Learning in the South Downs

Our South Downs Network

The South Downs National Park is a special place where people work, live and play. It’s a thriving landscape that has many lessons to teach us and opportunities to enjoy it and care for it. It’s a large area with many well-placed and knowledgeable educators ready to share it’s secrets and help us understand what makes it special.

What is the Our South Downs Network?

The Our South Downs Network is run by the South Downs Education Team. It is a network of around 200 outdoor learning providers delivering a range of learning outside the classroom experiences relevant to the South Downs National Park. The Network began following consultation with providers through the Our South Downs Project.

The Network’s purpose is to:-

  • Share ideas and best practice
  • Connect people to build strong partnerships and create bespoke learning packages
  • Support personal development

The South Downs National Park Education Team leads the Network in using the opportunities and resources of the National Park. We support providers to deliver key messages; help with resources to teach about the National Park; showcase best practice and good ideas through the Learning Zone; and offer marketing opportunities through the Learning Map.

Meetings and Conference…

The network is divided into cluster groups based on geographical location within the Park.

Network meetings take place once a year; usually in the Autumn term.

The annual Our South Downs Conference takes place in Spring. It provides a chance for providers to showcase their offers through a market-place.

How to join?

Any outdoor professionals are welcome to join the Our South Downs Network. Please contact us and let us know what you do and how you would like to be supported.

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