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
    Last Few Places, 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. Bird identification by sight and song
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Verity Miles
    Sometimes we hear birds before we see them. Find out more about identifying birds by sound as well as sight. Refresh your knowledge of the natural history of birds and what to look for to distinguish different species by sight, song and behaviour.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  4. 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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  5. Trees in summer
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    Three tree identification walks in Regent’s Park looking at common trees while focussing on bark, twigs, leaves, outline, seeds and fruits aiming to give you the confidence to get to know trees better.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
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