National Education Nature Park: Pupils test activities at RHS Bridgewater

On Outdoor Classroom Day, pupils took part in an activity day at RHS Bridgewater to test activities for the National Education Nature Park.

The National Education Nature Park is a new scheme that will create a network of outdoor spaces in educational settings across England. Learning through Landscapes is leading the delivery of the early years programme, developing a range of bespoke resources, lesson plans, and activities to ensure that even the youngest children can benefit from connecting with nature during education. Carley Sefton, CEO of Learning through Landscapes, said:

Nature connection in early childhood is crucial to developing a lifelong relationship with the natural world. Children hold the future of our planet in their hands, so we must empower them to protect it by helping them build a tangible connection to nature in the early years.

We are delighted to support the National Education Nature Park through the development and delivery of the early years programme. For over 30 years, we have supported educators in delivering outstanding outdoor learning and play experiences, enabling thousands of children and young people to connect with the natural world. We are delighted to bring our experience and expertise to this project, and we look forward to helping even more children enjoy the benefits of time in nature.

We’re honoured to have received positive feedback from early years settings involved with the pilot scheme. Collette Brown, managing director at Letty’s Little Learners, said:

Our outdoor area is very important to us at Letty’s Little Learners. Our Little Weather Warriors just love to explore and learn in our outdoor learning environment. We love to upcycle and recycle, and we value the importance of the great outdoors and what it has to offer.

Learning through Landscapes enhances what we do, and we are very excited to be part of the pilot scheme for the National Education Nature Park. Our children are very excited to see what else we have in store!

Janine Maidment, manager at Jakeman Nursery School, said:

Jakeman Nursery School is committed to playing its role in reducing our environmental footprint, so we are privileged to engage with Learning through Landscapes. This project provides inner city children valuable experiences to connect with nature and gain an understanding of how we all play a part in saving our planet.

School children working on clipboards in the National Education Nature Park during an outdoor lesson about biodiversity.

The National Education Nature Park opens to settings later this year. Visit the Natural History Museum website to receive the latest updates on the programme, or sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest outdoor learning and play news and opportunities.

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