The Essex Learning Outside the Classroom Conference 2017 is being held at The Wilderness Foundation. This will be a day full of outdoor learning opportunities with key note speakers and a choice of workshops (lunch included)
The Wilderness Foundation is surrounded by 400 acres of open farm land, but it is the 40-acre set-side conservation and education site that provides the most opportunities to explore and learn. The living classroom includes a variety of habitats such as wild flower and grass meadows, mature mixed woodland, ancient hedgerows, beetle banks, a new Diamond Jubilee tree plantation of 12,000 young native trees, forest clearings, a freshwater stream and a pond. This rich habitat diversity is perfect for visitors to get a hands-on, interactive learning experience, leading them to encounter the many different species resident on the site. There is a wide range of flora species to a wealth of invertebrate, bird and mammal species, there is always something to discover at the Wilderness Foundation, and best of all, it is all wild.
Key Note Speakers
Helen Bilton – started her career qualifying as a teacher, becoming a deputy head before moving into higher education. Her interest in the teaching and learning environment has always been at the forefront of her teaching and research and this expertise has been transferred from working with young children to working with adults.
Helen has extensive experience in teaching the Early Years Foundation Stage, primary education, school experience studies and professional studies. She firmly believes in being a role model and demonstrating best practice for students to emulate in the classroom. Her passion for student development and commitment to supporting each individual to achieve their potential are the attributes for which she is most renowned among her students and colleagues.
Her most recent publication, Outdoor Learning in the Early Years, is a complete compendium for all who work with young children.
Tim Baker – head teacher of a South London School who has created trully inspirational opportunities for outdoor learning at his school.