Biodiversity #3 – People and nature

Author(s)

Gregor Torkar, Hana Rožman, Žan Rode and Tim Prezelj

Institution(s)

University of Ljubljana

We are very pleased to present PEOPLE AND NATURE, a booklet created by the team of the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, in the framework of the Multipliers project (Horizon 2020). As educators, we know that learning goes far beyond the walls of the classroom. It thrives in the fresh air, outdoors and surrounded by the wonders of nature. The aim of this activity is to present biodiversity and ecosystem services as an important socio scientific issue (SSI) both relevant in their everyday life but also, for science. This activity is facilitated by providing students different activities and tools to explore biodiversity in forest, water and wind erosion, sounds, landscape changes etc.

Age

  • 06
  • 07
  • 08
  • 09
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19

Topic

  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Duration

  • More than 10 hours

Activities are presented to the students using one of the proposed teachers’ resources. The booklet contains seven activities supported by additional video material:

Our activities start with useful icons. At a glance, these icons tell us the answers to common questions that arise when we design an activity:

Duration: the clock icon shows how long the activity usually takes. This will allow you to plan the activity for your lessons.

Indoors or outdoors: Is it a sun-drenched lawn or a cosy corner in a classroom? This icon shows you whether the activity is best suited for outdoors or indoors.

Ecosystem services: nature provides us with four main services – supporting, provisioning, cultural and regulating. Discover which services can be explored in a specific activity.

Age: We have adapted the activities to different age groups, starting from 6 years old.

Time of year: nature changes with the seasons. For each activity, you can find out which seasons we recommend for each activity.

Group size: this icon will give you an outline of how the activity is planned to run (individually, in small groups or in larger groups).

Each activity is more than just a learning activity; it is just the start of a deeper exploration of nature. Whether you teach science, geography or any other subject, if you simply want to stimulate young minds, our carefully selected suggestions will inspire you and your students. In these pages you will find a treasure trove of activities to pique your curiosity and that of your students, to encourage collaboration and deepen understanding.

Activity “Micro Adventure”
Activity “Erosion and Plants”
Activity “Sounds of the forest”
Activity “Micro Adventure”
Exhaustor from activity “Observation and data collection techniques”