Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival 2015

Scotland’s BIG nature festival is back 23-24 May, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh! There’s loads to keep wildlife lovers and families entertained all weekend. This  award-winning festival has gone from strength to strength – boasting a packed programme covering everything from specialist wildlife talks, walks and demos,  loads of children’s activities like storytelling, puppet shows, bug bioblitz, pond dipping, willow weaving and loads more ways to give your intrepid wildlife explorers a really wild day out!   

This year RSPB has teamed up with East Lothian Council and have a fantastic new venue, renown for its open spaces and wildlife, overlooking the Firth of Forth and part of the John Muir Way. Over 100 exhibitors offer something for everybody, from the latest wildlife technology, fantastic science, art, books, and much more.   

Visitors can enjoy great locally sourced artisan food and drink, and a farmers market in association with Scotland Year of Food and Drink, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets please visit www.bignaturefestival.org.uk  (adults £12 Children £2 under 5’s free).

For more information about the festival click here…….RSPB Families leaflet_HR

Staff CLPL and Pupil Winter skills weekends 2015

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We’ve scheduled two Winter Skills weekends for 2015, both staying at self-catering accommodation in Badaguish in the Cairngorms.  Both weekends leave from the Outdoor Learning Service base , meeting on the Friday at 2pm, returning on the Sunday evening.  All technical and outdoor equipment, transport and catering provided.

Staff CLPL Winter Skills  – Fri 27th Feb – Sun 1st Mar 2015 – £95 ELC (£150 external)

This course is aimed at providing ELC teachers and community leaders with the skills and experiences required to journey in the Scottish mountains in winter. If you’re working with groups, or working towards a walking or navigation award this course will help you gain experience and challenge you to operate in an environment beyond the scope of your current award.

For teachers this course can contribute towards your GTC Professional Update , specifically your Professional Action to help ‘understand and develop the most appropriate contexts and environments for learning including outdoor learning, and be able to apply appropriate pedagogies for these environments.’

To book yourself on a Staff CLPL course please download a booking form from here and return to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk

Pupil Winter Skills – Fri 27th Mar – Sun 29th Mar 2015 – £95

This will give pupils the chance to experience the Scottish hills in winter; providing them with a range of skills and experiences including use of ice-axe and crampons, assessing snow conditions and planning and journeying in Winter.  The course if aimed at 6th year pupils, specifically those who want to be challenged and learn the fundamentals needed to safely enjoy the Scottish mountains in winter.

To book your pupils on this course, or if you would like to join the course and help with the pupils from your school please contact aduff@elcschool.org.uk.

Bring on the snow!

Fertile Ground Conference

FERTILE GROUND CONFERENCE
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25 & 26 October 2014, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, East Lothian

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North Light Arts will deliver the ‘Fertile Ground Conference’ on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian, with the aim of creating a space to nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

Speakers include: Chris Fremantle of Eco Arts Scotland; Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel + Scullion; Judy Spark of Grays School of Art; Natalie Walton, Head of Education, Hepworth Wakefield and Matt Baker of The Environmental Art Festival Scotland. There will also be artists presentations from Robbie Coleman, Jo Hodges, Emma Herman-Smith, Hannah Imlach, Karen Gabbitas, Akshaya Narsimhan and Diandra Saginatari.

Creative Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have provided funding to enable North Light Arts to deliver this conference which aims to cultivate a fertile ground in which to discover the unique potential of our locality through engaging artists, environmental visionaries, science specialists and local organisations, developing an active process of dialogue, debate and cross pollination.

To book follow this link http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/north-light-arts-7266976227
Free creche and children’s workshop for delegates to the Saturday morning talks: please book early. Discount for EH42 postcode

For further information email: infonorthlightarts@gmail.com
Please book early.

 

 

 

The Ecover Schools Blue Mile

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The national focus day will this year take place on 6th June where schools across the country will join our nationwide campaign and do something amazing for our seas, shores and wildlife.

It is a great opportunity to teach outdoor learning and a wide range of curriculum subjects, and get local communities involved. There are several ideas of how schools can join in in our information booklet and schools webpage.

 

 

Project Ability – ‘Celebrate’ Commonwealth Visual Arts Opportunity

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Project Ability is one of Scotland’s leading visual arts organisations, supporting people of all ages with disabilities and mental health issues to explore their creative potential.

As part of our celebrations for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are offering ten Scottish schools the opportunity to work with our experienced visual artists to help create a large scale fabric banner, which will be displayed in Glasgow City Centre later this year.

Exploring ‘Flowers of the Commonwealth’ pupils will have the opportunity to create a fantastic flower patch through a one day, school based workshop. Our online resource pack will enable children and young people from across Scotland and the Commonwealth to explore Commonwealth culture through the investigation of national flowers, and contribute their own flower patch to our final banner.

Workshops will take place in school from April-June 2014. There is no cost involved for participation in this programme and all specialist tuition and materials are included. We are looking to work with ASN schools from across the country as well as specialist support units and children and young people with additional support needs who are supported in mainstream education.

Workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis, we predict there will be a high demand and interested schools who are not within the first ten to respond will be placed on a waiting list.

To register your schools interest in this programme please email create@project-ability.co.uk with the name of your school and a named contact for this project.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or need additional information at this stage. Further information on Project Ability can be found on our website – www.project-ability.co.uk

Project Ability’s ‘Flowers of the Commonwealth’ is funded by the National Lottery through the Celebrate programme.

 

Local Orienteering Events

East Lothian Orienteers are putting on a local orienteering event at North Berwick Lodge Grounds.

This small, friendly event will be an ideal introduction for all interested in orienteering; young people that have previously engaged in orienteering through school and Outdoor Learning training events; all staff that have recently undertaken (or are about to) Teaching Orienteering 1 through Outdoor Learning; in fact anyone of any age with an interest in a fantastic competitive sport.

It will be a great event for those with no previous experience of the wonderful sport of Orienteering. Further local events are on the poster below.

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Look forward to seeing you there.

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS)

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The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) was set up by Friends of the Award (FOTA) in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.  JASS is a personal achievement award, initially designed for pupils in P6 to S2 to support the transition from primary school to senior school.

JASS is designed to fit with the objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence and has four sections – Get Active, Stay Active, Me and My World, My Interests and Adventure.  The aim of JASS is to encourage children to develop new skills and interests, recognise their achievements and build their self confidence and self-esteem.  The award is flexible and can be tailored to the interests and abilities of individuals.

The take up of JASS in Edinburgh schools has been excellent and we are now in a position to deliver JASS outwith Edinburgh.  The latest newsletter has been attached for your information JASS Newsletter winter pdf  and you can also access further information, including case studies, on their website at www.jasschools.org.uk

 

 

 

John Muir Festival – sketch competition

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John Muir was not only an inventor, conservationist and author he was also a very accomplished artist who sketched the great outdoors.

To celebrate the John Muir Festival and opening of the John Muir Way we are giving schools the opportunity to win a John Muir—themed class visit at the Scottish Seabird Centre on 22 April 2014 (transport costs included).

To enter the competition: draw a picture using just one pencil on the theme of nature and write one sentence to accompany it. The picture that most captures how it feels to experience and enjoy nature will win the prize.

Terms and Conditions apply, see attached pdf for further details and template.

Closing date: 28 Feb 2014

John Muir Festival Competition

Willow Planting at Inveresk Lodge Garden

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You are invited to help the Lothian Ranger Service plant a variety of willow at Inveresk Lodge Garden. Make the Labyrinth to get lost in and learn how to weave willow arts & crafts.

Sunday 26th January, 10am to 3pm.

FOC (but donations are welcome)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tel: 08444 932 124  Email: lothianranger@nts.org.uk

Warm & waterproof clothing is a must.

www.nts.org.uk