environmental education

Environmental Education Sessions

We manage a small urban nature reserve on the University Campus, Laisteridge Lane. This is an ideal place for nature studies including pond dipping, woodland study and grassland observations (minibeasts, flowers, seed and seed dispersal). The Reserve has two medium sized ponds and is home to butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies and many bird species. The best time for these sessions is in the summer term, but it is possible at other times of the year as well. It is also possible to run these sessions at Bowling Park Community Orchard, BD4.

Environmental Education

I work with schools and community groups.

Playschemes, youth groups, visits to nature reserves

We can deliver sessions for playschemes and youth and community groups. This can be at the groups own centre or at one of our sites - eg pond dipping at our Urban Nature Reserve, painting or a bbq at Bowling Park Community Orchard, a walk and games in local woods etc.

Forest Schools

A Forest School is a unique educational experience which offers children, young people and adults opportunities to develop a better understanding and respect for their natural environment through hands on learning experiences. Activities on Forest Schools are broken down into small achievable tasks so that participants build confidence and self-esteem. Forest Schools activities are flexible and can be adapted for use in playschemes, after school clubs, scouting and guiding activities etc. and can be run for all ages.

Activities Out of School Hours

Groundwork, in partnership with the Children’s University of Bradford, delivers environmental based activities for children and young people to attend after school and during school holidays. These entertaining and interactive sessions provide, amongst other things, the opportunity for children and young people to enjoy and achieve through learning, be healthy and find out how to make a positive contribution to society. Sessions or programmes can be tailored by negotiation with the host organisation and the funder.

After School Groups

BEES have run after school clubs at various primary schools for many years. Topics have covered a variety of environmental themes but tend to focus on wildlife and nature. Examples of projects include bird identification, making bird feeders and nestboxes and taking part in the RSPB big garden birdwatch; wildflower growing and identification; vegetable growing; making recycled paper; seasonal art and crafts. Activities complement the national curriculum.

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