Introductory Earth Education Workshop – Professor Steve Van Matre


Professor Steve Van Matre – Introductory Earth Education Workshop

Rare opportunity to be taught by this hugely influential environmentalist whose life’s work has been to inspire and help others to live more harmoniously with the natural world through his writing and education programmes.

This workshop is perfect for Forest School practitioners, primary and secondary teachers and activists of all kinds, especially those interested in science, outdoor and environmental education.

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This experiential introductory-level workshop will provide you with

  • A clear understanding of the Earth Education approach
  • The skills behind creating some dynamic, magical learning adventures
  • An overview of Earth Education programmes and the support materials available

This is achieved through:

  • Developing and strengthening people’s understanding of ecological concepts.
  • Nature Connection – enhancing people’s awareness of, and feelings for, the Earth and its life.
  • Sustainability – helping people to improve their relationship with the Earth and their ability to ‘live more lightly’ on it.
  • STEAM – Tools for linking the formal and informal curriculum

What happens in an Earth Education Workshop?

The day starts at 8.30 and finishes at 5.30 with indoor and outdoor sessions, including:

  • an analysis of what makes Earth Education different from most environmental education
  • the whys, whats and ways of Earth Education
  • leadership guidelines

and a number of activities that will help your learners improve their relationship with the planet including:

  • Throwaway Planet – a classroom based motivating activity looking at waste and our effects on endangered species
  • an Earthwalk – a light refreshing walk in the natural world focusing on the senses
  • Munchline Monitors – a conceptual encounter dealing with energy flow
  • and a solitude activity.

There is also a session looking at current Earth Education programmes and materials/support available.

We hope to include all the above sessions in the time. Some rearrangements of the order may be necessary depending upon weather.

(text from Earth Education UK website)


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