Science and nature courses online & in London

Spanning weekdays, evenings, and weekends, City Lit's science and nature programme offers a wide range of online courses and lectures across the fields of astronomy, geology, physics, chemistry, evolutionary and forensic anthropology, botany and horticulture, and ecology, conservation, and climate change.


Our science and nature courses will help you understand how our planet, its ecosystems, and humanity has evolved up to the present day and the challenges we now face, whether looking at the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, or our own societies. Our courses, including lectures, day courses, and longer-term study over several weeks, aim to inform you of the issues that interest you.


Throughout 2021, our courses will run online to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. This enables you to join your courses wherever you are. We will keep you updated as to when we will be back in our building in central London and on our walks across the capital. Whether online or in the classroom, we are here to welcome you.

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields.

Coming from a range of backgrounds, our tutors include academic experts, forensic anthropologists, experienced educators, archaeologists, conservationists, horticultural experts, and renowned guides. Whoever your tutor, all our courses are intellectually rigorous and stimulating.


Take a look at our programme below to find your next science or nature course. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Astronomy for fun
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roger O'Brien
    If you have already enjoyed a gentle introduction to astronomy, here is the next step: what to



    look for and how to do and find out more. De-mystify some of the specialist software,.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
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  2. Exploring the geology of the Lake District
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    Live in the Lake District? Want to walk or holiday there? Just curious? Join this course to learn more about the incredibly beautiful landscape that not only hides a complex geological history but is also a World Heritage Site. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  3. City of London gardens
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    Discover the delights of some small gardens in London's Square Mile, where rich planting enhances historic sites.



    Special trees are a highlight. Practical plant identification will be provided at City Lit in the morning, with a guided



    walk in the afternoon.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  4. Astrophysics day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    A short introduction over 2 Sundays to the science of astrophysics which explores the physics of stars, galaxies, planets and black holes, as well as theoretical topics such as solar system formation. The course is taught by Radmila Topalovic, who holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00

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