UK: New courses help secondary students engage with nature and horticulture

RHS Garden Harlow Carr is offering new half-day workshops which support and enhance the curriculum and offer students the opportunity to get hands-on in the gardens.

The five new workshops will teach pupils about areas of the gardens, such as food-growing, and the wide range of benefits plants provide for people, including capturing carbon and boosting wellbeing. The courses support the secondary school curriculum, particularly the sciences, and pupils will gain additional skills in subjects such as practical fieldwork and mathematical working as they learn. 

Since opening in 2010, Bramall Learning Centre at Harlow Carr has welcomed over 110,000 students on educational visits. Dedicated equipment at the Centre means pupils can carry out scientific experiments and look closely at specimens from the gardens, while the Montague Burton Teaching Garden and Glasshouse give an outdoor space for learners to explore and get hands-on.

The new workshops are the first designed for secondary pupils, and the specialist knowledge of the teachers will help inspire attendees to pursue careers in the rapidly-growing horticultural sector.

Kirstie Blything, Education and Learning Manager at RHS Harlow Carr says: "We are thrilled to be able to offer a new program of an educational activity to help support secondary school pupils and teachers. Our vision is to enhance their learning experience by applying knowledge to real-life 'hands-on' experiences in an environment that will develop their wellbeing. We hope these new courses will help inspire the next generation of horticulturists."

Read the complete article at www.fenews.co.uk.


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