Woodland Activities (Reaching Out)

Ref: C3744684

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Bringing learning to life using natural resources and the woodland as our classroom. To offer students regular opportunities to appreciate and learn about their local woodlands and to nurture an understanding and respect for nature, experiencing it at first hand through a series of engaging and achievable activities. Learn different bushcraft techniques and how to safely use a selection of hand tools for tasks and crafts. Learn about the science of fire and how to create a campfire using traditional fire lighting techniques. Prepare and cook a healthy lunch over the campfire. Shelter building, observing nature and wildlife, wellbeing and mindfulness activities. The fire circle is an integral part of woodland activities and is an area we use to discuss the days activities and a place for relaxing, socialising and sharing our thoughts. As the group becomes more comfortable with being in the woodland the course will become more learner led and is a journey of discovery.

Course aim

To provide an opportunity for students to spend time in a woodland, learning about the natural world, our environment and a variety of woodland activities such as fire lighting, den building, whittling, outdoor cooking, natural art and crafts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Master the art of traditional fire lighting, from learning to use a flint and steel to bow drill friction fire making. Understand the science of fire, what its elements are, how it's made and managed in a safe way. Learn to use a bow saw safely to cut wood suitable for burning.
  • Prepare and cook a lunch over the fire. Learn about Autumnal foraged foods found in nature such as blackberries, nettles etc and how to use them and understand their health benefits. Learn to use kitchen tools, such as small knives and peelers safely. Understand food and personal hygiene when preparing and cooking food.
  • Connect with nature and take sometime to focus on the very simple pleasures of the world to bring calm to our minds, become more mindful and improve own wellbeing, through the use of a variety of mindfulness techniques and activities that can be transferable to everyday life.
  • Be able to create a den/natural shelter, by working in small groups, discussing ideas and creating a den using the materials found in the woodland. Thinking about the design and construction, the size and its use.
  • Create own mixed media artworks on canvas or wood, using the woodlands as inspiration and natural materials found in the woodlands, such as acorn cups, cones, Autumnal leaves, sticks etc.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please bring your own gardening gloves. Your own packed lunch and spare drink Wear old clothes, long trousers and adequate outdoor footwear Waterproofs are recommended (trousers and jacket)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Woodland Activities (Reaching Out)

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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