Introduction to Ecology

Ref: C2420628

The environment has been in the news a lot recently, with events such as the student strikes and Extinction Rebellion hitting the headlines. We will discuss why people think the environment is important, and ways to look after it. The course will take place outdoors in Chelsea Physic Garden. This will give us the opportunity to try out some simple scientific research methods. We will also benefit from the wide range of plants in the garden, and seeing how they are used by humans and how they like to live naturally.

Additional information about this course

Funded by Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Course aim

A brief introduction to ecology and sustainability, studied outdoors. We will learn how humans benefit from nature, how plants and animals interact, and what we can do to help the planet.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Please dress appropriately for work outside in all weathers.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand that plants and animals depend on one another in groups we call ecosystems.
  • Understand that humans depend on ecosystems to provide us with resources such as food and medicine.
  • Understand that humans depend on ecosystems to maintain the soil and air.
  • Take part in an ecological survey.
  • Discuss ideas for what to do to look after the planet.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • There may be access to a virtual learning environment, which is optional and just for personal interest.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • There may be access to a virtual learning environment, which is optional and just for personal interest.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Introduction to Ecology

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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