Bringing biodiversity into the classroom

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
In teaching students about biodiversity, you help students understand biodiversity as a measure of planetary health.
What resources can you use to let students experience markers of biodiversity, both within individual ecosystems and of the interconnectedness for the planet as a whole? Learn more about biodiversity teaching activities, lesson ideas, film clips, career resources, background information, practical tips and suggested teaching strategies through a full immersion experience about biodiversity.
Join us and visit the unique Padova Biodiversity Garden: more than 1,300 plant species in uniform climatic environments in terms of temperature and humidity, emulating the conditions of the planet’s biomes in an itinerary that also takes in anthropological items and interactive exhibits!

Outdoor lessons will take place in the Natura 2000 Sites of Community Importance inside the Euganean Hills and Po Delta Regional Parks in order to observe and have a direct experience of different plant species and different environments.
Debriefing those direct-learning experiences is a such a great opportunity to discuss openly, practice and exchange ideas with teachers interested in the topic of biodiversity in the classroom and be engaged with a meaningful process of mutual curiosity and collective reflections.

Learning outcomes:

  • Improve knowledge about Biodiversity
  • Develop ideas on how to introduce biodiversity concepts in other teaching fields such as literature, geography, arts and maths
  • How to produce original thematic maps concerning outdoor activities
  • Raise awareness about your personal relationship with nature and sustainability education
  • Build empowerment in teachers and classrooms in challenging situations
  • Improve knowledge to shape effective hands-on lessons to teach biodiversity
  • Implement new teaching resources immediately upon finishing the course
  • Be able to plan specific activities connected with your context and objectives

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Teachers of primary to secondary school of any subject as course aims to share/include/spread the biodiversity concepts in other fields than natural science

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 20
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Course information file

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Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 22.09.2024 - 29.09.2024 - To be confirmed
  • 09.02.2025 - 16.02.2025 - To be confirmed
  • 01.06.2025 - 08.06.2025 - To be confirmed

Course dates are made available based on the availability of trainers but are “confirmed” only once the minimum number of participants is reached.

Course dates are usually listed Sunday to Sunday. The course usually takes place Monday to Friday and the full-day trip usually takes place on Saturday, so Sundays are arrival and departure days for those who book course, activities and accommodation. You can leave earlier if you book just the course.

If you are looking for dates either not listed above or “To be confirmed”, please pre-register to your favourite dates so we can track your interest, liaise with everybody to convey participants to the same dates and make them confirmed!

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