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Tiny Forest & science education: how children benefit from learning outdoors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became evident to many people what researchers have studied for years: contact with nature is vital to our mental and physical wellbeing. But what about the role of nature in child development? Is outdoor learning beneficial for school children? Can taking a science class outside improve pupils’ academic performance?

We discuss the research that shows the positive impact learning outdoors can have on children. We also share advice for educators keen to take learning outside, ensuring their students can benefit from nature. 

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Hear from our Earthwatch Learning associates: Alex Base

Earthwatch Learning is Earthwatch Europe’s initiative working with business partners to provide transformational learning for their employees, grounded in immersive experiences and dynamic learning techniques.

The programme is delivered with support from our Earthwatch Learning associates. Alex Base is one of these associates. He is the founder of Innernature, which focuses on leadership, sustainability, coaching and consultancy. He is the Head Tutor of Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Alex is also an associate of Motive, an organisation purpose and sustainability consultancy.

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Hear from our Earthwatch Learning associates: Abi Jermain

We have set up our Earthwatch Learning programme so we can work effectively with business partners by offering a unique learning approach. It is about creating immersive experiences and transformational learning techniques that are grounded in nature and science. Our programmes have been crafted by our experienced learning team and learning associates.

Abi Jermain is a key member of that team as our Senior Corporate Learning Manager. She is an experiential learning designer who is skilled at bringing complex ideas and principles to life as accessible stories and activities.

Here she shares her role and her thoughts on the Earthwatch Learning programme with us.

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Hear from our Earthwatch Learning associates: Dr Jacqui Eales

Our Earthwatch Learning programme works with business partners to design and deliver a transformational learning approach. It is grounded in immersive experiences and dynamic learning techniques that draw on both science and nature. Our programmes have been crafted by our experienced learning team and learning associates.

Dr Jacqui Eales, Associate Environmental Educator and Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, is one of our associates who contributed to our unique learning approach. Jacqui has 20 years of experience as an environmental research scientist in universities, businesses and NGOs, working and lecturing on diverse topics. These include species genetics, forest management, marine conservation, tropical ecology and human-environment interactions.

For our first blog in this profile series, Jacqui tells us about her contribution and her thoughts on the Earthwatch Learning programme.

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