Thanks to the vision and benevolence of the late Hugh Kenrick, who had a great passion for birds and wildlife, Birmingham schools are being offered financial support to take their pupils to outdoor centres for hands-on learning opportunities in the natural environment. The National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE) are offering bursaries of up to £400 to enable Birmingham schools to take their pupils to environmental outdoor centres in and around Birmingham. The bursary can be used to cover the fee charged by the centre and the cost of transport. All Birmingham schools are eligible to apply.
Funding can be used for visits to the following Day Centres (run by Birmingham Outdoor Learning Service):
- Bell Heath Study Centre, Bellbroughton www.bellheath.bham.org.uk
- Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk
- Birmingham Nature Centre www.birmingham.gov.uk/naturecentre
- Hams Hall Environmental Centre, Coleshill www.hamshall.bham.org.uk
- Mount Pleasant School Farm, Kings Norton www.mountpleasant.bham.org.uk
Funding can also be used for visits to:
- Martineau Gardens, Priory Lane, Edgbaston www.martineau-gardens.org.uk
Priority will be given to schools that have limited or no access to green areas on their site. All we ask is that you write a short piece for our termly journal Environmental Education about your visit and how it linked to your work in school. As a thank you, successful schools will also be given a year’s free membership of NAEE.
You can apply for a bursary by completing the application form (download here) and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Three schools will be chosen each term. Some ideas for getting the most out of this award can be found at the bottom of the application form, or get in touch with us on the above email address if you have any questions for us.
By becoming involved in this project, you can help to equip our young people with the knowledge and understanding they will need as future stewards of our planet. By supporting the remaining city council environmental outdoor learning centres, your school will also help to ensure that they stay open for future generations of school children. We look forward to hearing from you.