We deliver our Education and Team building programmes to schools across Northern Ireland and we also work with nurseries. village community groups, youth offenders, adults with learning difficulties, students with a wide range of special needs, and family learning groups.
Children attending our outdoor programmes will be challenged in an engaging outdoor environment, enabling the learning of core values which are transferable across all areas of life. Our educational programmes and team building activities are run by experienced forest rangers and professional outdoor instructors, who are trained in a range of practical skills and in the provision of a supportive learning environment.
- Bringing children into regular and repeated contact with their local outdoor environment brings many benefits;
- Encourage emotional growth, self reliance and independence, allowing participants to take responsibility for their own learning and development
- Promote holistic and individualised development through the encouragement of child initiated projects extended with sensitive adult support.
- Develop respect and care for the natural world, and increase knowledge and understanding of the outdoors.
- Improve physical strength and stamina through regular access to a varied and challenging environment
- Increase practical skills, coordination and dexterity through the use of tools and natural resources to make chosen artefacts.
- Help build personal and social skills and to aid the building of relationships within real life contexts.
- Enthuse participants to transmit their experiences through writing, storytelling and pictures back in their educational setting.
- Extend knowledge and enthusiasm of the programme at home, as children are keen to show their skills and encourage family members into the outdoors
- Be an important factor in choice of further study and employment
Education – Key Stage 1 & 2
Our educational programmes are tailored to meet specific curriculum requirements and we can adapt our offering to suit your school and student needs.
Nature walk and talk
Ideally for Key Stage 1 groups, this looks at the ecology of the park, following the marked trail to the Gruffalo, Fairy Glen area of the forest park. This will give children an introduction to the trees, plants, birds and insects that can be found in the park. Children will complete colouring using bark rubbing, building picture frames of their finds in the forest and will also complete tree and leaf identification.
Pond/Tree studies and mini-beasts
Ideally for Key Stage 1 &2, this will incorporate pond dipping using nets and trays, giving children the opportunity to identify some of the wildlife that can be found in Colin Glen. Children will also work out the age and height of trees and take a further look at tree and leaf analysis. Finally Children have an introduction into mini beasts, looking at their habitat, what types of minibeasts exist in Colin Glen, what they eat and how to identify minibeasts.
Education – Key Stage 3 & 4
For older students, we delve deeper and evolve our programmes to meet advanced teaching needs. Our field studies are also a great compliment to classroom studies and students engage in a range of different activities which will benefit learning in the classroom.
Pond/Tree studies and minibeasts
Ideally for Key Stage 3, this is a progression aimed at 11-14 year olds, incorporating pond dipping using nets, trays and bug boxes. Looking into food chains and the private life of plants specifically light and dark environments. Finally Children will collect mini beasts in bug boxes, identifying their finds against charts, understanding the difference in types of mini-beast and how they survive in their environment.
River studies and geography
Ideally for Key Stage 4, this involves the understanding of how the Colin river is formed, visiting up to 10 sites and checking the depth, flow, velocity, bed load of the river, completing kick sampling looking at river bed sediment and rocks. This field study is a great compliment to classroom studies.
- £6 per child for half day (09.30-12.30pm), with minimum of 15 maximum of 30
- £10 per child for full day (09.30-3.00pm), with minimum of 15 maximum of 30
Team Building Activities
Looking for an exciting way for new classmates to bond or to encourage better teamwork in the classroom? Our induction and team building programmes are the perfect way to break the ice and get your group communicating better with each other.