Stuck in the Mud

  • Awarded to: Robert Bowker
  • Funding Awarded to Exeter: £ 5,000
  • Dates: 1 October 2007 - 31 October 2009
  • Sponsor(s): Eden Project

The purpose of Programme

To connect young people with the natural environment around them, enabling them to experience, understand and celebrate their sense of place and purpose in the natural world and in the human community globally and in their local area.

Scope and sources of data 

For each of the three strands of the Programme responses were sought from


  • What they enjoyed most/least
  • Self perception of learning


  • What were the successes/challenges
  • Impact on children’s learning

Data collected

Responses received and analysed from:

  • 224 evaluation sheets for the Eden day, wild day and curriculum input
  • Field notes of informal discussion at Eden and wild days
  • Video from one of the wild days
  • Children tape recorded discussion in school
  • Field notes and taped interviews from school visits.

Outcomes: Eden days

Most enjoyable aspect

  • Visit to the Biome

Least enjoyed activity *

  • Various ‘sitting and listening’ activities

What was learned?

  • ‘Facts’ about plants
  • Usefulness and uses of plants
  • Survival
  • Teamwork