What is the Learning Without Walls initiative?
The Learning Without Walls initiative is the vision of Lady Dufferin and the collaboration of the Dufferin Foundation and the Northern Ireland Forest School Association (NIFSA).
Children are suffering from nature deficit disorder, a term used by Michael Louv in his book "Last Child in the Woods". Evidence is showing that children are suffering from serious mental and physical health issues because they are not spending time outside.
The Learning Without Walls initiative is a series of programmes all designed to get children learning outside in the natural environment with their schools, youth groups and families.
Get involved with Learning Without Walls now. Choose the right programme or programmes for you from the list below.
Clandeboye Nature Rangers Programme
Based in Clandeboye Estate in Bangor, County Down, pupils from local schools take part in an after-school Forest School. They explore and learn all about the 1,000 acres of natural woodland on the estate. School holiday Forest School schemes are also available.
Forest School Families
Register your family for free with the Forest School Family scheme. Once registered you will be shown some simple practical activities that all your family can enjoy in the local Park. Forest School Family Residential weekends will be held regularly at Clandeboye Estate in Bangor.
Forest School Awards
This is the official Outreach Programme for the Learning Without Walls initiative. The Forest School Awards encourage, inspire, train and support local schools and organisations to become accredited Forest Schools. Regular teacher training courses will be held at Clandeboye Estate.