Sustainability and Conservation

Sustainability and Conservation is a relaxed and fun way to engage students in sustainability and conservation subjects. The topics of wildlife, nature art, habitat loss, scientific methods and waste and pollution are covered. Hands on activities the learners enable the learners to apply these themes into their daily lives by exploring nature. Through five workshops they will become ambassadors of conservation and sustainability and will be able to teach their family and friends about it.

In case of rainy days or inaccessibility to outdoor areas ‘Plan B’s’ have been created: games modified to limited indoor areas. There is a section on additional information, this provides online links to websites and reports that are related to the resource’s subject areas.

Learning outcomes:

Art and Design

  • EXA 2-02a: I have the opportunity to choose and explore an extended range of media and technologies to create images and objects, comparing and combining them for specific tasks.

Sciences - Biodiversity and interdependence:

  • SCN 2-01a: I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.
  • SCN 2-02a: I have contributed to the design or conservation of a wildlife area.

Sciences - Topical Sciences:

  • SCN 2-20b: I can report and comment on current scientific news items to develop my knowledge and understanding of topical science.

Social Studies – People, place and environment

  • SOC 2-08a: I can describe the major characteristic features of Scotland’s landscape and explain how these are formed.
  • SOC 2-08b: I can describe the physical processes of a natural disaster and discuss its impact on people and the landscape.

This resource was created as part of the GeoScience Outreach Course which is a 4th year undergraduate course in the School of GeoSciences aiming to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own science communication and engagement project.

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Author: Moa Bell, adapted by Andrew Ferguson.

Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.


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  • About-the-Resource.pdf
  • Session-1---Delivery-Guide.pdf
  • Session-1---Gaudi-Presentation.pdf
  • Session-1---Gaudi-Presentation.pptx
  • Session-1---Gaudi-Presentation-Notes.pdf
  • Session-1---Food-Items.pdf
  • Session-2---Delivery-Guide.pdf
  • Session-3---Delivery-Guide.pdf
  • Session-3---Nature-Passport.pdf
  • Session-4---Delivery-Guide.pdf
  • Session-4---House-Print-Out.pdf
  • Session-4---Waste-Origins.pdf
  • Session-5---Delivery-Guide.pdf
  • Additional-Information.pdf
  • Alternative-Session-Plans.pdf

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Created: Aug 9, 2019

Updated: Sep 17, 2019

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