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23/12/13  |  London

‘Explorers in the botanic garden’: New lesson plan about biodiversity from the Botanic garden of the University of Coimbra.

During theis lesson, young people explore different areas of the garden, and by applying an inquiry methodology they look at how biodiversity varies across different habitats and different times of the year.

05/12/13  |  London

An INQUIRE role play lesson on what it means to be a landscape architect: ‘A competition: Who can find the best tree for our avenue?’

During this lesson young people compete over a contract to plant an avenue of trees. This, not only, teaches them about plant science, but hones research skills, develops skills in working alone and collaborating and requires that they think about how best to present their findings.

03/12/13  |  London

Teaching about biodiversity: a lesson from the Botanic Garden of Bordeaux

‘What is biodiversity?’ is an interesting and engaging lesson that highlights important concepts involved in ecosystems and biodiversity, whilst illustrating scientific practices and techniques to get young people actively thinking about environmental issues.

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