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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years!

  • Location: Tollymore
  • Tutor: Mark O'Connor
  • Dates: Saturday 23 November 2019 to Sunday 24 November 2019
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone

This two-day training workshop offers participants an insight into the practical elements of running an Outdoor Learning programme in the Early Years sector (3-12yrs). Based at Tollymore Field Studies Centre, your tutor will provide you with the skills you need to effectively use nature as a resource, while utilising the natural environment as a stimulating outdoor classroom. The course programme will focus on practical skills and knowledge, with emphasis on planning, weather, risk assessments, health and safety, nature art, woodland eco-systems, shelter building, fire lighting, cutting tools, journeying/navigation, knot work and natural playscapes. The weekend will be structured around experience-based learning, allowing participants enjoy a hands on, practical approach to outdoor learning whilst working in small groups or pairs. No prior outdoor learning experience is necessary and all outdoor waterproof clothing, including wellies, is provided.

Mark O’Connor has been delivering Outdoor Education and Training programmes across the island of Ireland for over 12 years and has been with the Field Studies Council since January 2017. Mark’s teaching style is very much participant focused, with an emphasis on discovery learning through exploration and enjoyment.

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