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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Working with Visually Impaired students in North Wales

The project, funded by the National Lottery, gives over 100 young people with visual impairments the opportunity to visit FSC Rhyd y creuau Field Centre for a residential with 3 days of activities in Snowdonia National Park. It is a 3 year project, with 3 residential trips each year (2010 – 2012). Over the course of the trip the young people work together to undertake a range of challenging activities in the outdoor environment. Activities include river investigations exploring what lives in the water courses around the centre, mountain walks, climbing, gorge scrambling and team building challenges.

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Key objectives of the project include:

  • Developing new teaching skills, styles and resources to delivering outdoor education for young people who are visually impaired.
  • Increased social skills amongst young people on the courses, including ‘independant living’ skills.
  • Increased confidence to enter and explore new and unfamiliar locations.
  • Increased understanding and experience of the natural environment amongst all young people involved in the residentail courses.