Gill Stevens Award will bring youngsters closer to nature

Schoolchildren in London will be able to get hands-on with nature thanks to a new award set up in memory of OPAL’s deputy director.

The Gill Stevens Award, which will run for five years, will enable seven school groups each year to visit one of the Royal Parks for a fieldwork session led by an experienced tutor from the Field Studies Council (FSC).


Interactive learning tool launched

Whether your youngsters want to test their nature knowledge, discover what data can do or learn about our surveys, our Learning Lab can help.

The interactive learning tool aims to inspire young nature lovers and budding scientists through animations, games and easy-to-follow guides.


Pupils 'Go Wild' at science and nature day

More than 130 youngsters from across Devon and Cornwall explored the world of science and nature at an event held by OPAL South West and Plymouth University.

Schools Go Wild gave children from local primary, secondary and special schools the chance to examine tropical bugs in a university laboratory, make a cloud in a bottle as part of the OPAL Weather Roadshow, and go spider hunting in the old walls around the campus.


Schools urged to use the great outdoors this July

Teachers are being encouraged to support outdoor learning by signing up for the second Empty Classroom Day.

The event is rolling out nationwide this year and schools around the UK can sign up now and pledge to teach pupils outside for one lesson on Friday 5 July 2013.


Competition encourages schools to shout about wildlife

Schools in the south west have the chance to win a tour of some of the world’s most cutting-edge marine technology.

OPAL South West and Plymouth University have launched a competition giving pupils and teachers the chance to shout about wildlife projects they have carried out.



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