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Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


”Learning Outdoors” Seminar 23 May 2013

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today officially opened the “Learning Outdoors: enriching the curriculum and inspiring children” seminar at Stranmillis University College


The College, in partnership with the DOE and Sport Northern Ireland, is encouraging School Principals and policymakers to enable children to benefit from learning outdoors.

Opening the Seminar Minister Attwood commented: “Today marks a fresh opportunity for our youngest people. For too long the outdoors has been presented as hazardous and dirty. Our young children need to be able to explore their natural environment in order to better understand it. That is the great value in the event. It builds on the eco– schools project. It creates new environment choices for schools and children.

“By learning outdoors, the teachers will encourage children to be active and learn about the environment. It will improve children’s attitudes towards the environment by encouraging all to reduce waste, save water and increase biodiversity which benefits our environment and economy.”

The seminar aimed to take a fresh look at integrating outdoor learning into the everyday curriculum for primary and nursery aged children.

Mike McClure, representing Sport Northern Ireland, commented: “Getting outdoors and closer to nature has all sorts of benefits for our children. It keeps them fit, they can learn about the world around them and most of all it is fun.

“Sport Northern Ireland aims to increase children’s understanding of the need to be active for at least 60 minutes every day, and there’s nothing children enjoy more than exploring outdoors. Learning outdoors gives children opportunity for problem solving, environmental learning and teamwork.”

Examples of best practice already in Northern Ireland were showcased in a series of short case studies from Nursery and Primary schools as well as the RSPB and TidyNI, who run Eco–Schools.

Commenting at the end of the oversubscribed event, Stranmillis University College Principal, Dr Anne Heaslett said: “I congratulate everyone involved in organising this extremely successful event and welcome the Minister’s endorsement. Understanding, appreciating and engaging with the natural environment is a key priority in the 21st century. Stranmillis University College intends to develop this further and ensure that learning outdoors, in all its forms, becomes an integral part of all courses offered at Stranmillis, starting initially with Early Years education.”

Stranmillis College intends to develop this further and ensure that learning outdoors in all its forms becomes an integral part of all courses offered at Stranmillis, starting initially with early years training.