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ECN aims to support learning about our changing environment. We do this in the following ways:

  • By providing online resources for teaching
  • Talks, open days and hands-on activities for school students and adults
  • An undergraduate placement, based with the ECN Moor House-Upper Teesdale ECN staff at Lancaster.


More details of these activities are provided below.

Explore our data

ECN's long-term environmental data represent a unique teaching resource. Use our time series viewer to plot data and explore environmental change, or request raw data, providing students with actual environmental datasets for use in science, geography and maths.

Online tutorials

Learn about weather, climate and climate change using our online tutorials.

Climate Change Explorer

ECN was the science partner in the Climate Change Explorer project (CCE). During the project, school students produced a range of creative work whilst exploring climate change. Some of the students drew upon ECN data for inspiration. The CCE website provides access to some of the work produced by the students (note: the CCE website is no longer actively maintained).

As Seasons Change

ECN commissioned new media artist, Lorraine Berry, to produce a web-based creative work - As Seasons Change - which draws upon ECN data and knowledge concerning climate change. We have also listed some non-ECN educational resources.

Talks and activities

Although we do not have a formal programme of events and activities, some staff connected with ECN are willing to give talks to groups of children and adults. Some ECN partners also run open days and similar events. To find out more, please contact the ECN Science Liaison Officer, Andrew Sier, at the ECN CCU or the site manager for the ECN site nearest to you.

ECN Moor House-Upper Teesdale undergraduate placement

ECN partner CEH offers a placement for one academic year at Lancaster. During the placement, the student is trained in and undertakes environmental monitoring at Moor House – Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve, including associated laboratory and computer work.  The student is expected to undertake a short project of interest to themselves and relevant to ECN.

Other (non-ECN) educational resources

Here we have listed a selection educational resources that are relevant to environmental science. These are not provided or endorsed by us.