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Young Nature 2021: Connecting Children and Teenagers with Local Nature

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Join our online event for those passionate about connecting young people with nature and empowering them to protect the natural world.

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Building on the success and energy of Young Nature UK 2019, this four-day, interdisciplinary, online event is for anyone passionate about connecting young people with nature and empowering them to protect it. This timely event provides the unique opportunity to:

  • Showcase and learn from existing efforts aimed at connecting young people with nature on their doorstep.
  • Facilitate collaborations to build and identify demand-driven, scalable and cost-effective interventions.
  • Explore how young people can be the vital link in nature-based community initiatives.

Our programme will be centred around education (primary and secondary), health and wellbeing, and biodiversity conservation, with our final day focusing on community in order to bring everyone together and foster collaborations. Although activities in the UK will be at the heart of our programme, we hope that hosting this event online will encourage participants from across the world to bring their input to this globally relevant topic.

This inclusive event is open to all: practitioners, researchers, educators/teachers, and students.


This event is co-organised by Dr Deborah Harvey (Royal Holloway University of London; @deborahjharvey, @schoolsbioboost), Dr Rachel White (University of Brighton; @Rach_L_White) and the BES Teaching & Learning Special Interest Group (@BES_TLSIG).


Running across four days, with alternating half-day morning and afternoon sessions, the programme will include keynote speakers, lightning talks, posters, workshops and round-table discussions focusing on core issues.

Each day will highlight one of four themes:

  • Education (considering how learning about nature and the environment features in the primary and secondary curriculum).
  • Health and Wellbeing (focusing on the benefits that being outside in nature brings to young people’s mental and physical health).
  • Biodiversity and Conservation (highlighting the important role of young people in conservation and enhancing local biodiversity).
  • Working Together (building collaborations between schools, local communities, practitioners and universities).

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Professor Marcus Grace (University of Southampton)
  • Dr Nadia von Benzon (Lancaster University)
  • Julie Newman (XPolli:Nation Educator and Outdoor Education Trailblazer)
  • BTO Youth Advisory Panel

Call for proposals

We invite you to present a lightning talk or poster or run either a round-table discussion or workshop at this exciting interdisciplinary online event.

The deadline for proposals (lightning talks, posters, workshops and round-tables) has been extended to 17:00 BST Friday 9 April. For further information and to submit a proposal, click here.

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Event Twitter hashtag: #YoungNature2021

Venue: Zoom

Contact: Deborah Harvey (d.harvey@rhul.ac.uk) and Rachel White (r.white2@brighton.ac.uk)


If you are interested in becoming a BES member to purchase the BES member rate ticket, you can find out more information and join here. Membership starts from £23, or you can get 12 months free membership if you are an undergraduate, masters, or first year PhD student

If you are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic, or are from a low/lower middle income country and are unable to afford the full ticket price please get in touch at SIGs@britishecologicalsociety.org

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