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December 13th, 2016
We believe that every child should experience a National Park first hand. We know that contact with nature improves children’s ability to concentrate and their self-discipline. And yet children in the UK have less contact with nature now than at any time in the past. Research shows that playing in a natural environment improves young … Continue reading Every Child Should Experience a National Park
September 20th, 2016
This is an exciting development in digital landscape interpretation, I wonder how it could be used with school groups across the South Downs. Today, I was lucky enough to take part in a seminar with the Capability Brown Festival 2016 at Petworth House. Janet Sinclair, House and Collections Manager at Petworth House, and Tom Dommett, Senior Archaeologist … Continue reading Technology to interpret the landscape, this sounds exciting…
September 7th, 2016
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Claire and Pam, two inspiring teachers and Park Discoverers who are spending September visiting all the UK National Parks, running a marathon in each inspiring park landscape and using their experience to create a set of learning resources that will encourage teachers to take physics lessons outdoors. What … Continue reading Inspiring teachers, marathons and physics!
September 7th, 2016
We are extremely pleased to welcome a new Education Officer to the National Park, Jonathan Dean joins us with several years of teaching experience, both in and outside of the classroom. Most recently he has worked as an education officer for the New Forest National Park Authority and is looking forward to exploring the huge variety of outdoor learning … Continue reading New Education Officer with the South Downs National Park Authority
February 13th, 2015
What a busy couple of weeks, despite the chill factor there has been a lot of folks getting outside recently to follow in John Muir’s footsteps… On Saturday I spent the morning with 40 DofE Leaders in Eastbourne. I led a workshop at their group meeting where we discussed the options for using the John … Continue reading John Muir, Schools and Duke of Edinburgh Leaders…