What is the Learning Without Walls initiative?
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.
Nature Rangers Programme
Children from local Primary Schools have the opportunity to participate in local after-schools Nature Ranger programmes. Pupils are picked up after school and spend every afternoon outside in local woodlands and parks. Income generated from the programme goes to supporting local Schools and Nurseries in becoming Forest Schools.
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.