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).

Tutor: Dr Karen Van Oostrum

Karen has a love of plants and the environment, and enjoys sharing this with others, through courses and guided walks. A Biology graduate of Oxford University with a Ph. D. in wheat genetics, Karen was Head of Education at Cambridge University Botanic Garden from 2006 – 2012 and has worked with people of many ages from diverse backgrounds. Self-employed since 2013, Karen writes and delivers introductory courses in Botany, hosts school visits at her local Field Studies Council Centre, and supports the teaching of plant science in Primary Schools through INSET and pupil workshops. Karen volunteers with her local environment group in the Chilterns, leading guided walks and overseeing work parties.

Tutor: Mollie Clay

Mollie is a biodiversity learning development officer based in Cornwall. Her previous experience involves working as an educator in schools and for organisations such as the RSPB and Earthwatch. Mollie enjoys supporting learners to engage with nature and the environment and much of her time focuses on supporting young people and individuals from marginalised groups to participate in natural history studies.