Environmental Education and outdoor education in non-formal settings

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Environmental education (EE) connects us to the world around us, teaching us about both natural and built environments, raising awareness on issues that impact the environment upon which we all depend, as well as actions we can take to improve and sustain it. Environmental Education has many benefits for youth, educators, schools, and communities:
1. Imagination and enthusiasm are heightened through outdoor, hands-on, interactive learning that sparks the imagination and unlocks creativity.
2. Learning transcends the classroom, since not only does Environmental Education offers opportunities for experiential learning outside of the classroom, but it enables students to make connections and apply their learning in the real world through seeing the interconnectedness of social, ecological, economic, cultural, and political issues.
3. Critical and creative thinking skills are enhanced through encouraging students to research and investigate how and why things happen, and make their own decisions about complex environmental issues. In this way, a new generation is formed of informed consumers, workers, as well as policy or decision makers.
4. Tolerance and understanding are supported through the investigation of varying sides of issues related to culture, diversity and beliefs, in order to understand the full picture.
5. The interdisciplinary character of Environmental Education allows teachers to integrate science, math, language arts, history, and more into one rich lesson or activity, and still satisfy the academic aims in all subject areas.
6. By exposing students to nature and allowing them to learn and play outside, Environmental Education fosters sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for the environment. It combats “nature deficit disorder” … and it’s FUN!
7. Healthy lifestyles are encouraged through active learning in natural settings, and helps students address some of the health issues we are seeing in children today, such as obesity, attention deficit disorders, and depression. Good nutrition is often emphasized through Environmental Education and stress is reduced due to increased time spent in nature.
8. Communities are strengthened, since Environmental Education promotes a sense of place and connection through community involvement (community experts, donors, volunteers, and local facilities) to help bring the community together to understand and address environmental issues impacting their neighborhood.
9. Responsible action is taken to better the environment because Environmental Education helps students understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment, builds knowledge and skills necessary to address complex environmental issues, as well as ways we can take action to keep our environment healthy and sustainable for the future.
10. Students and teachers are empowered through active learning, citizenship, and student leadership. It empowers youth to share their voice and make a difference at their school and in their communities. EE helps teachers build their own environmental knowledge and teaching skills.
This course is addressed to teachers of any specialization, anyone who would like to enrich their repertoire of teaching techniques and ideas in Environmental Education in outdoor settings and anyone interested in studying the science behind natural and man-made places of interest (e.g. National Parks, museums, eco-farms, city historic centres, archaeological sites, nature trails, botanic gardens). The course will be based in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. In order to conduct the practical modules, there will be visits to a traditional village, to the Troodos mountain range and to Cape Gkreko, which is located in the South-Eastern coast of the island (by the sea).
Indicative Training Program (Day by Day):
Day 1:
- Welcome addressed to the participants by management
- Course outline
- Ice-breaking activities
- Understanding of the historical development of environmental education and the emergence of education for sustainable development,
- Deep insight into contemporary research and professional work in the fields of outdoor education and environmental and sustainability education,
- Sharing of environmental education practices used in different countries/educational organizations
Day 2:
- Use of non-formal education and outdoor settings to promote Environmental Education, such as fieldwork activities at a traditional village of Cyprus (Study of Cultural Environment) or at the Environmental Education Centre of Cape Gkreko (Study of Seaside Environment)
- Enhancement of personal and social development for sustainable living
- Integration of history, environment and culture using non-formal education
- Experience of the challenges and impact of using outdoor settings in the teaching
- Development of skills to use the natural and cultural landscape as a resource in one owns profession

Day 3:
- Exploration of a range of thematic approaches to environmental education
- Participation in experiential environmental education activities in a bio-farm and a forest ecosystem or a river ecosystem (winter)
- Understanding how local production- consumption models can be fostered through environmental education
- Understanding the role of experiential learning in the context of environmental education
Day 4:
- Understanding the relationship between art and environment
- Appreciation of the value of taking art teaching in nature settings
- Experiencing learning by doing through first-hand and sensory activities in the forest ecosystem of Troodos Mountain Range
- Experiencing various instructional approaches connecting to art and Environmental Education and the impact of such approaches in education
Day 5:
- Final activities
- Evaluation of the course
- Diploma awarding
NOTE: Program may be subject to change!

Course organiser
STANDOutEdu
Location
Nicosia, Cyprus


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Kurs był skierowany do nauczycieli i szkolił uczestników w prowadzeniu zajęć z wykorzystaniem infrastruktury zewnętrznej, przyrody. Zajęcia były ciekawe, urozmaicone a prowadzący zarażali energią i pozytywnym nastawieniem. Zadania realizowane były poza budynkiem organizacji, często odbywały się w ciekawych miejscach, wartych uwagi i odnalezienia podobnych w swojej okolicy. Oceniam kurs oraz instytucję organizującą bardzo dobrze.

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To był wspaniały czas, z kursu wyniosłam ogrom wiedzy, który przekazuję w swojej szkole już od pierwszego dnia po powrocie. Wszystko zarówno organizatorzy jak i trenerzy spełniało moje wszelkie oczekiwania i zostało wykonane na najwyższym poziomie. Podczas kursu poznaliśmy wiele różnych zajęć aktywizujących, które z łatwością mogę wprowadzić do swojego środowiska. Większość zajęć odbywaliśmy na dworze i w formie praktyki, co zdecydowanie ułatwiło nam zapamiętanie wszelkich treści.

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The course I participated in met my expectations, the organization of the course was very good, the leader was excellent at conducting daily activities that were meaningful and without idleness. Communication with the organizers before and during the course was very good.

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Activités extérieures dans différents milieux : forêt, plage ou montagne. Activités de découverte du milieu naturel et de sensibilisation à l'environnement. Malheureusement la formation s'est résumée à une séries d'activités variées n'utilisant pas toujours le milieu dans lequel nous étions et sans objectifs pédagogiques et/ou didactique clairement définis. De plus il aurait été intéressant d'avoir un temps de discussion à la fin de chaque journée. La partie théorique inscrite en début de programme était absente également. De plus, les activités sont plus adaptées au niveau primaire.

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Activités extérieure dans différents milieux (parc, forêt et bord de rivière, milieu montagnard, littoral et plage...) + activités d'éducation à l'environnement. Ces activités (plus adaptées au niveau primaire) ont pour objectif la découverte de l'environnement local. Mais les objectifs pédagogiques et leur exploitation ne sont pas toujours précisément développés: cette partie théorique est à compléter soi-même (les séances étaient denses et très variées et il n'y avait plus de temps pour une discussion en fin de journée. Cependant, une partie théorique est explicitée dans la présentation de la formation, c'est à chaque participant de faire le lien avec chaque activité (et de projeter leur exploitation dans chaque établissement).

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Participation à des activités extérieures d'éducation à l'environnement réalisées dans différents milieux naturels (forêt, rivière, plage, montagne, ferme). Les activités étaient nombreuses et variées mais pas toujours en adéquation avec le milieu environnant ni avec le programme affiché et sans objectifs pédagogiques précis. Elles étaient en outre plutôt destinées à un jeune public. L'analyse théorique de ces activités est à réaliser soi même.

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Pohađala sam tečaj: Environmental Education and outdoor education in non-formal settings. Tečaj je bio odlično strukturiran i organiziran s raznolikim sadržajima i aktivnostima. Sam otok Cipar obiluje lokalitetima koji su vrlo poticajni i iskoristivi za neformalne oblike učenja o okolišu, zaštiti okoliša i održivom razvoju. Vrlo korisnim vidom edukacije smatram: rad na terenu, različite radionice i aktivnosti te rad u maloj skupini koji pridonosi boljoj interakciji među sudionicima.Također, istaknula bih entuzijazam i profesionalnost voditeljice tečaja koja je predanošću tečaj učinila dinamičnim. Iako su ponuđene aktivnosti osobito primjenjive u nastavi prirodne skupine predmeta, njihova provedba uz određene modifikacije (različite igre upoznavanja - Ledolomac) moguća je u gotovo svim područjima obrazovanja.

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The course Environmental and Outdoor Education located in Nicosia, Cyprus is a well-suited location for an outdoor learning course. The surroundings offer a variety of beautiful landscapes where to organize activities that can fit several school subjects. The course was international and was led and taught with professionalism, competence and enthusiasm, which made the experience very positive. Although it may be slightly more suitable for primary and pre-primary school teachers, many activities can be adapted for older students as well.

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The course located in Cyprus is a well-suited location for an outdoor learning course based on environmental education. The beautiful landscapes of the area offer the possibility to organize activities related to different school subjects, expecially Science. The trainer led the course with professionalism, competence and enthusiasm, and the experience was very positive. Although it may be slightly more suitable for primary and pre-primary school teachers, many activities can be adapted for older students as well.

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The course Environmental and Outdoor Education located in Nicosia, Cyprus is a well-suited location for an outdoor learning course. The surroundings offer a variety of beautiful landscapes where to organize activities that can fit several school subjects. The course was international and was led and taught with professionalism, competence and enthusiasm, which made the experience very positive. Although it may be slightly more suitable for primary and pre-primary school teachers, many activities can be adapted for older students as well.

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Kurs, w którym brałam udział to ,,Environmental and Outdoor Education in Non-formal settings". Bardzo podobała mi się organizacja kursu, wszystko mieliśmy w terenie, zgodnie z harmonogramem. Zajęcia były bardzo praktyczne, a trenerka merytorycznie bardzo dobrze przygotowana. Zajęcia odbywały się w małych grupach, co dawało możliwość wspólnej integracji i współpracy oraz dyskusji na wybrane tematy. Kontakt z organizacją oraz trenerką oceniam na bardzo dobry, tak samo jak całość kursu - jego przebieg, zajęcia i organizację.

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