Our BEE a Nature Guide training course is the first of its kind in the UK. Covering topics from Life sciences, Earth sciences and Human sciences, the comprehensive programme will equip you with all the necessary knowledge and skills to BEE a successful nature guide!
Although new to the UK, this training model has been successfully pioneered by our partners in Belgium the Cercles des Naturalistes de Belgique (CNB) since 1975. We are excited to bring this training method to the UK and help to develop and support a growing community of nature guides.
The Course will initially by taught in Suffolk and Norfolk. With time we plan to expand our programme to cover all areas of the UK.
The Course is broken down into 3 stages, outlined below:
Attend our annual programme of learning sessions, combining outdoor practicals with a follow up classroom session (currently held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic), covering all of the subjects required to be a nature guide. Continue learning at your own pace through our online learning platform. Our sessions are led by our skilled and knowledgeable teachers. You can meet some of them here.
On completion of the learning programme, put your newfound knowledge and skills to use by attending guided walks and participating in at least one nature conservation, management, or community project.
Research, plan and lead your very own guided walk (either on your own or in pairs), which will be assessed alongside a final exam, to obtain your nature guide certificate.
Stages two and three of the course can be completed together in one year, or split across two years, giving you the flexibility to complete the course at a pace that is comfortable for you. If you miss one or two of the stage one learning sessions you will have the opportunity to attend these the following year alongside our next intake of nature guides whilst you continue with stages two and three.
The course is assessed via 2 methods - preparing and leading your own guided walk, and a final exam which we assess with our partners at the British Naturalists' Association (BNA). On completion of the course you will receive your nature guide certificate and become a Biodiversity and Environmental Educator (BEE). You will also receive the BNA Registered Member certificate (MBNA). If you wish to just attend the stage one learning sessions without preparing your own walk or take the exam you will receive the BNA Associate Member certificate (ABNA). Click here to read a letter of recommendation from Steven Rutherford, the chairman of the BNA.
Spread the word
Once you are certified you can join us in our mission to build a network of nature guides leading walks to inform and educate the public about our natural history and the importance of protecting our environment.
Our nature guide training course is priced at £320.00. This covers attendance to all stage one learning sessions, course handbooks/materials and support from our team. Those who choose to can progress through stages two and three to obtain their nature guide certificate. Stages two and three can be completed in one year or two at the discretion of each applicant. Please note there is an additional £10 fee payable to the BNA to receive either your MBNA or ABNA certificate.
Our belief is that environmental education should be accessible to all so we have endeavoured to keep the price as low as possible. The Biodiversity and Environmental Education Society is a registered charity and is not run for profit. All of the money paid to enrol on the course is used to fund the course.
Our stage one course programme is scheduled to start on 16/01/2021 for Suffolk and 30/01/2021 for Norfolk.
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