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Politics, geography, geology, psychology and sociology are all part of our offer alongside science, nature and ecology. Come along and find out more about a subject that may be new to you and take the opportunity to see how you can apply your learning in your local community. Many of our natural and social science courses offer opportunities to get involved in practical activities too.

Adventures in Summer Astronomy View details

An introduction to Astronomy, this course will cover the basics of: what is visible in the night sky with the naked eye: the constellations, the moon and the planets. For the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon-landings, we will look in a little more detail at the moon.

CSI - Who Grabbed the Great Goblet? View details

A challenge to assess a crime scene, look at investigative techniques & assess the level of evidence to secure a court conviction & decide on an appropriate sentence.

Day School: "Politics - what's the point?" Understanding Government View details

Too many people say "oh, I don't really do politics", but actually politics is around us all of the time - it's in the home, in the workplace, and definitely in the pub. After trying to find a consensus between us of what this word means in practice, we shall look at the history of democratic ideas & principles, so as to understand how we got to where we are today. How can we use our political institutions in the UK? What decision-making processes do we most want to influence? What power - if any - do we really have (or are supposed to have)? Maybe we prefer to follow the advice of the anarchist Emma Goldman who famously said that if politics really achieved anything, they would make it illegal ...? Do we, in the so-called developed countries of the west, have a monopoly on how democracy should be defined? The day will be very much based upon discussion - and there will be plenty to talk about!

Day School: The Earth Is All Before Us View details

Many of us are becoming increasingly cut off from the natural world through urban lives and our devotion to the technological miracles that surround us. We are slowly succumbing to a condition known as ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’, whose symptoms include experiences of exhaustion and depression. How can we help ourselves and cheer up? A recent upsurge in nature-writing explores the importance of our connectedness with nature, at a personal level. This connectedness can sharpen our awareness of beauty and raise our spirits; it can also restore our sense of wonder and well-being.

How Parliament Works View details

A one-day workshop covering the roles of Members of Parliament, the passage of a Bill and how to influence your MP.

Living Willow Garden Structure Taster View details

On this course we will maintain an existing living willow garden structure by pruning with handtools and creatively using basic weaving techniques. We will weave some willow into the structure to enhance it's shape and strength.

Maintaining a Living Willow Garden Structure View details

On this course we will maintain an existing living willow garden structure by pruning with handtools and creatively using basic weaving techniques. We will weave some willow into the structure to enhance it's shape and strength.

Nature Matters: getting to grips with British wildlife View details

A course of practical wildlife watching trips in different locations introducing the main groups of wild creatures in Britain. Learn to identify a range of species with hands-on investigations including sweep netting, pond and stream dipping. The course examines the interaction of different organisms within ecosystems and the survival challenges faced by British Wildlife.

Planning for Housing and Green Spaces: Case Studies View details

Planning has the positive potential to create places people want to live in, but often it turns into a blame game: Local Planning Authorities for slow decisions, local people for 'just saying no' to new housing, and developers for building the wrong houses in the wrong places. This course is an opportunity through 'hands-on' case studies (realistic but invented for the purpose of the course) to experience the issues involved from different angles - the local people affected by housing need or loss of valued green spaces; the developer needing to make a profit; the small housing company trying to provide quality housing people need; the Local Planning Authority expected to meet housing targets while protecting what local people value.

Suffolk Day: Wildlife and Landscapes of Minsmere and Dunwich Heath View details

This course is aimed to inspire and educate students, using a wide range of colourful slides, about the extensive range of flora and fauna found around the reserves of Dunwich Heath NT and Minsmere RSPB. Species looked at include reed dwelling birds, ducks, geese and wading birds. A range of woodland and heathland butterflies and wild flowers are also explained in some details. Orchids found on both reserves are also included showing area where they thrive well and when they can be seen at their best. The course is also interactive with a wide range of questions and answers also welcomed from the students. Such species include Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Bearded Tit, Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Stonechat, Stone CurleW and butterflies including The White Admiral and Silver Studded Blue. Woodland birds found around RSPB Minsmere are also covered will the use of bird song, bird call and ID pointers (ie. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Goldcrest)