Woodland Activities (Reaching Out)

Ref: C3744691

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. Learn campfire cooking recipes, foraging for wild food and where our food comes from. 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 and socialising. 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, learn about the natural world, our environment and a variety of woodland activities such as fire lighting, den building, whittling, foraging, 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:

  • Learn 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.
  • Go on a foraging walk and learn to identify some edible foods, such Elderflowers and wild garlic. Learn how to make Elderflower cordial and make wild tempura using nettles, wild garlic and Elderflowers. Learn how to stay safe when foraging for wild foods.
  • Where our food comes from. Tour of the Goodwood Est farm, farm to shop, visit the dairy and learn about how the milk is processed and its uses, see cows being milked from viewing gallery. Visit calves, pigs and lambs, why we keep animals on the farm (meat/milk/fleece) Learn about the crops grown on the farm, cereals, wheat, oats and barley, how they are processed and how we use them. Discuss wild shoots on the farm, i.e deer and pheasants, food and woodland management methods.
  • Learn about natural tie-dyeing techniques, use nettles, turmeric, fruit such as raspberries or blackcurrants to create natural colours to tie-dye material.
  • Learn to use hand tools in a safe way. Use a knife to whittle and fashion a piece of wood into a simple knife and fork and use a saw to cut fire wood or wood slices for crafts, necklaces or decorations.

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
  • Bring your own gardening gloves. Your own packed lunch and spare drink Wear old clothes, long trousers and adequate outdoor footwear Waterproofs, trousers and jacket £20.00 contribution towards the cost of a cooked lunch, drinks and snacks for the complete course, payable at start of course

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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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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