The Field Studies Council (est. 1943) provides tutors and equipment for deprived children and young people to study nature when they couldn’t otherwise.

The cost-of-living crisis means more disadvantaged learners are struggling to fund the environmental education they need.  

In response, our charity awarded 33 schools grants to attend fieldwork courses; our highest ever. We also expanded our Young Darwin programme and are planning 80 scholarships in 2023 to mark our 80th year. 

And 18 months ago, we set up a ‘Youth Council’; a motivated group of young people who helped us design subsidies to remove barriers for other young people to attend outdoor education. 

The results were amazing! Over 1,000 young people received national history training from us to develop life skills and careers. Another 2,000 people starting using our wildlife identification guides during tentative steps into nature. 

But, our charity is still over-subscribed three-fold from parents, schools and young people asking for help. So we are now fundraising to help more children and young people in 2023.

If you feel able, please donate today to educate the next generation to protect nature

“Something clicked. Maybe it was Bio-Blitzing or sweep netting the long grass. I was in awe of the identification skills of the tutors… The exploration, the fresh air, the use of field guides and searching for different species.”

Child visiting FSC’s education centre 

What will my donation achieve

During a climate change and the biodiversity crisis, our charity is enabling a generation of children to experience nature first-hand to protect the environment, improve their wellbeing, and live sustainably.  

Every pound you donate helps disadvantaged children and young people who are unable to access education courses and related study guides. We employ educationalists passionate about the environment. 

This includes our popular grants so children can attend education courses at special learning locations in natural environments. This support is given on fair criteria and last several years to embed outdoor education in a school culture.

“The boys began to appreciate that knowledge, skills and learning can be accessed in the immediate environment… this raised their confidence. They saw that learning is for everyone.”   


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“The students said how much easier the exam was because they could remember the different parts of the river… because they saw it first-hand.”

Humanities leader