The Eden Project is planning to reopen on 17 May 2021, subject to the latest Government guidance. Timed entry tickets for 17 May onwards are available to pre-book online. Our online shop remains open.

Key info

  • Learn online wherever you are
  • Course length: 4 weeks
  • Weekly study time: 3 hours
  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Cost: free

This course is for anyone with an interest in science, nature, and the environment, including students and policy makers. The course expands on the content shown at our Invisible Worlds exhibition

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

Topics covered

  • Past Invisible: A time so long ago it’s hard to imagine: the evolution of the Earth’s life support system; the products and processes that are necessary for maintaining life.

  • Vast Invisible: Natural systems and cycles (carbon, nitrogen, water, phosphate) so massive we can’t feel them: the bigger picture and you in the bigger picture.

  • Small Invisible: Creatures so small we can’t see them: minions or masters of the universe? See how the smallest things underpin the biggest things; the life support systems.

  • The Anthropocene era/effect: Since the small things have such a significant influence on the life support system, you won’t be surprised to see the huge effects we have had.

  • Interconnections: The interconnectedness between life and the Earth’s environments at all scales.


We developed the course with the University of Exeter. On the course you'll learn from  experts from the University of Exeter and the Eden Project.