Bringing children and nature together


  • It's Our World - mass participation arts project

    We are very happy to support our partners, The John Muir Trust, with this amazing mass-participation arts project!

     It’s Our World is a mass participation arts project that aims to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork celebrating the environment, as seen through the eyes of its future custodians, aged 4–19 years.

    The purpose is to inspire children and young people to speak out for positive environmental action by creating artworks to bring their local landscape, coastline or neighbourhood to life. Participants are also encouraged to consider their environmental impact and to take the lead in living more sustainably, with online resources available from www.itisourworld.org.uk.

    It has been developed in support of The Campaign for Drawing with the active involvement of over 20 environmental, educational and arts partners. Amongst those involved are The UN World Environment Day, The Eden Project, The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Keep Britain Tidy (Eco-Schools), The John Muir Trust, Jupiter Artland, The National Society for Education in Art & Design and The Royal Photographic Society.

    Subject matter can be approached in a variety of ways including observation, outdoor learning, multiple perspectives that reflect local landmarks and neighbourhoods, critical thinking about environmental impacts and ways in which to lead more sustainable lives. Artworks can Include close up studies of natural forms, sweeping landscapes or studies of urban environments, in any medium including painting, drawing, textiles, printmaking, graphics and photography. Use of recycled and natural materials is especially encouraged in creating collages, mosaics and 3D artworks.

    The Online Gallery is now open for submissions until 20 November 2015. Uploaded artwork will be showcased on digital ad screens across the UK.

     It’s Our World can be linked across subjects to help deliver curriculum outcomes, and be a creative aspect of any outdoor activity.

    For moderation purposes PIN Codes have been issued to every school and college  in the UK to access the gallery and upload artwork. Please contact patzi@juniper-pre.co.uk if you would like a code to share your students’ work.

    "The John Muir Trust is delighted to be part of such an inspirational and ambitious project. It’s Our World is already stimulating more artwork as part of the John Muir Award. Anything that encourages a sense of place, and helps us to value and care for what’s around us, has to be worth getting involved in." Rob Bushby, John Muir Trust.


  • Become a young advisor for Scottish Natural Heritage and Young Scot!

    Our partners at SNH and YoungScot have an exciting opportunity for 15 young people across Scotland to be involved with advising SNH and Young Scot on caring for the natural environment. Please get in touch directly if you are interested!


    We are looking for 15 young people from across Scotland, aged 14-23 to be part of a new  team which will help and advise Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Young Scot on involving young people in caring for the natural environment and biodiversity. SNH is leading work towards goals to improve Scotland’s biodiversity by 2020 and want young people’s opinions and contributions on this.

    This is an opportunity to have fun, improve your skills and make a valuable contribution whilst working collaboratively with other young people and professionals.

    What will I get to do?

    You will work directly with Young Scot and SNH on a variety of activities, including:

    -      Taking part in residential trips away and workshops with the team

    -      Working with the team to promote young people’s involvement in activities which contribute to SNH’s goals to improve biodiversity

    -      Update and provide challenges to SNH and Scottish Government on progress to these goals

    -      Act as an advocate for biodiversity at a local, regional and national level

    What will I get? 

    -      Make your CV stand out

    -      Opportunity to gain accreditation including; Youth Achievement Award, Saltire Award and John Muir Award

    -      Develop transferrable skills through training and hands-on experience that is tailored to your individual needs

    -      The chance to run workshops, focus groups or consulations with young people

    -      Develop your understanding and knowledge through creative research

    -      Opportunity to question, learn from and work with industry experts

    -      Opportunity to meet new people from across Scotland

    -      Travel & accommodation costs covered

    What do I need?

    No previous knowledge or experience is required, just an eagerness to learn and the following:

    -      Enthusiasm for the environment and nature

    -      Willing to work in a team and listen to other people’s views

    -      Flexibility and willingness to travel across Scotland (travel costs paid for)

    -      Commitment to the project for minimum 12 months.

    o   This will include 4-5 residential trips and your contribution to the project online (from home)

    o   If you are worried about the commitment please don’t let this stop you from applying - we are happy to discuss it with you and can be flexible!

    So, how can I apply?

    Download the application from the attachments, fill it out and email it to snh@youngscot.org with the subject line 'SNH Application'.

    Alternatively, you can post your completed from to:

    Ettie Shattock
    SNH Partnership Officer
    Young Scot
    Rosebery House
    9 Haymarket Terrace
    EH12 5EZ

    The deadline for applications is Friday 14th August 2015 at 12pm.

    Need more info?

    For more information on this post and the requirements, or if you're having trouble downloading the application form, please call the free Young Scot InfoLine on 0808 801 0338

  • The RSPB’s Education Enewsletter - and free resources!

    The RSPB offers an enewsletter for teachers, educators and anyone else that works in an educational capacity with children. It is broadcast three times a year – termly - and contains information about activities and projects that you, your class and your school can get involved in. It also signposts you to new resources created by the RSPB to support your teaching and your children’s discovery of nature.

    Furthermore, when you register for the enewsletter and provide us with your address, we will send you a free copy of our booklet ‘Discover Wildlife at School’, a free copy of our awards scheme booklet ‘Wildlife Action Awards’ and a poster for your classroom.

    Simply email education@rspb.org.uk, provide your name and address and your free resources will be sent out you. The next RSPB Education Enewsletter will be broadcast in September 2015.



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