- Paris to open school grounds as public spaces
- We Need Nature and Nature Needs Us
- The National Outdoor Learning Award (NOLA) Scheme
- Learning Away: The State of School Residential in England 2017
- Natural Connections Report
- Strategic Research Groups Round Up of Recent Research, Policy and Practice - December 2017
- Outdoor Play and Early Learning Policy Research Invitational Symposium, 24-26 October 2018, Toronto, Canada.
- Annual International Conference: Join us in Cardiff, 28-31 August 2018, Cardiff, Wales.
- The Culture, Community, Creativity Conference, 16 February 2018, Huddersfield
- Tender for Research on Environmental volunteering by young people (aged 16-24), deadline: 17 January 2018. The project is funded as part of Defra’s Natural Environment and Rural Evidence Programme and is intended to inform implementation of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. Full details are in the tender documents but this research aims to review existing evidence and undertake primary research to gain greater insight into young people’s participation in environmental volunteering and inform the best way to increase participation by this age group. You will need to register through the Defra Bravo system in order to express your interest, and to receive and send tender documents. You can do this by following this link, https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html. It only takes only a short time and is free of charge. If you have any problems with the registration process, you can contact the Bravo helpline on +44 (0) 800 368 4850 or alternatively email them at: email@example.com.
- Risky play, what are the benefits of children using real tools? - Mindstretchers
- Transforming Schoolyards, Our Most Abundant Public Spaces - Forbes article
- ‘Golden age’ of outdoor education predicted at upbeat meeting of North West Outdoor Learning Research Hub - Cumbria Crack article
Horwood Conference: The Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference, 2-3 February 2018, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
Meaningful Learning: Teach
- Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, 11 January 2018, University of Plymouth, Plymouth
- Environment Question Time 2017: Seeking sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, 9 November 2017, University of Plymouth, Plymouth
- Liquidscapes: tales and tellings of watery worlds and fluid states, 20-22 June 2018,Totnes
- Child in the City International Seminar: Children’s Play in the Urban Environment, 6-7 November 2017, London
- 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.
- Down to Earth - Sustainable Earth Institute e-bulletin: September 2017
- Naturally Healthy Devon Schools - final report
- Events at Burrator this October and up to Christmas.
- Horwood Conference, 2-3 February 2018, Queen's University, Canada.
- Little stories of nature and wellbeing, 11 November 2017, Truro
- Forest School Training Dates, Perthshire
- Countryside Warden, South West Lakes Trust
- The whys and why nots of taking primary pupils on a farm visit
- To promote science: students need exposure outside of classroom
- For children, playing is the adventure
- Children’s play is not a springboard, it is the water
- Outdoor Classroom Day
- BlueHealth is a pan-European research initiative investigating the links between environment, climate and health.
- Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas
- International School Grounds Alliance
- Natural Change distilled
- If You can’t Live in the Land You Love, Love the Land You Live in: Searching for Authenticity in a Virtual World
- Outdoor Learning Update Autumn 2017
- Poole Farm Newsletter.
- 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.
- Outdoor Learning and the Environment- What is our Role? 30 September 2017, National Trust Studland Discovery Centre.
- Creation Active Communities 2017, 21 September 2017
- Clinical Faculty-Outdoor Education, closing date: 26 November 2017, Durham.
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.
- Burrator News.
classes outside can improve test scores, wellbeing: report
Health and Social Benefits of Nature and Biodiversity Protection
- Learning from Trees - Life
Lessons for Future Generations
awesome school has been crowned one of the best in Plymouth for outdoor
- The new IOL Outdoor Learning
Research website is launched
Valuing Nature Placement Call Now Open!
- How To Get Kids To Love
- Sustainable Earth Institute e-bulletin: events, news and research calls
- 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.
- 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.
- Get into LINE! (Learning In Natural Environments)
- Exploring synergies between health, climate change mitigation and nature conservation
- Urban green spaces: a brief for action
- Urban green spaces and health: A review of evidence
- Urban Green Space Interventions and Health: A review of impacts and effectiveness
- Learning Away Summer 2017 Newsletter
- David Key: Ecopsychology Consultancy, Training & Mentoring July 2017 Newsletter
- Measuring Children"s Physical Activity: Compliance Using Skin-Taped Accelerometers
- Are children participating in a quasiexperimental education outside the classroom intervention more physically active?
- Devon County Council looking for 'sponsor' to run Okehampton's new primary school
- Planet Ark research encourages more outdoor learning for students
- Experiential-CPD Monthly Calendar July 2017
- Coach Education for Adventure Sport Performance International Conference, 11-12th January 2018
- School Workshops at Eden
- Museum University Partnerships Initiative Events
- Annual International Conference: Join us in London, Royal Geographical Society, London, 29 August-1 September 2017
- New Scientist Live, is a unique award winning STEM event in the UK
- NCCPE Engage Conference 2017: Exploring Collaboration, Bristol, 6-7 December 2017
- Cooperation invitation with OECD
- Critical Conversations: Co-producing Research with Community Researchers, University of Bristol, 22 September 2017
Exploring the role and potential of experiential learning in environmental education for enhancing wellbeing. Exeter, Deadline 28 July 2017.
- City Farm Manager & Apprentice City Farm and Animal Manager. Two jobs available in Plymouth, Deadline 21 July 2017
- HLTA - Forest School & Outdoor Learning Leader. Wembley, London, Deadline 13 July 2017
Island pupils launch innovative new QR story trail.
Nature Newsletter June 2017.
- Review opportunity for Learning Away.
- NERC UnEarthed showcase event, 17-20 November 2017
- 6th ISGA Conference: Schoolyard Diversity, 5-6 September 2017, Berlin Germany
- Sustainable Earth 2017: A global forum for connecting research with action, 29-30 June 2017, Plymouth
- 16th European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar, 28 June - 2 July 2017, Plymouth
- Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Conference 2017, 16 November 2017, Staffordshire
- Slapton Ley Research Seminar - 2nd December 2017.
- Ecopsychology Online Learning Course.
- Nature workshops (title tbc) by Jane Acton, Nature Workshops in Sustainable Earth 2017. 29-30 June 2017, Plymouth.The learning people get through our partners includes accredited and non accredited, soft skills and essential skills in forest schools, abseiling, creative skills and careers and budgeting advice and employability skills. All learners are encouraged to progress in to FE and HE with qualified support.
- LiNE Islington: CPD Training, 4 July 2017, London.
- PhD Studentship: Maximising Opportunities at Hampshire Hospitals to Support a Sustainable Health and Care System, Deadline: 4 July 2017
- 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.
- 23 June 2017, has been postponed!
- Sustainable Earth 2017: A global forum for connecting
research with action, 29-30 June 2017, Plymouth
- 16th European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education
and Experiential Learning Seminar, 28 June-2 July 2017, Plymouth
- RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017, 29 August-1 September 2017, London
- International School
Making Research Accessible
Green Space Interventions and Health: A review of impacts and effectiveness
needs students garden in hands-on learning program
learning how to build, about nature
outdoor classroom complete
‘knock up’ an outdoor learning space in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
would keep Outdoor Classroom Day going, every day?
- Wild Labs in Birmingham is go!
- Health and Wellbeing from Natural Places for Schools and Communities, 23 June 2017, University of Plymouth, Plymouth. Flier.
- 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology, 27-30 June 2018, Budapest, Hungary
- Coalition for Education in the Outdoors 2018 Call for Abstracts,
- Events at Burrator this May and June
- Cornerstone at Powderham - Summer Lecture Series, 22 May – 8 June 2017, University of Plymouth.
- Ecopsychology Online Learning Course
- The Art of Mentoring UK 2017, 23-29 July 2017, Dartmoor National Park
- Outdoor Learning Officer – Walthamstow Wetlands, closing on 5 June 2017
- Forest School Practitioner/Outdoor Learning Leader
- Poole farm newsletter
- The Wild Network newsletter
- Celebrate School Grounds in May!
- Health and Wellbeing from Natural Places for Schools and Communities, 23 June 2017, University of Plymouth
- Sustainable Earth 2017: A global forum for connecting research with action, 29-30 June 2017, Plymouth
- Balance-Unbalance 2017 “A Sense of Place”, 21-23 August 2017, Plymouth
- The 6th International Adventure Conference ‘Climates of Change: Rethinking the Outdoor Experience’, 30 January-2 February 2018, Segovia, Spain
- PhenoloGIT: Spatial Data Analysis and Mobile Learning for Schools, 31 May 2017, University of Plymouth
in Outdoor Classroom Day 2017
Growth: Spring is in full emergence
- Whispering Grass Newsletter Spring 2017
Exmoor's Otters, 22
April 2017, Hillsford Bridge , Coombe Park
Exmoor's Crayfish - the Alien Invaders, 26 April 2017, Withypool Village Car Park
Farms Network Education Alliance Conference, 30 June-1 July 2017, Cirencester
Earth 2017: A global forum for connecting research with action, 29-30 June 2017, Plymouth
- Outdoor Classroom Day, 18 May 2017
Human: A Festival of the Humanities, 17-25 November 2017
- Health and Wellbeing from Natural Places for Schools and Communities, 23 June 2017, Plymouth. Registration (£60) will be open shortly online by estore.
- The Storytelling for Outdoor Learning course, starting on 4 May 2017
- Plant ID and Foraging Feasts, 22-23 April 2017
- Birds: Ringing, Surveys and Dawn Chorus, 6-7 May 2017
- Trail-Camera Trapping, 3rd-4th June 2017
- Outdoor Learning: an untapped resource for mainstream teaching and intervention course
- 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.
- Easter Events this week at Burrator and the latest Newsletter.
Connections 2016 conference report: Implications for research and practice
Contact with Nature to Connection
Newsletter- Spring 2017
a classroom where the students’ eyes are lifted from their textbooks, as
teachers invite them to hands-on and experiential activities
2017 news bulletin from David Key
launches child friendly city toolkit
smells, sights and sounds of children in the city
the case for child friendly cities
experts urge focus on younger children’s activity
- Video of ‘Pilot Regional Research/Practice hub meeting’ from 29 March 2017
- Schoolyard Diversity, 6th ISGA Conference, Berlin, 4-6 September 2017
- Nature Connections 2017: Getting Connected to Nature, Derby, 27 June 2017
- International Play Iceland 2017, Iceland, 22-27 October 2017
school excursion to a museum can promote physical activity in children by
integrating movement into curricular activities.
Call for article
- Call for articles
for Horizons magazine
and Big Ways to Take Education Outdoors
pupils miss out on practical science lessons'
junk playground – Denmark’s eco-contribution to outdoor school education
learn about trees and more outdoors
- E-newsletter from Derriford Community Park’s Poole Farm
Earth Institute e-bulletin
Natural Change Newsletter
Diversity, 6th ISGA Conference, Berlin, 4-6 September 2017
- Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practioner award, 27-28 March 2017
- Call for special edition of Frontiers in Psychology
- Slapton Ley Research Seminar - Field Studies Journal Special Edition
- The Woodland Project
- Learning Experience Designer: ALU School of Conservation
- Executive Director ALU School of Conservation
- NCCPE Project Officer
- Senior Project Manager, NCCPE
- Opportunity for an Independent Chair
- River Barle Signal Crayfish Project Newsletter Issue 2, Autumn 2016
- Wildlife trust to set up outdoor network for Sheffield teachers
- Learning for Sustainability Newsletter, March 2017
- The Green Man Festival, 17-20 August 2017, Brecon Beacons, Wales.
- Cambridge Science Festival, 13-26 March 2017, Cambridge
Call for proposals
- Environmental Education Research: Critical Investigations of the Research-Policy Relationship in Environmental and Sustainability Education. Deadline: May 15, 2017
- 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.
- 29 March 2017 11-12.30 Cookworthy Building Room 505, University of Plymouth 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, University of Plymouth 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.
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS INFORMATION TO OTHERS THAT MAY BE INTERESTED TO ENSURE WE ARE AS INCLUSIVE AS POSSIBLE.
- Natural Environment and People evidence round up - February 2017
- The UK has one of the lowest tree cover rates in Europe - help make a difference!
- More than 7,000 students expected to complete OBS by end-2017: MOE
- 'The magic of awe and wonder never runs out at the seaside' says Beach School founder
- Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center celebrates 20 years
- New outdoor learning network for schools
- Derriford Community Park: the chance to get involved in planting the city’s largest orchard at Poole Farm and providing an introduction to the city’s newest park see attached flier
- OelRes Network presentations; examples from Belgium and Italy about learning outdoors in their countries
- Natural Change Short Course: 23-28 April 2017, Glenfeshie, Scotland
- Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2017: Cambridge, UK
- Experiential-CPD Monthly Calendar
- Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama: 29 March 2017, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester
- Burrator Monthly Events
- Nature Connections 2017, "3rd Interdisciplinary Conference: Getting Connected to Nature": 27 June 2017, University of Derby, Derby
- Putting the forestry into forest education: FEN conference: 23 March 2017, FSC Bishops Wood
- Children Learning Outside the Classroom from birth to eleven, see attached flier to have 25% discount.
- Chief Executive
- Behavioural Scientist
- Your say: What knowledge, experiences and skills should every young person have, relating to food, farming and the countryside?
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.
- Holbeton preschool's outdoor learning is loved by both children and parents
- School Gardens Are More Than a Trend
- Park Use Influences Perceived Health
- Fairtrade Fortnight resources
- Add your voice; Charter for Trees, Woods and People
- Learning Away Newsletter February 2017
- 2017 BJET Fellowship Nominations open
- TeachOut magazine
- Are children and young people really disconnected from nature?
- Devon Wildlife Trust have announced plans to build a Nature School in Okehampton which focusses on outdoor learning
- ‘Natural Change Leadership Redefined’ articles
- New Challenge Asks Teachers to Create Out-of-School Math, Science Projects
- Strategic Research Groups Round Up of Recent Research, Policy and Practice - January 2017
- LiNE Event 7 March 2017, Islington - download flier
- Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions Started: 30 January 2017
- International Play Iceland
- Rooted Forest School Training Calendar
- National Association of Pastoral Care in Education Conference 21 March 2017, Newman University, Birmingham
- Forest Education Network conference 23 March 2017, FSC Bishops Wood. Download the FEN event tweet sheet which includes some useful inks.
- The 16th European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar: 28 June-2 July 2017, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth
- Inspirational Outdoors - Outdoor Play & Learning 22 June 2017, Porthtowan
- Researching with and for Children 8-9 May 2017, Edinburgh College of Art
- Waste and Recycling Advisors
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.
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 your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
- London museum to showcase children’s play in new exhibition
- Outdoor learning ‘is not just for summer’ say East Devon rangers
- 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 email@example.com to reserve a place.
- Sustainable Earth Institute photography competition: Local focus, global challenges deadline: 31 March 2017.
- The Journal of Experiential Education: Special Issue on Experiential Learning in Higher Education Call for Papers deadline: 1 August 2017.
- Sustainable Earth 2017 Conference 29 - 30 June 2017, Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth: Call for Papers Deadline: 5 March 2017.
- The 9th World Environmental Education Congress 9 - 15 September 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
- The 16th European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar 28 June - 2 July 2017, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth.
- 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.
- 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.
- Seminar on Outdoor Learning from Norwegian scholars: 10 January 2017, 1pm-2.30pm. University of Plymouth, Plymouth. We are delighted to say that two Norwegian professors, Ingunn Fjørtoft and Kari Anne Jørgensen, will be visiting University of Plymouth 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 Passy know if you’d like to come.