Room 505, Plymouth University Natural England /IOL research and practice hubs. Please come along if you are a practitioner, sector organisation representative or researcher to find out more about these and share information about research across the region and your views on how research and practice in outdoor learning can work together even more effectively in the South west.
  • 23 June 2017  all day venue tbc, Plymouth University Health and Well-being from Natural Places mini conference. We have several excellent speakers already lined up – do contact us if you would also like to present.


And don’t forget the European Outdoor Education seminar at the University of St Mark and St John 28 June – 2 July 2017 and Sustainable Earth Institute conference, 28-29 June 2017. Members of the outdoor and experiential learning research network are presenting at both of these.

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Meeting dates

We'd like to find some suitable times to meet up for the following two outdoor and experiential learning research network events this year:
  • A planning meeting to develop the Natural England Research and Practice regional hub (Southwest). (A separate email will be sent out about this shortly)
  • A day (or afternoon) of natural health and well-being including presentations by Andy Wills on sailing and 'social work', on Moor Health and Wellbeing and on Naturally Healthy Devon Schools. Offers for other presentations on this theme are very much welcomed.
Please can you fill in the doodle poll to help us identify the best dates to choose. If you have comments or questions, please feel free to email us.

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Regional outdoor learning practice and research hubs 06.02.17

Following discussions between the Institute of Outdoor Learning, the University of Cumbria and Natural England, three pilot hubs for enhancing the interface between research and practice are being set up this year. The objectives are:

  • Building links between local research-practice communities.
  • Capturing the scope of research and delivery projects in their area.
  • Creating plans for supporting amplification of delivery in areas of national priority (such as school based OL)
  • Creating plans to support evidence gathering in areas of national priority (such as understanding the role of nature connection in delivering outcomes) 
  • Disseminating information about evidence and good practice within their hub area, among the network of pilot hubs and with the SRG LINE and SWG. 
These pilot hubs will be in Scotland, the North and the South of England. They will be led by members of the Natural England Strategic Research Group Learning in the Natural Environment - you can download the current terms of reference for the hubs and their coordination. The regional hub offers a brilliant extension of what we try to do in the outdoor and experiential learning research network, which has over 250 members now. 

This new hub also represents the opportunity to reach out to other colleagues and organisations in the region and to take stock of the ways in which we can help research, practice and policy in outdoor learning work together more effectively.

The regional hub leaders and proposing organisations are meeting to discuss the national level plans on 28 February 2017 but before going to that meeting, I would love to hear from as many of you as possible so I can feed in ways that you think these hubs (especially our regional Southern England hub) can help your own work, be it in the research, practice or policy arena. 

Please send us your comments by Friday 24 February at the latest.
The main questions at this stage are:

  • How can a regional research and practice hub for outdoor learning help you in your work?
  • Do the proposed objectives meet your needs?
  • What help could you offer to the hub?
Following the February national meeting, we will call a special regional meeting so we can share further information and make plans.

OelResNet digest 25.01.17


Events

  • Outdoor Learning Seminar deadline: 2 February 2017, For more detailed information please read the mail below or get in contact with Ela Rupert (ela.rupert@stanislav.si.) You can apply as well, of course (you can apply for the Erasmus+ K1 funding). 

OelResNet digest 20.01.17

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  • Institute for Outdoor Learning free sign up
  • Seminar by Gary Streeter and Tom Jones: 2-4.30 pm, 10 February 2017, The Watermark Centre, Erme Court, Leonards Road, IVYBRIDGE PL21 0SZ. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (Devon) is holding an open seminar, with guest speakers Gary Streeter MP and Tom Jones, Lead Officer for the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. All are welcome. Contact Penny Childs on 01392 966737 or email director@cpredeveon.org.uk to reserve a place.

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Job vacancies

  • Education Coordinator: 30 January 2017: We are seeking a creative and passionate educator experienced in working with schools and leading education programmes, with a philosophical understanding and knowledge of education for sustainability, the natural world and global learning, to lead and develop our programmes and team.
  • MPhil/PhD studentships available in PSI and FABE (University of Westminster): 10 February 2017: PSI’s mission is to inform a more sustainable society, particularly in the context of climate change. PSI is a research centre in FABE, and applications for doctoral study in PSI are eligible for this competition. We wish to encourage and actively support high quality MPhil/PhD applications in areas that align with those of our researchers. To achieve this, we are adding an interim stage into the process.

OelResNet digest 06.01.17

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  • Experiential-CPD monthly calendar.
  • Community Weekend: 14-15 January 2017, Eden Project. Download the PDF flyer.
  • Community Weekend: 21-22 January 2017, Eden Project. The support Eden receives from our local community of friends and neighbours plays a big part in our continued success. To thank you, we are running Community Weekends this winter, to offer selected groups and organisations free admission on specific dates. Download the PDF flyer.

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  • Seminar on Outdoor Learning from Norwegian scholars: 10 January 2017, 1pm-2.30pm. Plymouth University, Plymouth. We are delighted to say that two Norwegian professors, Ingunn Fjørtoft and Kari Anne Jørgensen, will be visiting Plymouth University in January to talk about their work in outdoor learning. The seminar will take place on 10 January in Rolle Building, Room 305. All welcome! Please let Rowena know if you’d like to come on R.Passy@plymouth.ac.uk.

OelResNet digest 23.12.16

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  • The Edible School Garden: 8th February 2017, St Mary’s Primary School, BS35 1HJ. This course will give you the skills you need to set up a simple productive garden and manage the growing space seasonally throughout the year. 
  • Investigate Primary Plant Science through the Garden: 7th March 2017, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH. Learn to inspire children through the wonder of plants and send them on a journey of investigation and discovery as they explore the science of the garden. 
  • Cultivating a Healthier School (Grow, Cook, Eat your own produce): 20th March 2017, Air Balloon Hill Primary School, Hillside Road, St George, Bristol, BS5 7PB. RHS horticulturists have teamed up with the Food Teachers Centre to provide a practical course to enable you to put pupil’s health and wellbeing at the centre of your school with an ethos and culture of great food. 

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  • Seminar on Outdoor Learning from Norwegian Scholars: 10th January 2017, 1pm-2.30pm. Plymouth University, Plymouth. We are delighted to say that two Norwegian professors, Ingunn Fjørtoft and Kari Anne Jørgensen, will be visiting Plymouth University on January to talk about their work in outdoor learning. The seminar will take place on January 10th in Rolle Building, Room 305. All welcome! Please let Rowena know if you’d like to come on R.Passy@plymouth.ac.uk 
  • School improvement through outdoor learning and sustainability, 2017 Conference: 17th March 2017, Buckfast Abbey Conference. Download a PDF version of the conference flyer

OelResNet digest 09.12.16

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  • The ESRC Festival of Social Science event: Awaken the Spirit of Discovery in Science Outside


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  • Seminar on Outdoor Learning from Norwegian Scholars: 10th January 2017, 1pm-2.30pm. Plymouth University, Plymouth. We are delighted to say that two Norwegian professors, Ingunn Fjørtoft and Kari Anne Jørgensen, will be visiting Plymouth University on January to talk about their work in outdoor learning. The seminar will take place on January 10th in Rolle Building, Room 305. All welcome! Please let Rowena know if you’d like to come on R.Passy@plymouth.ac.uk 
Studentship

  • MPhil/PhD studentships available in PSI and FABE: The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE) at the University of Westminster is offering three MPhil/PhD studentships, to start in September 2017. PSI’s mission is to inform a more sustainable society, particularly in the context of climate change. PSI is a research centre in FABE, and applications for doctoral study in PSI are eligible for this competition. We wish to encourage and actively support high quality MPhil/PhD applications in areas that align with those of our researchers.

OelResNet digest 17.06.16

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  • The launch of the new Centre for Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures (CenCSE) 8 July, the St Luke’s Campus, University of Exeter.
  • Being Outdoors with Children from Birth to Three: this course, providing an in depth opportunity to consider the value and practicalities of getting very young children outdoors and into nature, is an exciting initiative of the newly formed ‘Skogsmulle UK’. The course is to be held in Hyde near Manchester in late July.

 

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  • Funded PhD opportunity: this PhD is closely linked to a three-year research project entitled Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature: integrating green/blue infrastructure and health service valuation and delivery (IWUN). Through supporting the development of a smartphone app, evaluating the efficacy of the App as a data collection tool and working closely with project partners and stakeholders to explore the potential for the App as a green prescription. Can a smartphone App promote therapeutic interactions with the natural environment? at FindAPhD.

OelResNet digest 03.06.16

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  • Bushcraft skills day: from simple beginnings to the more elaborate! 2 July 2016, nr Okehampton, 10am – 4pm. This workshop is aimed at both those new to bushcraft and those with some experience. The day aims to give you the opportunity to spend a day in a woodland camp learning new skills, discussing safety issues and ways you can embed these skills into your practice - Institute for Outdoor Learning website
  • CLOtC Training & Events: The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the national charity which supports and high quality learning outside the classroom (LOtC), is offering a day of training on high quality LOtC at Dartmoor Zoo on 23 June - Council for Learning Outside the Classroom website
  • Experiential-CPD Monthly Calendar (got warning message about this link)

 

Events

  • Ambios Bioblitz invitation: Ambios are holding an inaugural Bioblitz, an intense 24 hour survey aiming to record all living species within an area, at our beautiful Lower Sharpham Farm site next to the River Dart. 
  • The Dart School Invites you to an Evening of Music, Story and Song: A fun and entertaining ‘cabaret’ style evening of music, storytelling, songs and provocations presented by The Dart School, a school being founded on connection to nature, community, care, and a love of learning, with creativity at its heart. Come and join us. Visit the Dart School website

Report and book

  • Report for the Rippledown Residential Education Programme: Evaluating the residential programme of activities for children 2015. This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the Rippledown outdoor experiential programme of activities for a group (N = 50) of early adolescents (aged 10-11) during September through to November 2015. It illustrates the positive elements of being away from home and learning to interact with other children and adults in addition to learning about the environment. The implications of these results are briefly discussed in relation to previous research and contemporary education issues relating to wellbeing and environmental awareness. Read the executive summary and full academic report on The Bay Trust website.
  • Green Exercise: Linking Nature, Health and Well-being: the concept of Green Exercise has now been widely adopted and implies a synergistic health benefit of being active in the presence of nature. It describes the impact of Green Exercise on human health and well-being through all stages of the life course and covers a wide spectrum from cellular processes such as immune function through to facilitating human behavioural change.

OelResNet digest 20.05.16

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  • LIFEbeat Creative Practice Training - you will gain skills and insights into the practice of group facilitation and walk away with a toolbox of easy-to-lead activities.You will meet a group of open, curious and creative people - Embercombe website 
  • Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Project - learn about conservation and volunteering opportunities. Environmental education sessions for primary schools and more - Blackdown Hills Natural Futures website
  • Bushcraft skills day: from simple beginnings to the more elaborate! 2nd July 2016, nr Okehampton 10am – 4pm. This workshop is aimed at both those new to bushcraft and those with some experience. The day aims to give you the opportunity to spend a day in a woodland camp learning new skills, discussing safety issues and ways you can embed these skills into your practice - Institute for Outdoor Learning website
  • Forest School Training Sessions - Natural Learning website

 

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  • Events/activities coming up at Burrator this month and the next - South West Lakes Trust
  • Open Farm Sunday 5th June Riverford welcomes visits by schools and nurseries and has a new school scheme called The Veg Pot where schools receive funds for parents sign up for their organic veg boxes - Open Farm Sunday 
  • Scouting for all – half term fun at Rosemoor, N Devon - Royal Horticultural Society 
  • Introduction to Habitat Diversity in the UK ‘walk & talk’ 11 June - CREST 
  • Pond dipping 2 June The stream and ponds at Trill are home to specialist mini beasts, fish, water birds and even otters - Trill Farm 
  • Totally Unplugged 7th July 2016 We would like to invite schools, businesses or families to take part in our event ‘Totally Unplugged’, will involve using as little electricity as possible or even no electricity during the day - South Molton Community Primary School 
  • NHD (Naturally Healthy Devon) Schools South Molton meeting: Maths Outdoors Mon 23rd May, 4pm – 5.30pm at North Molton School, EX36 3HL Using the outdoor environment to deliver and inspire curriculum linked maths activities for KS1 and KS2. To find out more and receive NHDSchools updates please contact North Devon and Torridge: louise@naturallearning.org.uk East Devon: ATurner@eastdevon.gov.uk
  • IOL South West Regional Conference 2016 Saturday 1st October at Noss Marine Academy, South Devon College - Institute for Outdoor Learning 
  • Changing Horizons Challenges to Outdoor Education in Europe Conference 07-10 September 2016, Salzburg, Austria - Institute of Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE)