This is a difficult time for everyone and perhaps a reminder of the fragility of the ecosystem in which we live. Here at FSC, we are usually gearing up for our busiest time of year when our centres are full of people experiencing and exploring the natural world.
I’d like to thank our many customers who have taken the time to send in messages of support for FSC and for our staff. We have all been greatly encouraged by your determination to be back with us as soon possible. We are now working on how to make our FSC centres ‘Covid Secure’ for staff and visitors in the light of new guidelines. In the meantime, we continue to find ways to inspire you all to be curious, knowledgeable, passionate and caring about our environment.
We are building up our online content. For school aged learners, we are launching a series of free, online fieldwork sessions – #fieldworklive – in geography and science delivered through YouTube from Monday 20th April. Other online courses and are being developed.
With most of us spending more time at home or limited time in our very local environment, FSC provides ideas suitable for all ages on how to connect to the nature that lives in our gardens or even in a window box. Our guides and fold out charts can help you and your families explore the worlds of mini beasts that live right under our noses or help those self-isolating to identify the birds or butterflies that visit the garden. Do keep checking this page as it will be regularly updated.
I look forward to welcoming you back to an FSC centre in the future. In the meantime be safe, and we all wish each of you good health.
Mark Castle – FSC CEO
We have created some simple activities which children can do at home, to help them learn while also having fun.
Choose your activity!
- Scavenger Hunt – Find a range of items in your garden or local walk. What will you collect?
- Weather – Create your own weather diary and make a note on the changing weather that is happening. Spring is an exciting season which can see anything from snow to sunbathing weather. What will spring 2020 be like?
- Maps – Enjoy focusing on a different sense by listening to and mapping the many sounds around you.
We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Encounter Edu to deliver #fieldworklive.
At this challenging time we want to support pupils, parents, teachers and schools as much as we can which is why we will be providing interactive and immersive fieldwork opportunities.
#Fieldworklive is a fortnight of free live lessons which will take place from Monday 20th April – Friday 1st May 2020, focussing on a range of Geography and Science content aimed at Primary (Ages 7-11), KS3 (Ages 11-14), GCSE (Ages 14-16), Progress GCSE to A Level (Ages 16-18).
We have a collection of FSC publications which are sutiable to use in the garden so that you can still spend some time in the fresh air.
From spiders, bees and garden birds, there is plenty to watch out for in your own outdoor spaces and gardens. Take this time to learn about and identify what comes to visit you!
During this time, spending time in your garden (if you’re lucky enough to have one) will improve your wellbeing and provide you with that fresh air you’ll be longing for.
We have come up with a list of activities to keep you busy in your garden from growing plants and vegetables to creating a new habitat in your garden which will entice new wildlife in to your outdoor space.