Knowing Nature

Knowing Nature

Podcast about exploring and engaging with the natural world. Background information and activity ideas for educators and parents.... Show More

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August 8, 2020 37 min

Discussion of the 2003 film Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton. Featuring guests Ayesha and Rosie.

You may want to watch the film first and think about:

How do parents in the movie deal with risk?

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August 1, 2020 42 min

Discussion about the 2018 film The Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub.

 

You may want to watch the film first and think about:

What does the film make you feel about the shark?

What human impacts on the ocean are depicted?

 

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July 25, 2020 34 min

Tips for setting up a wildlife pond and ideas for using it with kids or classes.

 

Safety considerations (11:15)

Plants and animals (20:07)

Lesson planning tips and ideas (26:00)

 

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July 18, 2020 58 min

Discussion of the 1993 classic of palaeontology, Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg. Guests this episode: Tom and Conor.

 

You may want to watch the film first and think about:

Are there situations where you would want to bring back an extinct species?

 

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July 11, 2020 26 min

Tips for running a successful bug hunt as an educator. What to consider when setting up a wildlife area. Ideas for planning bug hunting lessons.

 

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July 2, 2020 40 min

Discussion on how video games can be used as a tool for learning about the natural world. Ideas for teachers. Discussion on Minecraft, Oxygen not Included, and Animal Crossing.

 

This episode's guest is Tom L. Full show notes at https://knowingnaturepodcast.wordpress.com/

 

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June 27, 2020 32 min

Discussion of the 1984 anime film Nausicaa of the valley of the wind. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. 

This episode’s guests are environmental educators, Maggie and Paul.

You may want to watch the film first and think about:

How do the different groups in the film relate to the natural world?

How do the different groups of people feel about nature? Why?

 

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June 7, 2020 34 min

Discussion about the film Over the hedge. Released in 2006. Recommended for ages 8-12. This week's guests are educators Ayesha and Lauren.

You may like to watch the film first and think about these questions.

What type of food does the movie focus on? What might happen to these animals in the next year

 

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May 30, 2020 30 min

Discussion about environmental and conservation themes in the film Ferngully.  Film recommended for ages 5-12. This week's guests: Science and environmental educators Ayesha and Ane.

 

You may like to watch the movie first have a think about: What species do you recognize in the film? Who’s the villain?

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May 23, 2020 36 min

Benefits and challenges for environmental education in classrooms and outdoors. Strategies for dealing with these challenges and thinking about topics which are better tackled in particular settings. Apologies for the audio strangeness in this episode!

Featuring environmental educators Maggie and Paul.

Full notes at knowingnaturepodcast.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/episode-15-education-indoors-and-out/

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May 12, 2020 37 min

Tips for getting started in nature photography and taking photos for identification purposes. This week’s guests tell us about the off-the-beaten-track photography hobbies.

Astrophotography (17:00)

Cyanotyping (25:00)

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May 5, 2020 27 min

A few nature book recommendations for adults and kids. Kids book recommendations at 22 min.

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April 27, 2020 34 min

Ideas for engaging with plants without needing to leave your home. Time to rearrange, re-pot, and take cuttings. Make the most of kitchen scraps. Some thoughts on setting up your own terrarium.

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April 6, 2020 32 min

Info on common spiders you might find in your house here in the UK. Are they dangerous (no they're not). And activities for getting to know your 8-legged roommates. 

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March 30, 2020 16 min

Addon to Ep.10. I ask some friends to tell us about how they've made habitats for invertebrates. We discuss snails, woodlice, worms, and kitchen herbs in window boxes.

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March 26, 2020 29 min

Since we're all stuck indoors, here are some ideas for how to get started studying invertebrates from the comfort of your own home. How to keep dead windowsill specimens safe. Ideas for building your own ID key.

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March 21, 2020 24 min

Suggestions for how to get into watching birds from home. Ideas for teaching about birds and migration.

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February 7, 2020 32 min

Discussing the importance of how nature is depicted in movies. Ideas for using films to explore ecosystems and how people and nature interact.  

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January 19, 2020 26 min

First photo of a black hole. Deer seen first time in 30 years. Nene no longer endangered. Rats playing hide and seek. EPA to expand use of antibiotics against citrus greening.

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December 13, 2019 30 min

Another tour through mammals! This week looks at mammal reproductive strategies. Discussion focuses on considerations when planning a tour and the various roles of a tour guide.

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