Do you have natural history expertise and a desire to inspire and engage others in your learning?

The Field Studies Council has an 80-year history of delivering high quality natural history courses across the country, and we want to up-skill and invest in new tutors to continue to inspire and engage others with the natural world.

What will the course cover?

  • Theories of teaching and learning
  • How to engage others during a course
  • Group and risk management

Who should attend?

Anybody who wishes to further develop their in-person training skills to inspire and engage others with the natural world is welcome to register. However, if you are attending with the intention of becoming a Field Studies Council tutor, please note that we ask that you can demonstrate the following: 

  • Expertise in your chosen area of biodiversity/natural history/ecology.
  • Experience in training of adults to achieve learning outcomes for their personal interest or professional development. 
  • Experience of managing groups safely in an outdoor environment (if interested in delivering courses in person). 

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This course will cover all that you need to know in order to deliver an effective and engaging in-person natural history session.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Have further developed skills to inspire, engage, and train others in your area of expertise.
  •  Have networked with other experts, connecting and learning from each another.
  • Have gained new ideas to enhance your teaching, and shared effective approaches with others.

Prior knowledge – we require anyone who becomes a Field Studies Council course tutor to complete our foundation course. This is a two hour self-led course covering the basics of tutoring with the organisation. We highly recommend that you complete this course prior to attendance on the bookable courses. You will be sent login details for this before your in-person course starts.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no accommodation with the price of this course, we will supply lunch and refreshments on the day, this is included in the course price. If we are unable to reach viable numbers for this course, we will inform you of the course cancellation 4-5 weeks prior to the course run. We would recommend when purchasing accommodation and/or travel you should take out your own insurance

Bookings will close if course capacity is reached.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

About the Tutor

The course tutors will be:

Emma Wood
Mollie Clay
Rachel Davies
Karen Van Oostrum

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect.

10:00-10:30 - Welcome and knowledge share
10:30-11:30 - Covering some basic teaching theory and evaluating examples of teaching resources
11:30-12:30 - Participants plan a mini-teach for the rest of the group
12:30-13:30 - Lunch (provided)
13:30-14:00 - Health and safety - risk assessment
14:00- 15:30 - Teaching sessions, with participants evaluating each other
15:30-16:00 - Introducing the Field Studies Council competency evaluation process
16:00-16:45 - Scenario cards for group management outdoors
16:45-17:00 - Session feedback and questions.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Lunch

The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you build your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.

The course includes:

  • Classroom learning covering the theory of the subject
  • Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
  • Clear objectives and progression
  • Lunch

You can rest assured that quality content from an expert in environmental education will be provided. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Trees for Climate Action

Field Studies Council is able to offer partially funded places on this training course thanks to the wonderful support of the Trees for Climate Action project led by Trees for Cities. This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The project will deliver inter-generational, tree-related activities for young people to build their knowledge and learn new skills from environmental professionals and experienced volunteers, mobilising young people to take positive action against climate change.

To learn more about the project, please click here.

Before You Attend

What to bring

  • Pen/pencil
  • Notebook
  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for spending time outside
  • Small bag to carry personal items

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 03, June 2024 10:00 - 17:00

    East of England
    Dr Karen Van Oostrum
  • Sun 09, June 2024 10:00 - 17:00

    This course is held at Cliffe Castle in Bradford

    Bradford (Cliffe Castle)
    Yorkshire and the Humber
    Rachel Davies
  • Sun 22, September 2024 10:00 - 17:00

    Preston Montford
    West Midlands
    Rachel Davies

Biodiversity: Train the Trainer - Online

We also offer an online Train the Trainer course

Progress Your Learning

This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, delivered by expert tutors with an approachable learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of natural history. The Field Studies Council offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

If you have any questions about our courses please check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email [email protected].