Arts, nature & the environment

Join us to explore some of the many connections between the Arts, nature and the environment, through our short online and in-person courses.

Our wide-ranging Culture and Humanities programme spans from the Ice Age to today, and across different cultures.

You can explore ‘Art and Environment in Ice Age Europe’, learn about animals in Renaissance Art, or think about environment and politics in indigenous art today.  You can consider how Romantic poetry finds new resonance through ‘ecocritical’ readings, or study genre-busting literary non-fiction about the connections between walking and writing in urban, rural and desert landscapes.

You can also complement your studies with courses from our Science and Nature programme, including courses on botany, trees, geology, the Amazon, and the science of climate change.

Explore our exciting programme below!

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  1. Geology and London
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  2. Introduction to botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    Morning sessions at City Lit followed by a local botany walk in the afternoon: We will search out plants in all their diversity, looking at hedges, borders, grassland, path edges, avenues, rockery, informal and formal areas in the park. The course will be of interest to keen gardeners as well as anyone wanting to know more about everyday plants.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  3. An introduction to ornithology with birdwatching
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of birds. This short course has a broad scope: from evolution and global diversity to bird behaviour and song. Learn identification techniques in the classroom, then try out your skills during three guided fieldtrips to London locations.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
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  4. Natural history journaling
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    Natural history journaling is the insightful and relaxing process of closely observing and recording nature. There are no fixed rules to creating a journal; you could choose to write, draw, photograph or film the nature you encounter. No experience or skills are needed, just come along and try it out. This course promises enjoyment, relaxation, ecological learning and immersion in nature.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  5. More botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    This course looks more closely at plants noticing changes in early summer how they are grouped and named. The course includes afternoon walks to Lincoln’s Inn Fields to observe the plants there.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
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