Ep 47- Art Workshops and meaningful work kids want to take home

Interview with Educator and Artist Charlotte about her experiences facilitating social painting events with PopUp Painting, and helping people take pride in their work. Then ideas for how environmental educators can adjust what we have kids do so that the experiences are more meaningful, and kids actually want to take home the paper we give … Continue reading Ep 47- Art Workshops and meaningful work kids want to take home

Ep 45 – Film Club – Arrival

When gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. Linguist Louise Banks is approached to lead a team attempting to find a way to communicate with  extraterrestrial visitors. Pressure mounts as nations teeter on the verge of a global arms crisis which could be set off by a simple misunderstanding. You may want to … Continue reading Ep 45 – Film Club – Arrival

Ep 44 – Pond dipping and night-time nature at London Wetland Centre

Interview with Paul, Learning manager at the London Wetland Centre (LWC). A site maintained by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). We discuss the ever popular pond dipping sessions, how they’re structured and the resources provided to support students. Paul also shares his thoughts on the wonders of exploring nature at night. Find out more … Continue reading Ep 44 – Pond dipping and night-time nature at London Wetland Centre

Ep 43 – Part 2 – Peppered moths: Example of evolution and science at work

Part 2: Primer on a resource on the peppered moth and evolution, using digitized specimens from the collections of the Natural History Museum. The story of the peppered moth is a great illustration of evolution by natural selection. And the study of the phenomenon now called industrial melanism is also a great example of how … Continue reading Ep 43 – Part 2 – Peppered moths: Example of evolution and science at work

Ep 43 – Enviro Ed research news; moth evolution resource

Part 1: Discussion on a report from Learning Through Landscapes about the results of a pilot project involving 47 UK schools and 1000+ students. Learning through Landscapes: https://www.ltl.org.uk/ My School, My Planet – full report My School, My Planet – summary report This is a report on the results of a pilot project. Most of … Continue reading Ep 43 – Enviro Ed research news; moth evolution resource

Ep 42 – EcoActive and forest school sessions

Interview with environmental educator Catia about her work with EcoActive. EcoActive is a charity based in East London which runs workshops with schools and community groups. Their work with schools is usually long-term projects which focus on developing connections with nature or empowering students to take action on environmental issues. Projects usually begin with a … Continue reading Ep 42 – EcoActive and forest school sessions

Ep 40 – Activities for early years

Interview with freelance educator Gini Trower about her work with afterschool clubs and nursery groups. She shares her experience getting started as a freelance environmental educator and talks us through a few of her favourite activities. Find out more about Gini Website – https://www.thewalledgardenherts.com/ Facebook – The Walled Garden – Stanstead Abbotts email – ginitrower@btinternet.comContinue reading Ep 40 – Activities for early years

Ep 38 – Ocean school

Interview with Lucija, Science producer at Ocean School. https://oceanschool.nfb.ca/ Contact Lucija: Lucija.prelovec@dal.ca Ocean School aims to provide learners, the next generation of ocean citizens, with the knowledge and tools to understand our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us. They produce educational experiences which use powerful storytelling techniques, immersive technologies and interactive … Continue reading Ep 38 – Ocean school

Ep 37 – Decolonizing environmental education

How does environmental education reproduce colonial structures and mindsets? Environmental education is often done from a western scientific perspective Concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services take the relationship between the natural world and people and encodes it within a capitalist system of values. In theory, these concepts could push economic and political systems to … Continue reading Ep 37 – Decolonizing environmental education

Ep 36 – Journal Club – Ways of Knowing

Exploration of similarities and differences among Eurocentric sciences, Indigenous, and Neo-indigenous ways of knowing, to hopefully offer insights to science educators. Better understanding of these ways of knowing could help build bridges between our knowledge systems and other ways of knowing. Article Discussed Aikenhead, G.S., Ogawa, M. (2007). Indigenous knowledge and science revisited. Cultural Studies … Continue reading Ep 36 – Journal Club – Ways of Knowing

Ep 32 – Game-based education with Minecraft

An interview with Sarah Elliott, teacher at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), about using Minecraft for remote engagement with students. Overview of how the ROM is using minecraft Minecraft and Museums together at the ROM – ROM blog post Why Minecraft? Began when museums were beginning to look at virtual visits. Initially these were essentially … Continue reading Ep 32 – Game-based education with Minecraft

Ep 31 – Journal club – Arts in environmental education

Framing paper Holzer, M., & Keller, L. (2020). WHY SCIENCE IS NOT A RECIPE: Expanding Habits of Mind through Art. In Henseler C. (Ed.), Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming America (pp. 281-298). Lever Press. doi:10.3998/mpub.11649046.20 “We have identified ways to begin teaching habits of mind through which students realize that they need not … Continue reading Ep 31 – Journal club – Arts in environmental education

Ep 27 – Journal Club – Uncertainty and the nature of science

Discussion about challenges of teaching science. The discussion is framed by a paper by Rabinovich and Morton (2012) which looked at participants beliefs about the nature of science and how it impacts their response to varying degrees on uncertainty in science communication. Framing paper Rabinovich, Anna & Morton, Thomas. (2012). Unquestioned Answers or Unanswered Questions: … Continue reading Ep 27 – Journal Club – Uncertainty and the nature of science

Ep 22- Making the most of ponds

Ponds have huge environmental and wildlife value. They are also an excellent way to have encounters with wildlife. Tips for building a pond Size is not critical for wildlife pond, but bigger is better Larger ponds are more stable. Changes in temperature, oxygen etc. will happen more gradually. More places for wildlife to hide. Depth … Continue reading Ep 22- Making the most of ponds

Ep 19 – Video games and enviro-ed

How games can support engagement with nature Can allow introduction to new places and creatures in a ‘safe’ environment. This can help build a sense of familiarity and reduce worry about wild spaces and animals. Can allow increased ‘access’ to remote or dangerous places, and allow encounters with rare animals. Potential pitfalls Oversimplification leading to … Continue reading Ep 19 – Video games and enviro-ed

Episode 15 – Education indoors and out

This episode looks at the benefits and challenges for environmental education in classrooms and outdoors. We discuss strategies for dealing with these challenges and thinking about topics which are better tackled in particular settings. Apologies for the audio strangeness in this episode! This episode features environmental educators Maggie and Paul. Challenges of teaching about nature  … Continue reading Episode 15 – Education indoors and out

Episode 14 – Nature photography

This episode we are joined by environmental educators Maggie and Paul to talk about photography. We share tips and experiences using cameras and Paul and Maggie tell us about their off the beaten track photography hobbies: astrophotography and cyanotyping. Photography kit tips Bridge cameras – In between a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera and a … Continue reading Episode 14 – Nature photography

Episode 13 – Nature books

This episode we feature a few of our favourite nature/natural history books. Books for grownups Last child in the woods – Richard Louv (2005) A classic of environmental education. Argues for the importance of having access and exposure to the natural world. Coined the term ‘nature deficit disorder’ to describe the impact loss of this … Continue reading Episode 13 – Nature books

Episode 11 – Spiders at home

This episode we continue the invertebrate theme but focusing on spiders. Spiders are invertebrates belonging to the class of Arachnida, which are characterised by having 8 legs. Some arachnids will have other modified body parts which look like arms/legs, such as scorpions which have mouthparts modified to become pincers. Spiders are a group within the … Continue reading Episode 11 – Spiders at home

Episode 9 – Birds from home

Engaging with nature can be difficult because it often involves working on very different scales than we are used to. Things can be too small to see, too big to get our heads around, take too long, or happen too quickly.  Getting into birds can be really difficult to get into, particularly when used as … Continue reading Episode 9 – Birds from home

Episode 8 – Nature in films

In this episode we explore how nature is depicted in films and share ideas for using film to explore themes in ecology and conservation. As more people move to urban areas, and our lives get more technology focused, our experiences of nature increasingly come from media sources rather than first-hand experience. Research from marketing and … Continue reading Episode 8 – Nature in films

Episode 7 – 2019 Nature news

Space News Astronomers take first photo of a black hole. Animal news Deer seen for first time in 30 years Nene no longer listed as endangered by us fish and wildlife service, now just threatened Researchers show that rats enjoy playing hide and seek. Emerging issues EPA moving to approve human antibiotics to combat citrus … Continue reading Episode 7 – 2019 Nature news

Episode 6 – Mammal gallery tour – part 2

Another tour through the Mammal hall at the Natural History Museum in London. This tour focuses on some of the weird and wonderful mammal orders and their reproductive strategies. We end with considerations for designing a tour for a general audience. Intro/Outro music: Selfish by Derek Clegg licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States … Continue reading Episode 6 – Mammal gallery tour – part 2

Episode 5 – Mammal gallery tour – part 1

A tour through the Mammal hall at the Natural History Museum in London. This tour focuses on teeth and diets. We end with some thoughts on how to structure a tour for children and family audiences. Intro/Outro music: Selfish by Derek Clegg licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

Episode 4 – Frogs!

All about frogs! With ideas for engaging with amphibians, including tips for raising tadpoles and issues to consider if you want to keep them as pets. Intro/Outro music: Selfish by Derek Clegg licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

Episode 3- The rubbish episode

Pollution and garbage. Why they’re problems and ideas for engaging with the issue. Intro/Outro music: Selfish by Derek Clegg licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

Episode 1 – Getting started

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/abcxqv/Knowing_Nature_-_episode_1_mixdown.mp3 Welcome to the Knowing Nature. A podcast exploring and engaging with the natural world. To start we introduce ourselves and discuss experiences which influenced our attitudes towards nature. We also discuss the importance of adults demonstrating that it is fun and interesting to spend time in nature. Rounding off we share some suggestions for … Continue reading Episode 1 – Getting started