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Teach Earth in the field

Teach Earth

In the field

Climate change is one of the most prevalent issues of the human age; loss of habitats in the UK and round the world are increasingly threatening our global biodiversity, and population rise, intensive agriculture and waste continue to threaten freshwater and marine ecosystems.

  • Connection to nature is a critical aspect of conservation, as it symbolises relationships, emotions and attitudes to the environment.

  • In the UK, many children spend as little as 16 minutes in nature a day, with research suggesting that at least 75% of UK children spend less time outdoors than prisoners. Increasingly, children are spending more time using technology and less time outdoors – this means that an entire generation is rapidly disconnecting from nature and being deprived the opportunity to explore and learn outdoors.

  • Teach Earth in the field seeks to equip educators with the skills, confidence and resources to lead outdoor and environmental education, giving their students an opportunity to both build and maintain their connection to nature.

Teach Earth in the field is a weekend residential training programme hosted in Oxfordshire’s ancient Wytham Woods.

We provide both private teams for trainee teacher cohorts as well as public teams for teachers, teaching assistants and informal educators.

The training is led by our in-house Learning Team and Research Team, who will guide you 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. The training will be supported by opportunities for peer sharing, and a full set of robust and engaging educator resources.

Our prices and dates for 2021 are yet to be confirmed. To find out more about Teach Earth in the field, please use the inquiry form.

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WHAT TEACH EARTH IN THE FIELD OFFERS

LEARNING PROGRAMME

The Teach Earth in the field learning programme offers a range of modules, including; An introduction to outdoor & environmental education, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Sustainability, Freshwater Watch, Plastic Rivers, Naturehood, Tiny Forests, Community Changemakers & Citizen Science. Each module involves a foundation of knowledge sharing, hands-on activities you can run with your students, as well as peer learning and action planning.

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2021 TEACH EARTH - IN THE FIELD

Our Teach Earth in the field has previously been run in Oxfordshire, Ceredigion and Edinburgh. With the considerations of Covid-19, we plan to run our 2021 series of weekends in Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire from May-July. More information on locations and dates will be announced in early 2021.

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TEACH EARTH ONLINE

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Why Teach Earth matters:

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Children are spending less and less time outdoors, becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. We’re instilling in them a love of the outdoors and laying the foundations for a more sustainable future.

2

Our citizen science model lets teachers and children be part of science that is relevant and genuinely makes a difference to the planet.

3

Our approach uniquely targets hearts and minds. We show not only how science works and how it’s fun but also why it’s important for the health of the planet and our well-being.

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Teach Earth Trainee Teacher Programme

Teach Earth

Trainee Teacher Programme

  • In a poll conducted by YouGov on behalf of Oxfam in 2018, more than two-thirds of teachers polled said there should be more teaching in UK schools about climate change, while three-quarters did not feel they had received adequate training to educate students on the subject. Around 70% agreed radical change was needed to make the education system “fit for the times we live in”.

  • Teach Earth, trainee teacher programme seeks to address this challenge by building a learning programme that both compliments and enhances the initial teacher training experience. By providing learning on key environmental challenges, outdoor learning and connection to nature, we aim to create a cohort of educators who are empowerd, inspired and prepared to engage the next generation in positive action for the planet both now and in years to come.

Teach Earth – trainee teacher programme is an 18-month programme of environmental education which complements Initial Teacher Training across the country. The programme includes interactive online and in-college training sessions led by our expert Learning Team. We can also offer Teach Earth in the field residential teams and provision of in-school student workshops for your trainees.

Modules include:

  • An introduction to outdoor & environmental education
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Freshwater Watch
  • Plastic Rivers
  • Naturehood
  • Tiny Forests
  • Community Changemakers
  • Citizen Science

All modules are supported with educator resources, videos, student activities and lesson guides. To find out more about our offer, please use the inquiry form.

I would like to find out more.

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We will never sell or share your personal details for marketing purposes. We will respect your privacy; you can change how we contact you at any time. Your details will be held on Earthwatch’s secure database in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations.

How you can get involved

GETTING STARTED

First step, get in touch. Our Education Team are very happy to talk through the programme with you, to see how we can create a partnership that works for you and your trainees. Depending on funding, we can then offer a taster online learning session so you can really get to know what we are offering.

BUILDING THE PARTNERSHIP

Once the partnership has been formed, we can work with you to create a timeline for our learning programme, as well as provide supporting resources for you and your students to get you started on your Teach Earth journey. We continually seek funding both independently and in collaboration with partners to ensure our programme remains free to access.

TEACH EARTH ONLNE

New text: In January 2021 we are excited to be bringing you our brand new Earthwatch Education platform, filled with teaching guides, videos, student activities and much more, all to engage your class in key environmental challenges and to get you prepared to take the classroom outdoors. You can find out more by clicking the button below.

Read more

Why Teach Earth matters:

1

Children are spending less and less time outdoors, becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. We’re instilling in them a love of the outdoors and laying the foundations for a more sustainable future.

2

Our citizen science model lets teachers and children be part of science that is relevant and genuinely makes a difference to the planet.

3

Our approach uniquely targets hearts and minds. We show not only how science works and how it’s fun but also why it’s important for the health of the planet and our well-being.

Images: John Hunt

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Victor Beumer

Victor Beumer

Senior Research Lead
 

Biography

Dr Victor Beumer - Senior Research Lead (contractor) for Sustainable Cities (Naturehood and Climate-proof Cities) in the Science, Policy and Innovation team of Earthwatch Europe. 

Victor received a MSc degree in Vegetation & Landscape Ecology from University Utrecht (NL); and a PhD in Landscape Ecology from that same university where he investigated the effects of winter flooding on vegetation development in groundwater dependent areas. This was carried out in the light of a Dutch water safety policy and strategy: To retain, to store and to run-off (2001).

Subsequently Victor has been working for 10 years as a wetland expert at a large knowledge institute in the Netherlands where his focus gradually moved towards the concept of ecosystem services and urban surroundings. He has built up a broad experience in working together with engineers and urban planners. He has led several knowledge programmes on green infrastructure and nature-based engineering. He has initiated and chaired the working group of Green Infrastructure in the Water Europe platform, and since 2019 he is seated in their Vison Leadership team on Hybrid Grey and Green Infrastructures. In 2018 Victor started his own company to fully focus on the implementation of climate adaptation measures in cities: urban Nature-based Solutions.

Since March 2019 he is the senior research lead for the Naturehood and Climate-proof Cities programmes. For the latter he has successfully introduced the concept of Tiny Forest in the UK, a fast-growing, native, urban forest where people can get into contact with nature and unravel the supply of benefits from this forest. We have developed a citizen science monitoring programme that focuses on the supply of CO2-uptake, thermal comfort, biodiversity and flood mitigation.    

 

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