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Education courses

Learn more about the natural world from local experts in an informal and friendly atmosphere and meet other people who share similar interests.

Northumbrian Botany class field trip, Long Byres, Shaftoe Crags © Janet Simkin

Courses cover a range of topics including geology, botany, astronomy and ornithology. Courses vary in length from 4-20 weeks, with many consisting of indoor classroom sessions and outdoor field trips. The Society is fortunate to have experienced and knowledgeable
course tutors. Student feedback has consistently rated the course content, teaching style and lecturers’ knowledge very highly.

Current and upcoming courses

Society members should have received an e-newsletter announcing that the bookings for Winter education courses will be taken from Monday 4th December when the course information will go live on our website.  From Monday 4th December, please email or phone the office to check availability on your chosen course.  Once your place is reserved please pay for your course, preferably online to reduce administrative costs.

Education courses are only open to Society members.  Everyone is welcome to join the Society.

15th
January
2018

Geology Answers

Geology Answers

Course Tutor Derek Teasdale

Monday mornings starting 15 January, 10:30am
Thursday mornings starting 18 January, 10.30am

Last term, Derek Teasdale asked his class to submit their favourite geology questions. What did they most want to know? The subjects covered everything, from plate tectonics to volcanoes to dinosaurs. Join this ten-week indoor course for the surprising answers.

Cost £88 (Concessions £72)

17th
January
2018

Rainbows, Halos and Glories

Rainbows, Halos and Glories

Course Tutor Fred Stevenson

Wednesday evenings starting January 17, 7pm

Everyone is familiar with the beauty of the rainbow, but how many people understand exactly how they are formed? Over this seven-week course, Fred Stevenson will explain the formation of rainbows in detail. We will also discuss the host of other optical marvels that can be seen in the sky, including halos, coronas, sun pillars, sundogs and glories.

Cost £60 (Concessions £50)

17th
January
2018

Wildlife Digital Photography

Wildlife Digital Photography

Course Tutor David Noble Rollin

Wednesday afternoons starting 17 January 2018, 1pm

20-week course with David Noble-Rollin, introducing the basic techniques of camera settings and field skills required to undertake bird, close-up, flash and landscape photography. There will be field meetings to practise the photographic techniques and indoor practical sessions with laptops aimed at learning editing skills and creating an editing workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements.

Cost £162 (Concessions £139)

18th
January
2018

Winter Birdwatching

Winter Birdwatching

Course Tutor Keith Bowey

Durham – Thursday mornings starting 18 January, 10:30 – 12:30pm
Newcastle – Thursday afternoons starting 18 January, 2 – 4pm
Field trips – 1:30 – 3:30pm

These ten-week courses with Keith Bowey comprise five two-hour indoor sessions and five field trips, covering a variety of winter topics designed to bring participants greater enjoyment and understanding from watching birds in their habitats.

The indoor and outdoor sessions alternate, and the field trips will include visits to RSPB Saltholme for waders and wildfowl, the South Shields coast for sanderling and rock pipit, and the Weardale uplands for black grouse and moorland waders.

Cost £88 (Concessions £72)

How to Book

To book a course please call 0191 208 2790 or email nhsn@ncl.ac.uk we will reserve your place and advise you how to make your payment. Once you have reserved your place, you can make an online payment by clicking here.  Receipt of payment will confirm your place.

To enrol on our courses you must be a member of the Natural History Society of Northumbria. For details of membership click here.

Our courses vary in length, costs and the amount of time spent on field trips or in the classroom, so please check each course for details. All our courses are suitable for beginner and intermediate level unless stated otherwise.

For outdoor classes you will need to make your own way to the meeting point (although we encourage car sharing where possible). You will also need to be physically able to walk on unsurfaced paths and up steps/slopes.

Unless stated, classroom sessions take place either in the Great North Museum: Hancock or the University of Newcastle campus, both in central Newcastle upon Tyne.

If you have questions about any of our courses, please contact us and we will be pleased to help, or you can download our full terms and conditions.

What Others Say

I really love being able to get to grips with specimens indoors, and then having the opportunity to see what we had studied actually growing outdoors. Fascinating!

Fiona Aungier, LOWER PLANTS STUDENT

I enjoy the course very much. Really, it’s just getting together with knowledgeable friends!

Barry McWilliam, QUATERNARY STUDENT

I like everything about my course! Our tutor is great, I really enjoy the field trips and you make friends with people who have the same interests.

Sylvia Jones, BIRDS OF THE NORTH EAST STUDENT

Having the courses in the Society’s home at the Great North Museum: Hancock enables us to look at the actual fossil specimens and appreciate them more.

Rose Kay, ORIGINS OF MAN STUDENT