Environmental Education Project
Our Environmental Education Project team develops and runs school and public events and activities across the District and The National Forest.
Based at Rosliston Forestry Centre, it holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and works with partners such as the National Forest Company, Rolls-Royce PLC, The Woodland Trust and Sainsbury's to provide interesting and engaging opportunities locally and nationally. We won national awards for our work in 2003, 2014 and 2017.
The aim is to enable people to learn about the environment whilst having fun. We also promote the built environment and the District’s unique cultural and industrial heritage.
We have comprehensive up-to-date risk assessments which we can work through with you - for example to ensure appropriate social distancing.
Events and activities include Apple Day and free tree giveaways, gardening drop-ins, science discovery days and family fun ‘Wildlife Watch’ sessions (pdf, 3.1mb) like pond-dipping. We also have self-guided trails for Rosliston and Swadlincote.
For schools, we deliver sessions linked to the curriculum subjects, including science, geography, history, music, literacy, technology, maths, art and design.
Our sessions are designed to appeal to all pupils, whatever their ability or preferred learning style. They include titles like ‘Working the Woods - past, present and future' (where you develop your own trail routes), as well as more traditional environmental education.
More hands-on experiences include bushcraft, fire-lighting/campfire cooking and ‘Forest School’ taster days.
We also offer a tailor-made package for schools - you tell us your requirements and we will do our best to deliver a package to suit you and your pupils. This may include training for you and your colleagues. We would be happy to meet you, show you the facilities and discuss your requirements in person.
There are regular updates on our activities and other opportunities for schools on our Facebook page and in the National Forest Facebook Group for Schools. You can also find us on Twitter @RoslistonEnvEd.