Enabling environmental learning

ECN supports environmental education in many different ways, from generating open access data for use by students and PhD researchers to providing online learning resources.

We are keen to support learning about our changing environment. We do this in several ways:

  • Supporting PhD projects through the provision of long-term, integrated data, well-instrumented sites and expertise
  • By providing online resources for teaching
  • Opportunities for MSc students, including placements and hosting field visits
  • Undergraduate placements, based with the ECN Moor House-Upper Teesdale ECN staff at Lancaster & ECN Wytham staff at Wallingford (this programme is currently on hold)

More details on some of these activities are provided below.

Clouds and blue sky - Sam Schooler, Unsplash

Learn about weather and climate change

Our online tutorial introduces you to key concepts relating to the weather, climate and climate change
Data abstract

Explore our data

Enhance teaching about environmental change by using real, long-term datasets

Our data: A unique teaching resource

ECN's long-term environmental data are a valuable teaching resource, potentially providing students with actual environmental data for use in science, geography and maths.

Learn about ECN data

ECN undergraduate placements

ECN partner UKCEH has, until recently, offered undergraduate placements for one academic year at two of its ECN sites, Moor House-Upper Teesdale (labs and offices at Lancaster) and Wytham (labs and offices at Wallingford, near Oxford). Regrettably this initiative is currently suspended. We offered one student placement at each site. During these placements, each student was trained in and undertook environmental monitoring at the ECN sites, including associated laboratory and computer work. Students were expected to undertake a short project of interest to themselves and relevant to ECN.

Moor House-Upper Teesdale placement [Currently suspended]
Wytham placement [Currently suspended]

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Talks and activities

Although we do not have a formal programme of events and activities, some staff connected with ECN are willing to give talks to groups of children and adults. Some ECN partners also run open days and similar events. To find out more, please contact the ECN Science Liaison Officer, Andrew Sier, at the ECN Central Coordination Unit.

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More on environmental education

There are many other organisations delivering or championing environmental education, and a wide range of resources for schools. We've listed a selection other education resources & schemes here.