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Free learning with Lessons from Nature

Pioneering schools are now logging on to www.lessonsfromnature.org to get involved in the new Lessons from Nature programme that launches in September 2012. Schools are taking advantage of the free resources and free learning opportunities available at Epping Forest Field Centre with this radical and innovative learning project.

The team behind the project has designed the learning to be a ‘game changer’ bringing inspiration to young people with real world learning activities that develop skills, creativity, critical thinking and understanding that will be needed for work in the post oil economy. The project is not about individuals feeling guilt or doing less harm and delaying a point of crisis in the modern world. Instead the learning challenges traditional assumptions about how things are made and how systems in the human world operate and enables young people to re-think the way in which the human world works to help them to shape a brighter future that meets their own aspirations.

What will the future look like? What are the models that provide hope for a bright and prosperous future?

Activities in the Lessons from Nature project explore these questions and also develop an understanding of how things work in nature. “This project reveals nature as a mentor; a source of inspiration that provides exciting insights into the way we can re-design the human world”, says Steve Bunce*, one of the projects architects. “Nature can be resilient, abundant and very effective and it exemplifies multiple benefits, works with closed loop systems and runs on current solar income. The things that have worked well in the natural world for millions of years can be a blue print for the structures, products, production systems and economies of the future”.


Students from The Skinners School modelling systems

Students from Woodford County investigating diversity

The pan European project is bringing together a wide range of educators to develop valuable new learning resources are now available to schools. It also signposts schools and learners to the excellent material and support available from leading advocates of closed loop thinking like the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
As part of the launching of the project and with support from EU funding* the Field Studies Council is offering free Learning Outside the Classroom courses for pupils aged 12 to 16 and also free teacher training.

Schools can get involved by visiting www.lessonsfromnature.org or by contacting Kathy Dobb (Kathy.ef@field-studies-council.org) on 020 8502 8500.

*1 Steve Bunce is Lessons from Nature Project Manager and Head of Epping Forest Field Centre (managed by Field Studies Council for and on behalf of the City of London Corporation, Conservators of Epping Forest)

*2 The project is funded by the European Commission, DG "Education and culture" - Lifelong Learning Programme/Comenius, is managed by FSC and involves partner organizations from Bulgaria, Holland, Latvia, Romania and Spain

 

Saturday, June 23, 2012