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Fun and games at St Mary’s – Part two

Fun and games at St Mary's - Part two

As promised, here is part 2 of what I’ve been up to with the primary 5 class at St Mary’s primary school in Coatbridge… Session 5 – Fact files, presentations and bug house diaries I had hoped the planters would … Continue reading

Outdoor Learning Directory – a new online resource to support Outdoor Learning!

Outdoor Learning Directory – a new online resource to support Outdoor Learning!

We know lots of you are involved in a range of Citizen Science, outdoor play and other outdoor learning activities.  We therefore wanted to let you know about a great resource – the Outdoor Learning Directory… The Outdoor Learning Directory  aims … Continue reading

Underwater Habitat Creation

Underwater Habitat Creation

… a “Splash” Course! Natural Networks is all about collaborating! In my placement I have been getting involved with other groups and organisations to contribute to a network of natural conservation on a landscape scale. A little while ago I … Continue reading

Creating a Numeracy Garden for Auchenlodment Primary School

Creating a Numeracy Garden for Auchenlodment Primary School

When the Glasgow Mid Week Group was asked to create a Numeracy Garden at Auchenlodment Primary School in Johnstone, I had no idea about the scale of what we were actually taking on! We were scheduled to do 8 work … Continue reading

Pope Francis, orchards and community wellbeing

Pope Francis, orchards and community wellbeing

On 18th June, whilst I was out exploring an overgrown orchard somewhere in the depths of The National Forest, Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’ in Rome with thousands of supporters for company.  I found myself wondering where … Continue reading

Summer Spoil

Summer Spoil

It’s time once again to update you all on my activities and findings in the past 4 weeks. As per usual, fieldwork has been of principal focus this month and I’m loving every single second of it! Every single day I … Continue reading

The End of the Beginning

The End of the Beginning

“Every new beginning comes from some some other beginning’s end” – Seneca (or Semisonic…depending on whether you prefer a roman philosopher or an alternative rock band) When I started this traineeship back in January I had absolutely no idea where it would take … Continue reading

Benefits of gardening for older people

Great article about the benefits of gardening for older people – as well as everyone else!. http://www.saga.co.uk/health/fitness/gardening-for-health.aspx Do you want to come along and meet us, grow your own food and feel better while doing it? Come along to our … Continue reading