Teacher training

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Explore: Urban Nature challenges young people across the country to track and monitor the nature closest to home, become the local experts, help us collect new data, and take action through science to make a real difference.

To support you in taking your students outdoors to investigate the nature closest to home, we have teamed up with STEM Learning to provide a free teacher CPD course where you will learn about the latest urban nature scientific research developments, practice field skills, and design an action plan to confidently run an outdoor investigation with your students on or near your school site.

The course is linked to secondary curricula in the UK but supports students' scientific skill building at both primary and secondary level by exploring practical approaches that can be applied in a range of outdoor contexts with students of different ages.

With contributions from outdoor teaching experts Learning through Landscapes, climate science and communication specialists at the Grantham Institute, and scientists and museum education experts from across the U.K., we aim to provide participating teachers with the latest research alongside take-home activities and equipment to put it into practice.

With cohorts across the country this is a truly national programme, but in-person sessions and local community forums allow connections to other teachers and museum staff in your area. The course includes live online, in-person and self-paced modules, and those completing the action plan will receive a course certificate.

Important course dates

  • The course begins on  8 February at 4-5pm with a live virtual introduction to some of the latest research from NHM scientists.
  • Regional virtual sessions w/b 28 February let you connect with your local museum and teachers in your area.
  • Field study days run at museums across the country will be held w/b March 7 to practice ecological sampling and investigate human impacts on the environment with approaches you can take back to your students.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the programme, you can email us at: ExploreUrbanNature@nhm.ac.uk


We thank all funders to the Urban Nature Project campaign so far, including those who wish to remain anonymous, for their generous support. We recognise the following funders for their exceptional contributions to the campaign:

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