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Teach Earth in the Field – Our teacher training weekends are back!

Our Learning & Engagement Coordinator, Hanna Mroczka, reflects on an inspiring Teach Earth weekend in Oxfordshire. Teach Earth: In the Field is a teacher training programme as part of Earthwatch Europe's educational work that guides teachers through a series of hands-on modules exploring key environmental challenges, a selection of citizen science projects and creative ways to enhance the outdoor learning experience. 

Our team just came back from a successful delivery of our first Teach Earth: In the Field since the summer before the Covid-19 pandemic started, and we could not be happier with the results!



An inspiring learning environment

Teach Earth ITF is a weekend residential training programme organised and hosted by very our own Next Generation team several times a year during the spring and summer months. It combines a full set of learning modules on all things outdoor and environmental education, providing opportunities for peer sharing and ready to take home / take school actions that are embedded in formal primary and secondary education curricula across the UK. Most importantly, it takes place in an inspiring natural environment – Oxfordshire’s ancient Wytham Woods – which allows incredible ideas flow freely and invites openness and understanding. 



Making environmental education training more accessible

It is free to trainee teachers and this year, we also had a chance to offer it for free to more experienced educators who, we have no doubt, are going to go on to become the change makers we need in schools across the UK. We were also lucky to have had a truly intergenerational discussion, having been joined by three inspiring interns from Jersey who are in their second year of sustainability-related degrees.

It was a fantastic weekend, but we will say no more and leave it to the participants to share their impressions.



Feedback from Teach Earth participants  

"Thank you for an amazing weekend. It surpassed all my expectations It's great we can all stay in touch and share our learning here."

"This weekend has been life-changing for me. All the emotions I have inside, I have been able to do something with. I feel really empowered that I can make a positive impact, and my students and colleagues can, too."

"Thank you so much to the Earthwatch team for such an inspirational weekend. I've taken away so much knowledge, understanding and many great memories!"

"Such a joy to be with [the participants] and so inspirational. I feel like I might be able to make a change and encourage my school to adopt a less superficial approach to sustainability and that is all down to you all." 

If you are interested in our Teach Earth programme, there is more information on our website. Discover our free educational resources and join the Earthwatch Education Community online. For any questions and queries, please get in touch with our Education Team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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