Conference celebrates inspirational learning in the environment

CUTTING carbon, healthy eating and vegetable growing will be some of the topics covered at a special environmental education conference next week.

Inspirational Learning in the Environment for Healthy, Sustainable Schools is the theme of Cambridgeshire Environmental Education Service’s annual conference on December 2.

CEES – part of Cambridgeshire County Council – is the leading provider of environmental education visits, training and advice for local schools.

Its annual conference – on Friday December 2 at Girton College, Cambridge – is expected to attract delegates from Cambridgeshire and beyond, including some from Norfolk and Yorkshire.

Cambridgeshire County Council Leader Cllr Nick Clarke/David Harty will welcome delegates to the event and the stimulating programme of keynote presentations and workshops will ensure that participants have a wealth of ideas and inspiration to take back to their schools. Themes covered during the day will range from cutting carbon, healthy eating and vegetable growing to learning in the school grounds, junk sculpture and teamwork.

CEES was recently described as ‘outstanding’ in its assessment for the national Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Cllr Nick Clarke recently visited CEES’ Centre at Stibbington to learn more about the County Council’s provision for environmental education. Children from four local schools were working together on a two-day residential Eco Councillors Convention programme.

He said: “The children were very enthusiastic about the environment and how they might care for it. I am sure they will return to their schools better equipped to lead action for the environment. I am looking forward to joining the conference on 2 December to meet with teachers who are interested in environmental learning too. We are proud of the excellent work going on in Cambridgeshire’s schools to foster care for the environment and the conference programme looks set to inspire further innovation.”

The conference prospectus is available from Stop Press News at www.cees.org.uk. For further information about the conference or future Eco Councillors’ Conventions contact Rosie Edwards, Head of CEES by telephone on 01780-782386 or by email at: cees.stibbington@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.