Woodland Activities (Reaching Out)

Ref: C3744701

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 first hand through a series of engaging and achievable activities. Learn to use a variety of hand tools in a safe way to create basic woodcrafts. Learn how to build and manage a campfire and master the art of fire lighting using a flint and steel. Mindfulness activities to promote general wellbeing. Natural arts and crafts. Learn about the woodlands and its flora and fauna. The fire circle and camp fire 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.

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, whittling, hand tool use, cooking activities, 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:

  • Be able to create and light a campfire using a flint and steel. Know the types of woods suitable for burning and how to safely use a bow saw or loppers to prepare wood for the fire.
  • Learn to whittle a stick using a peeler or knife safely to use as a cooking implement. Be able to cook a selection of different types of campfire snacks such as a cake in an orange, pastry swirls and s'mores.
  • Increased awareness of the woodland site and its flora and fauna. Be able to identify the different trees and some of the plants found. Look for evidence of the various animals that live in the woods, understand their habitat and the areas they live, prints and the marks they make etc.
  • Learn to use a bow saw and drill safely to create basic woodcrafts such as a woodland necklace and spinners, decorate and make your own.
  • Create own mixed media artwork 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. A drink and snack if required Wear old clothes, long trousers and adequate outdoor footwear Waterproofs are recommended (trousers and jacket) £5.00 towards the cost of cookery activities and drinks for the complete course, pre-paid 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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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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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