Choosing your registration type

Note that the programme is currently only for education settings in England.

Staff at a school, nursery or college

Anyone who is staff at an education setting that is registered with the Department for Education and therefore has a URN (unique reference number) can register to join the Nature Park. This includes any and all types of state and independent education settings. Multiple staff from the same setting can all join. A whole school approach to implementation of climate and nature education leads to improved outcomes for children and young people. Teachers, teaching assistants, estates managers, gardeners, senior leadership – all are welcome.

If you work at more than one education setting check to see whether any of the options below fit. If not select the setting at which you spend the most time.

Trainee Teacher or Trainee EYFS practitioner

If you are currently working towards a qualification to be a teacher or early years practitioner, whether that is at a university, college, SCITT or other initial teacher education provider, register using this option.

ITE provider

If you provide courses for trainee educators, for example as a university lecturer, select this option. If you also work in a nursery, school or college select the first option.

Home educator

If you are providing education for children or young people in your family, or to others within a network of home educators, choose this option. If you work with home education groups but are not currently home educating yourself either the charity staff or tutor options are likely to be more appropriate.

Charity staff

If you work for an organisation such as a conservation charity, an eco-education charity, campaigning organisation or other charitable professional body select this option. This is most appropriate where your organisation delivers relevant activities to education settings or supports them to engage with climate and nature as part of its mission. If you work for a charity but your work with education settings is independently as an individual rather than the work of the organisation, then the volunteer option is likely to be more appropriate.

Volunteer supporting schools nurseries or colleges

If you visit one or more education settings to support them with your expertise on a voluntary basis select this option. Whether you do this as part of corporate volunteering, as a parent, as a student, a scientist or to contribute to your local community – as long as you are not employed by an education setting and not being paid, this is the appropriate option.

Central Multi Academy Trust staff

If you work for a trust, for example in the curriculum team, trust operations or business management then select this option. It is important that staff of each setting within the trust register each site individually and complete the nature park process with the learners at that particular site rather than participation being controlled centrally – but support and endorsement from central trust staff and senior leadership will greatly aid participation.

Local Authority staff

If you work for a local authority and want to help some or all of the settings in your local authority join and participate then select this option.


If you work with one or more young people outside of a nursery, school, college or family setting to support their learning select this option. For example in holiday programmes, catch up classes, ESL support or supporting learners with complex additional needs.