The National Association of Field Studies Officers (NAFSO) is
- the only organisation in the UK which represents professionals employed in teaching, developing and promoting field studies.
- a Voluntary Association which aims to disseminate good practice amongst its members and works to ensure that their interests are represented nationally.
- an organisation whose members are directly involved in raising awareness of, understanding of, and respect for the environment, making a hugely valuable contribution to life long learning.
Nafso has members based at centres throughout the UK, including those run by local authorities as well as independent and charitable organisations.
The Association produces a variety of publications and organises training events throughout the year, including a major three day Continuing Professional Development Event in January.
NEXT PDE - January 6-8 2014 at Skern Lodge, Appledore, North Devon
During recent years Nafso has worked in partnership with other organisations including Local Authorities, National Association of Environmental Education, Sustainability & Environmental Education, Institute for Outdoor Learning, Environment Agency, English Nature, The Countryside Agency , Department for Children, Schools and Families through the Growing Schools and Learning Outside the Classroom initiatives and Wildlife Trusts.
Membership of Nafso is open to anyone whose professional occupation includes the teaching, development or promotion of field studies.
NAFSO is a signatory to the DCSF 'Manifesto for Learning Outside the Classroom' and is a member of the 'Growing Schools' Development Group and 'Sustainability and Environmental Education (Se-eD)'
NAFSO is pleased to share public new items with http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sussed/