John Muir Trust goes large with outdoor learning

The Trust is participating in one of the largest outdoor learning projects in the UK.

The Trust is participating in one of the largest outdoor learning projects in the UK.

The Natural Connections Demonstration Project is targeting over 200 schools and between 200-500 volunteers across South West England. Its aim is to significantly increase the number of children benefitting from learning in natural environments.

The John Muir Trust is delivering training in North Somerset in March. Teachers and youth leaders are invited to find out how the John Muir Award can help take learning outside by encouraging people to enjoy, connect with, and care for wild places.

Jon Attwood from the Forest of Avon Trust is leading the North Somerset Natural Connections learning hub. He said: “The John Muir Award is a key part of supporting and recognising schools and individuals in developing unique and valuable experience in nature. It works so well because it is flexible and can meet the needs of different individuals and groups and also help deliver the curriculum.

"It is great news that the John Muir Award team are going to support our work”.

Find out how you can take part
The John Muir Award: Taking Learning Outdoors course is suitable for teachers, head teachers, classroom assistants, pupil support and youth workers, community learning staff – and all who support outdoor learning from an upper primary school level or with family learning. You don’t have to be already involved in Natural Connections to secure a place.

Venue: Clevedon School in North Somerset
Date: 26 March
Cost: £20 per person
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About Natural Connections
The Natural Connections Demonstration Project is funded by Natural England, DEFRA and English Heritage. Plymouth University is working with local schools to create Natural Connections learning hubs. Find out more about the project and view past copies of newsletters, resources, and case studies.