NEW Forest School movement launched

On July 7th the Forest School movement reached a milestone in its history in the UK.  After two years of consultation and many years talking, the new independent Forest School Association was launched.  The first Directors were duly elected, there was a healthy debate about the name of the organisation which has now been decided on, and it is the Forest School Association, there was the usual networking and a variety of workshops.  The day had a real celebratory feel to it along with a sense of ‘pulling together’.  The association will be a voice for Forest School, support practice, ensure quality training and push forward on research.  It has been welcomed by many including patron Tim Gill who said:

I am very honoured to be asked to be the patron of the first national association for those working to take forward the Forest School movement……………… For me, the potential of Forest School is built on two vital foundation stones: the intrinsic qualities of natural places, and the intrinsic motivations and learning impulses of children. If Forest School is to leave a lasting impression on the lives of the children and young people who experience it, these two need equal emphasis…………. I look forward to following and cheering on the work of the Association, and I am happy to do whatever I can to help take the organisation forward.”

Source : http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=104

Forest Schools have featured in many articles in Environmental Education journal – https://naeeuk.wordpress.com/naee-journal-and-publications/environmental-education-journal/

Compiled by Henricus Peters, Co-chair of NAEE

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Bringing Education to the Jungle

In the 1980s a handful of Bolivian street children were taken on a field trip into the Amazon Basin.  These children were blown away by what they saw – the trees, the flowers, the animals – but also by devastation from farming and illegal logging.  When they saw a spider monkey, malnourished and trapped in a cage, the children rescued the monkey.  Then they began to campaign; eventually they raised enough money to open the first sanctuary for wild animals in Bolivia.  They called it Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi, which means sun, moon and stars in Quechua, Aymara and Chiriguano Guarani, symbolising hope for unification between Bolivia’s environment and its people.  Now CIWY runs three refuges in different parts of Bolivia, rescuing exotic animals from captivity, rehabilitating and releasing where possible – where not, offering damaged creatures dignity and respect in environments as wild as possible.

I started working with CIWY in 2007 and, like countless other international volunteers, my experience (including the totally unexpected relationship I formed with a female puma) changed my life.  But CIWY not only takes in animals and raises awareness with their volunteers; they also help underprivileged young Bolivians by providing them with safe homes, educations, the chance to learn about their environment and, ultimately, the chance to make a difference on their own.  CIWY take their work out into local communities, and they are just beginning to bring the jungle into English speaking classrooms.  We have created an educational resource pack that tells the story of CIWY – how it is possible for paws, claws, boots, roots, feathers and tails to live together, in harmony.  If you are interested, please visit www.ciwy.org

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Laura Coleman, CIWY

BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN : NEW OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD FROM ‘NAEE’

Many Birmingham school children are being denied the opportunity to experience learning about their
environment due to school funding cuts. Schools report finding it increasingly difficult to find money within their budgets to take classes out to Environmental Education Centres where charges have risen recently due to cuts from local authority funding.

The National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE) is now stepping in to help schools by providing bursaries to enable these key activities to continue within the city.

A local Birmingham family, with a long history of supporting education in the area, is concerned that city children should not be deprived of the opportunity to experience a more natural environment away from the city streets. They have awarded NAEE funding from the Kenrick Trust to enable pupils from nine schools annually to visit Environmental Education Centres, covering all costs involved. These visits will give our young citizens the opportunity to learn and understand about the natural world,
leading to fostering more responsible and caring attitudes.
The Hugh Kenrick Days was launched on Monday 14th May.
Lozells Primary School and St. Paul’s School, Balsall Heath, are amongst the first to benefit from this much needed project. Lozells Primary will be visiting Bell Heath Education Centre, run
by Birmingham City Council.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION – Invitation to contribute to 100th milestone edition

NAEEUK – the National Association for Environmental Education UK – invites individuals and partners, who currently run inspired projects, to send short reports/case studies/ pictures of children/adults in action for its special edition.

 

EE100 will focus on ‘the state of environmental education’ /’education for sustainability’ in the places NAEE covers – England, Scotland, plus supporters and partners in China, United States, Pakistan, New Zealand. We aim to cover including all sectors – the Early Years/Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Further Education, Continuing Education, as well as community and youth groups.

This is a great opportunity to spread the message and tell others what you are doing; perhaps start a discussion.

Deadline is 16 April. Groups who wish to advertise, please contact us for details.

Find and follow NAEE UK

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facebook : http://www.facebook.com/NAEEUK

web : https://naeeuk.wordpress.com/

 

Managing editor, Henricus Peters

Co-op “Green Schools Revolution” week 26-30 March 2012

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Twin Pines, the international symbol for cooperatives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

16-30 March is the Co-op “Green Schools Revolution” week. Visit www.co-operative.coop/green-schools-revolution/whats-going-on/Green-Schools-Revolution-Week/ for more information.
Schools can also register at www.greenschools.coop for access to a whole range of free teaching resources.
Download the Green Schools Flyer for more information.

National Environmental Education Week is April 15-21

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), the United States’s largest environmental education event held each year the week before Earth Day, inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. EE Week connects educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students’ understanding of the environment. EE Week is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation.

*** To register to take part in EE Week , click here 

*** To download resources for EE Week, click here

‘Environmental education’ celebrates 100th milestone edition!

The summer issue of ‘EE’ will be a bumper harvest magazine! 

As the current Curriculum Review in the UK debates the very essence of what people think about environmental education and its close cousin ‘education for sustainability’ (ESD), as well as what the future of ‘EE’ is within the
curriculum – the timing of this special edition could not be better.

EE100 will focus on ‘the state of environmental education’ in the places NAEE covers – All of the UK plus supporters and partners in China, United States and Pakistan.  We aim to include all sectors – the Early
Years/Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Further Education, Continuing Education, as well as community and youth groups fostering a connectedness between children and their natural and built
environments.

We are inviting ‘you’, to contribute to will be a very special magazine.
We are well into planning for this special milestone magazine, and now
wish to ensure we include the widest possible range of ideas from you, our
members. 

We are giving away 2 FREE memberships in a draw. 

What we are looking for…

*  a very short comment (100 words maximum) or report (500-words or more) on
what is happening in your work place – what is working, what’s not…

* your favourite website and/or book about the
environment/education, children and nature, the outdoors

* if you are a member already, your favourite article or case study from a past edition of ‘EE’

When sending photographs to accompany these items, remember to gain
permission and follow NAEE’s guidelines about files explained in the e-journal.

As this is a print magazine with a potentially wide reach, partners or
groups who would like to sponsor pages, should please contact
info@naee.org.uk for more details.

The deadline for copy is Easter.

Please send queries in the first place to Henricus Peters, NAEE CoChair and Managing editor, via comment