The Nature Effect is a catalyst for personal, professional and community transformation. We offer continuing professional
development and coaching to people and organisations in education and social change. We also offer retreats, weekend
workshops and on-going groups for people wanting to learn, grow, flourish, reflect and reconnect. We collaborate with
communities, schools and various peer groups.
Our ‘golden thread’ is explicit inspiration from the natural world – through nature metaphor, embodied
learning, time spent in the wilds, use of natural materials and creation of outdoor spaces and events.
We have a rich pool of associates skilled in these areas of work who are always cooking up new ideas, and we like to connect
them with like-minded colleagues, practical resources and methodological tools for effective working. We welcome contact
from potential new associates. We are largely based in Oxford City but our Associates work nationally and internationally.
Find out more about our work here
Latest News & Events
Grandpont wins the Nature Effect Lottery success for a great new project
Thanks to a grant for the Big Lottery, the Nature Effect CIC will be working with Grandpont Nursery Centre of Excellence for Early Edcuation and Childcare and build on its long-standing reputation of high quality learning outdoors.
The grant will enable more resources for new ‘Forest Friday’ sessions and provide resources and goody bags for families for 5 Family Nature Explorer trips around the local community – across the year. A secondary aim of the project will be to produce a short film about what local families think about their green spaces – allotments, the river, the park and places like Hogacre Common
Florence Park Children's Centre Community Bid Approved!
After 16 months of dreaming, planning, talking to the local community and working around obstacles to convince the County Council we have a realistic, innovative, sustainable vision for the future of this centre, We are delighted to say that the community-supported bid was agreed by Cabinet on 19th September. Now the work begins to create an open-access and community-owned place for people from all walks of life to come together to eat, play, learn. We are now working with Aspire Oxford Charity and the local stakeholder steering group to help create a centre which will be open-access for all, with a good food cafe, work space, training space and creative spaces, as well as a separate 24-place nature and play-focused nursery. Nature in mind, and wellbeing at heart. You can read the latest news, leaflets and call to action and how you might get involved here Florence Park Children's Centre latest.
A Sense of Place Being, Becoming and Belonging in the Early Years
We are really pleased to let you know about our latest publication. A Sense of Place - companionable adventures outdoors. It is the product of a project sponsored by the Oxfordshire Parenting Forum (OPF) and explores how a range of grandparents feel about their role and taking their children out in nature. You can get a free copy of the publication by going to this link: http://eepurl.com/KYdWn.
We are continuing to offer seminars and share the film made with Zoe Broughton about a project on the same theme of connecting with
children with Nature with a range of audiences. Much of it based on a project with practitioners and parents from Blackbird Leys Children's Centre last year. The framework and models of this work are being developed with colleagues nationally and internationally. A book is due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2018.