Schools in Nature
Developing school capacity to deliver student learning in nature
Dynamic Education is committed to supporting schools in developing engaging learning experiences in nature, with students taking an active part in the process.
Schools in Nature is a programme supporting school leaders and teachers to work with students to create authentic year long experiential learning courses based in local woodlands, parks and food gardens. This will be done by developing relationships and partnerships within the school and with neighbouring institutions (such as Local Councils, Parks and Open spaces, charities, community groups, farms, allotments, employers) focused on outdoor learning for the benefit of all.
Through this 12-month program of support, participants will be part of a network of like-minded schools which take or want to take, connection to nature and community relationships seriously, sharing good practice and developing broader understanding of what can be achieved. The network will be supported through peer learning and expert input from leaders in nature based education.
During the Covid-19 crisis the value of time spent in nature has never been clearer.
This project aims to connect the potential of nature to all areas of student learning and development, in order that your students are as equipped as possible for the interconnected planetary crises they will face.
Schools in Nature is a programme of capacity building that enables schools to embed learning within natural environments. Through the connection of students and teachers to local green spaces, interconnected relationships develop as learning becomes part of a social process, as nature intended.
Creating authentic experiential learning programmes in local woodlands, parks and food gardens will help develop your students in ways that are not possible within a classroom context. This kind of education can play a part in helping our students imagine how our society might operate within the limits of the planet’s environmental boundaries.
Up to two participants per school with the endorsement of a senior leader (primary and secondary schools).
“Our greatest challenge lies in rethinking what kind of education is appropriate for a species whose standards of success threaten its ecological foundations“
~ David Orr