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Training Directory - Short Courses
Community Engagement and Environmental Education

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Short Training Courses

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Community Engagement and Environmental Education

That's being trained in how to deliver community events and environmental education not the actual events themselves; so typical courses will include how to engage the community and how to deliver on topics as diverse as storytelling to running consultation exercises.  There is also training in environmental education techniques such as Forest Schools workshops. This section also includes courses on volunteer management and development.


April 2019

26/04/2019    Woodland Play    1 Day

Toryglen, Glasgow, Wild Sparks Outdoor Play CIC. Contact: 07943 440267 alice@wildsparks.co.uk www.wildsparks.co.uk/woodland-play.html

A practical course ideal for those both starting out or further developing woodland play and learning. Learn how to rig a tarp, pack your welfare bag, investigate nature, dress for success and explore the million-and-one ways to use a stick!

Cost £60.00


30/04/2019    Engaging the public with Atlantic woodlands    1 Day

Borrowdale, Lake District, Plantlife . Contact: 07588 017341 April.Windle@plantlife.org.uk

This event is for people who work with woodlands in Cumbria, focusing on event delivery and providing you with an opportunity to design your own events using the LOST Events Toolkit resource and follow up support from the Project Officer. Please contact April Windle for further information and registration details.

Cost £FREE


30/04/2019    Supporting numeracy outdoors in the EYFS and KS1    1 Day

Barton Meadows Winchester, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk

Cost £60.00


May 2019

01/05/2019    Wild Beach Leader Level 3    3 Days

Felixstowe, Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01473890089 bev.rogers@suffolkwildlifetrust.org https://c-js.info/2WPmRRJ

This course will provides teachers, support staff, outdoor educators andyouth group leaderswith the skills and confidence to use the beach as a learning resource. 3 units covered include: Keeping safe on the beach; Practical skills on the beach; Understanding the beach environment.

Cost £350.00


02/05/2019    Course for Providers: Developing and Reviewing Active Learning    1 Day

Belton House, Grantham, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. Contact: 07545 696881 events@lotc.org.uk www.lotc.org.uk/developing-and-reviewing-active-learning-a-course-for-providers-of-lotc-2/

Cost £unknown


11/05/2019    Coastal Activity Leader Training    7 Days

Findhorn, Wild things. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk wild-things.org.uk/our-events/coastal-activity-leader-training/

Coastal Activity Leader Training is an accredited outdoor education and leader training course, developed specifically for our vast stretches of wonderful beaches and coastlines. Learn to confidently lead Beach School and Coastal Classroom sessions.

Cost £525.00


11/05/2019    Grand National Archery Society Instructor Award    2 Days

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre Exmoor, Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre. Contact: 01643 831382 enquiries@shoc.info www.shoc.info

Archery GB have developed a new, modernised course for the basic instruction of archery. The course provides training that is focussed on teaching short taster sessions such as those delivered in activity centres; it is predominantly practical in nature, uses professional learning resources and offers improved training for candidates.

Cost £199.00


11/05/2019    Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture    2 Days

Nottingham, , Permaculture Association. Contact: 07787376475 children@permaculture.org.uk https://c-js.info/2CbxZj4

A weekend permaculture course for parents, grandparents, teachers and others to engage children in all aspects of permaculture. Composed of both indoor and outdoor sessions we will learn how to spend times with children which are child-centred and/or child-led.

Cost £60.00


13/05/2019    Nursery Professional Visit    1 Day

Wee Wild Sparks Outdoor Nursery Site, Coupar Angus, Wild Sparks Outdoor Play CIC. Contact: 07943 440267 alice@wildsparks.co.uk www.wildsparks.co.uk/professional-visits.html

Visit the Wee Wild Sparks nursery for a structured observation, tour and Q&A. Spend time observing children and staff in the woodland nursery to get an insight into our practice. Wee Wild Sparks uses a hands off, child-led approach to learning through play in nature, that embraces risk and unpredictability.

Cost £50.00


14/05/2019    Bat Walk Leader Training    1 Day

Newton Abbot, Wild Ideas. Contact: 07871343872 info@wild-ideas.org.uk https://c-js.info/2AMn0ef

A fun session in which you will learn how to plan and run a bat walk. The session will include: An introduction to bats Planning your walk Using a bat detector Identifying bats We will carry out a Bat Walk, to practise using the detectors and identifying the bats as we go. There will be some uneven ground, which may be unsuitable for wheelchairs. Please contact us if you require an accessible route.

Cost £15.00


18/05/2019    Supporting literacy outdoors in the EYFS and KS1    1 Day

Barton Meadows Winchester, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk c-js.co.uk/2Zee6BR

Cost £60.00


20/05/2019    Wild Beach Leader Training    1 Day

Milford on Sea, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk

Cost £unknown


June 2019

03/06/2019    Course for Schools: Developing and Reviewing Active Learning    1 Day

M Shed, Bristol, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. Contact: 07545 696881 events@lotc.org.uk www.lotc.org.uk/developing-and-reviewing-active-learning-a-course-for-schools/

Cost £unknown


05/06/2019    Facilitation Training - Edinburgh    1 Day

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose St. Edinburgh, EH2 2PR, Talk Action. Contact: 0207 324 4775 training@talkaction.org www.talkaction.org/training/facilitation-scotland/

Gain the practical tools and techniques to make your facilitation engaging and productive.

Cost £195.00


06/06/2019    An Introduction to Nature and Dementia    1 Day

Botley, Southampton, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk

Cost £95.00


07/06/2019    Deaf Awareness Workshop    0.5 Day

Glossop Adult Education Centre, Derbyshire County Council. Contact: 01629 535895 glossop.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk c-js.co.uk/2TBrMYq

Develop skills to minimise everyday barriers experienced between Deaf people and the hearing world. 10am to 1pm.

Cost £20.00


12/06/2019    Stakeholder Engagement Training - London    1 Day

St. Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central St, EC1V 8AJ, London, Talk Action. Contact: 0207 324 4775 training@talkaction.org https://c-js.info/2z2tXXB

This training will help you engage your key stakeholders in a way that is inclusive, innovative and inspiring. These could be your supporters, staff, service users, volunteers or trustees – along with funders, policy makers and commissioners.

Cost £195.00


17/06/2019    NOCN Level 3 Coastal School Leader    2 Days

Margrove Heritage Centre, Boosbeck, Saltburn TS123BZ, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. Contact: 07814791671 information@forestschooltraining.com https://c-js.info/2Bi5mPU

This course provides the skills and confidence to lead innovative and engaging learning sessions for children and young people in coastal locations.

Cost £unknown


22/06/2019    Forest School Level 2 -3 top-up course    5 Days

Lawshall, Bury St Edmunds, Green Light Trust. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org www.greenlighttrust.org

For those that are Level 2 qualified wanting to top-up to Level 3

Cost £unknown


24/06/2019    LtL Professional Accreditation (Transforming Learning or Transforming Spaces)    2 Days

University of Leicester Oadby Student Village, Leicester LE2 2LG, Learning through Landscapes. Contact: 01786 465 934 gfl@ltl.org.uk www.ltl.org.uk/resources/results.php?id=912

The LTL Professional Accreditation Scheme is the leading award for school grounds designers, consultants and outdoor learning trainers. If you have at least two year’s experience, at consultant or design level, and would like to build a career on this, then this is the training and Accreditation for you.

Cost £506.00


29/06/2019    Woodland Activity Leader Training    6 Days

Findhorn, Wild things. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk https://c-js.info/2X1V6W8

Cost £525.00


July 2019

02/07/2019    Advanced Facilitation Training - London    1 Day

St. Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central St, EC1V 8AJ, London, Talk Action. Contact: 0207 324 4775 training@talkaction.org https://c-js.info/2ay8IzU

An exciting and challenging day that looks deeply at group dynamics and the role you play as a facilitator. This course helps facilitators to deal with power, conflict & big personalities!

Cost £195.00


06/07/2019    Ropes Swings and Ladders for Outdoor Play    1 Day

Rotherwick, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 Courses@hiwwt.org.uk

Cost £100.00


08/07/2019    Forest School Level 2 Assistant course    5 Days

Taverham, Norwich, Green Light Trust. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org www.greenlighttrust.org

For those wanting to assist a Forest School Leader at Forest School

Cost £unknown


08/07/2019    Forest School Level 3 Leader course    10 Days

Taverham, Norwich, Green Light Trust. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org www.greenlighttrust.org

For those wanting to run their own Forest School wityh groups of children/young adults

Cost £unknown


08/07/2019    Woodland Activity Leader Training    7 Days

Findhorn, Wild things. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk https://c-js.info/2X1V6W8

Cost £525.00


10/07/2019    Children in Permaculture Training of Teachers     10 Days

London, Permaculture Association. Contact: 07787376475 children@permaculture.org.uk https://c-js.info/2CbxZj4

This course is for people to learn how to share permaculture with children and teachers, including designing school grounds, gardening, holistic education and training teachers. The format is an intensive five day course followed by a period of 6-12 months during, then another 5 days course and a portfolio.

Cost £1600.00


11/07/2019    An introduction to nature for mental health    1 Day

Botley, Southampton, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk

Cost £95.00


August 2019

03/08/2019     Platforms and Tree Houses for Outdoor Play    1 Day

Rotherwick, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 Courses@hiwwt.org.uk c-js.co.uk/2Zee6BR

Cost £100.00


17/08/2019    Woodland Activity Leader Training    7 Days

Findhorn, Wild things. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk https://c-js.info/2X1V6W8

If you are interested in enhancing your skills to lead groups in a woodland environment, training to become a Woodland Activity Leader will provide you with the learning and knowledge you require. Woodland Activity Leader Training is an accredited outdoor learning course and an alternative to forest school training.

Cost £525.00


September 2019

09/09/2019    Woodland Activity Leader Training Early Years Practitioners    7 Days

Findhorn, Wild things. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk www.wild-things.org.uk

Cost £525.00


October 2019

05/10/2019    Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture    2 Days

The Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, Permaculture Association. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://c-js.info/2SXwryG

A weekend permaculture course for parents, grandparents, teachers and others to engage children in all aspects of permaculture. Composed of both indoor and outdoor sessions we will learn how to spend times with children which are child-centred and/or child-led. Sliding scale £60-£245

Cost £unknown


14/10/2019    Forest School Level 2 Assistant course    5 Days

Lawshall, Bury St Edmunds, Green Light Trust. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org www.greenlighttrust.org

For that wanting to assist a Forest School Leader at Forest School

Cost £unknown


14/10/2019    Forest School Level 3 Leader course    10 Days

Lawshall, Bury St Edmunds, Green Light Trust. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org www.greenlighttrust.org

For those wanting to run their own Forest School wityh groups of children/young adults

Cost £unknown


30/10/2019    Forest School Level 2 -3 top-up course    5 Days

Taverham, Norwich, Green Light Trust. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org www.greenlighttrust.org

For those that are Level 2 qualified wanting to top-up to Level 3

Cost £unknown


30/10/2019    Volunteer Management Training - London    1 Day

St. Lukes' Community Centre, Talk Action. Contact: 02073244775 training@talkaction.org https://c-js.info/2QSljC5

Helping volunteers love you – your organisation and the role they play.

Cost £242.00


November 2019

26/11/2019    Volunteer Management Training- Edinburgh    1 Day

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR, Talk Action. Contact: 02073244775 training@talkaction.org https://c-js.info/2QWSrc5

Helping volunteers love you – your organisation and the role they play.

Cost £unknown


May 2019

01/05/2019    Wild Beach Leader Level 3    3 Days

Felixstowe, Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01473890089 bev.rogers@suffolkwildlifetrust.org https://c-js.info/2WPmRRJ

This course will provides teachers, support staff, outdoor educators andyouth group leaderswith the skills and confidence to use the beach as a learning resource. 3 units covered include: Keeping safe on the beach; Practical skills on the beach; Understanding the beach environment.

Cost £350.00


02/05/2019    Course for Providers: Developing and Reviewing Active Learning    1 Day

Belton House, Grantham, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. Contact: 07545 696881 events@lotc.org.uk www.lotc.org.uk/developing-and-reviewing-active-learning-a-course-for-providers-of-lotc-2/

Cost £unknown


11/05/2019    Coastal Activity Leader Training    7 Days

Findhorn, Wild things. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk wild-things.org.uk/our-events/coastal-activity-leader-training/

Coastal Activity Leader Training is an accredited outdoor education and leader training course, developed specifically for our vast stretches of wonderful beaches and coastlines. Learn to confidently lead Beach School and Coastal Classroom sessions.

Cost £525.00


11/05/2019    Grand National Archery Society Instructor Award    2 Days

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre Exmoor, Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre. Contact: 01643 831382 enquiries@shoc.info www.shoc.info

Archery GB have developed a new, modernised course for the basic instruction of archery. The course provides training that is focussed on teaching short taster sessions such as those delivered in activity centres; it is predominantly practical in nature, uses professional learning resources and offers improved training for candidates.

Cost £199.00


11/05/2019    Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture    2 Days

Nottingham, , Permaculture Association. Contact: 07787376475 children@permaculture.org.uk https://c-js.info/2CbxZj4

A weekend permaculture course for parents, grandparents, teachers and others to engage children in all aspects of permaculture. Composed of both indoor and outdoor sessions we will learn how to spend times with children which are child-centred and/or child-led.

Cost £60.00


13/05/2019    Nursery Professional Visit    1 Day

Wee Wild Sparks Outdoor Nursery Site, Coupar Angus, Wild Sparks Outdoor Play CIC. Contact: 07943 440267 alice@wildsparks.co.uk www.wildsparks.co.uk/professional-visits.html

Visit the Wee Wild Sparks nursery for a structured observation, tour and Q&A. Spend time observing children and staff in the woodland nursery to get an insight into our practice. Wee Wild Sparks uses a hands off, child-led approach to learning through play in nature, that embraces risk and unpredictability.

Cost £50.00


14/05/2019    Bat Walk Leader Training    1 Day

Newton Abbot, Wild Ideas. Contact: 07871343872 info@wild-ideas.org.uk https://c-js.info/2AMn0ef

A fun session in which you will learn how to plan and run a bat walk. The session will include: An introduction to bats Planning your walk Using a bat detector Identifying bats We will carry out a Bat Walk, to practise using the detectors and identifying the bats as we go. There will be some uneven ground, which may be unsuitable for wheelchairs. Please contact us if you require an accessible route.

Cost £15.00


18/05/2019    Supporting literacy outdoors in the EYFS and KS1    1 Day

Barton Meadows Winchester, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk c-js.co.uk/2Zee6BR

Cost £60.00


20/05/2019    Wild Beach Leader Training    1 Day

Milford on Sea, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk

Cost £unknown


March 2020

06/03/2020    Forest School Level 2 -3 top-up course    5 Days

Lawshall, Bury St Edmunds, Green Light Trust. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org www.greenlighttrust.org

For those that are Level 2 qualified wanting to top-up to Level 3

Cost £unknown



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