Boosting nature in education

Nature is in trouble, and we know that young people and educators want to act and make a difference for the planet

Nature at the heart of education

The National Education Nature Park and Climate Action Awards empower children and young people to make a positive difference to both their own and nature’s future.

These free programmes provide educators with the resources, support and guidance needed to put nature at the heart of education. Embedding nature across everyday teaching and learning will give every child and young person in England the opportunity to develop a meaningful connection to nature, contribute to nature recovery across the country and build resilience for a changing world.

The National Education Nature Park programme launched in autumn 2023 and continues to expand and evolve. More resources, training and support will come online as the programme develops over the next academic year and beyond.

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The National Education Nature Park

A growing network of nurseries, schools and colleges working together for nature. Register to join and add your site to the map.

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Programme benefits

  • Supports the curriculum with free, high quality teaching and learning resources
  • Upskills and builds educator confidence
  • Contributes to nature recovery
  • Improves wellbeing
  • Adds to real scientific research
  • Supports Climate Action Plans

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Hidden Nature Challenge

Get a taste of what the National Education Nature Park is all about by taking your class outside and following the prompts to discover the hidden nature on your site in this quick activity. From discovering a plant growing in an unexpected place to finding a repeating pattern in nature, upload your findings to our online map.

 

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Partners for nature

The programme is being developed by a partnership led by the Natural History Museum with the Royal Horticultural Society and Royal Society, supported by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Manchester Metropolitan University, Learning Through Landscapes, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the National Biodiversity Network Trust. The partnership is working with geospatial partner Esri UK who are providing the digital mapping platform for the programme.

Collectively we are the UK’s leading institutions within our fields, with world-class expertise across schools and Higher Education, science research, and public engagement with nature. Responding to the urgency of the planetary emergency and the Department for Education's Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way we teach climate education and support young people to act and increase biodiversity across England. 

Commissioned by the Department for Education

Sustainability and climate change strategy

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