Green Futures is an ambitious and innovative programme connecting hundreds of young people with nature conservation in the Royal Parks, gaining new skills to help combat the climate emergency.
Launching on 1st October 2021, Green Futures is a fully funded project open to only three schools for its first year.
All our students had such a fantastic time, learnt so much, and I'm so excited to see what today will open up in their outlooks, interests, and futures.
- Teacher feedback from Autumn 2021 Conservation Day
"Green Futures” offers a unique new transformational programme for KS3 and Y12 students in the Royal Parks, giving them practical skills in support of biodiversity and the climate emergency; team and leadership skills; and an increased understanding of careers in the natural heritage sector. Activities will be closely linked to the National Curriculum.
Participating schools can choose their preferred year group within KS3. We invite you to bring the whole year group each term for a day of practical conservation related activities in Hyde Park. Activities may include citizen science and practical fieldwork (e.g. soil biome research); habitat creation; coppicing and dead hedging; or work with our Ecology and Mission: Invertebrate teams.
You can also invite up to ten Year 12 students to the “Green Leaders” strand, developing a linked practical project in the park, mentoring your younger students during their visits and earning an ASDAN¹ award in the process. Any Y12 students are welcome but it will particularly suit students studying Biology and Environmental Science.
The programme follows research which suggests that longer term interventions are significantly more effective at promoting a lasting connection to nature compared to one-day field trips².
Watch a recording of our teacher webinar to find out more about this exciting new project.
Applications for 2021-22 are now closed, but we will be opening additional school places up for 2022-23. You can register your interest to be contacted when this happens, by emailing Graham Alderton at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- your name
- your role/job title
- your phone number
- school name
- a rough estimate of how many students you’d like to involve
¹Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network
²Tina Braun & Paul Dierkes (2017) Connecting students to nature – how intensity of nature experience and student age influence the success of outdoor education programs, Environmental Education Research, 23:7, 937-949, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1214866