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Environmental education

Our aim:

‘To develop knowledge, respect for and involvement with the environment through enjoyable and engaging learning opportunities across South Derbyshire and The National Forest’.

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Based at Rosliston Forestry Centre, the Environmental Education Project has been organising a range of public events, environmental courses and school visits across the District and The National Forest since 1994.

We cover the natural environment working with schools, the public, parish councils and South Derbyshire Environmental Forum.

Our work also promotes the built environment and the District’s cultural and industrial heritage linked to Swadlincote Cultural Partnership and Sharpe’s Pottery Museum plus other organisations like Melbourne Civic Society.

We are part of the District Council and work closely with the National Forest Company and with Rolls-Royce PLC, who support our work financially and ‘in kind’ with volunteers to help with tasks on site.

We are proud to display our ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ Quality Badge, the national standard for delivering high quality education programmes.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download our current programmes for walks, school visits, family ‘wildlife watch’ events and other activities.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for people to learn about the environment whilst having fun!

Activities/ initiatives for the public include Apple Day and Free Tree events, guided walks around the local area and family fun ‘Wildlife Watch’ sessions like pond-dipping at Rosliston. We also have self-guided trails for Rosliston and for Swadlincote.

For schools, we deliver sessions linked to the curriculum subjects: science, geography, history, literacy, music and citizenship, which include ‘Minibeast Mysteries,’ ‘Written routes and Woodland Ways’, Forest School, ‘Woodland Experience’ (for example shelter building), and art and craft sessions. We work with all age groups from Early Years to Further Education and adult groups.

We also deliver teacher training activities at Rosliston and at your school.

You can find out more about school visits.

We will also bring our resources and expertise to you and deliver sessions in your school grounds or local woods.

All our activities are risk assessed, and all our staff have ‘Disclosure and Barring Scheme’ checks.

Teaching and activity leaders have a first aid qualification.

Advice, information and downloadable trails and some events are free, but we charge for school visits and other events - see programmes or ask us for details.

You can also look at Nature Detectives which allows you to create and download your own resources!

Picture: 'Students from Merrill College and Nightingale Infants enjoying a visit to Rosliston Forestry Centre in February'

Minibeast mysteries revealed

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Or that the Common Froghopper nymphs make clusters of spit to live in?
These, and many other fascinating facts, are revealed in our new book:

Buy 'Minibeast Mysteries Revealed' Book from The National Forest Gift Shop