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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. NHSN 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

NHSN members will receive an e-newsletter announcing when Winter 2019 education courses are open for booking. We will advertise our courses on the website here, each of which will include a link to Eventbrite where you can register and pay for a place.

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

7th
January
2019

The Age of the Dinosaurs - Mondays

The Age of the Dinosaurs - Mondays

Monday mornings starting 07 January, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Course tutor: Derek Teasdale
Course length: 10 sessions
Course structure: indoor sessions

The dinosaurs can be recognised as a separate group from the middle of the Triassic period (ca. 235 Ma), and were at their most abundant until the end-Cretaceous mass extinction (65 Ma).  Fortunately, rocks of the right age can be found nearby in Yorkshire which allows us to ask questions such as: What was the environment like at that time?  Which dinosaurs migrated across the North East?  Find out whether they really became extinct.

Cost: £85 (concessions £76)

To book a place on this course, please go to Eventbrite here.

10th
January
2019

The Age of the Dinosaurs - Thursdays

The Age of the Dinosaurs - Thursdays

Thursday mornings starting 10 January, 10.30am-12.30pm

N.B. This course is now fully booked.

Course tutor: Derek Teasdale
Course length: 10 sessions
Course structure: indoor sessions

The dinosaurs can be recognised as a separate group from the middle of the Triassic period (ca. 235 Ma), and were at their most abundant until the end-Cretaceous mass extinction (65 Ma).  We are fortunate that rocks of the right age can be found nearby in Yorkshire.  What was the environment like at that time?  Which dinosaurs migrated across the North East?  Find out whether they really became extinct.

Cost: £85 (concessions £76)

To book a place on this course, please go to Eventbrite here.

16th
January
2019

From the Moon to the Distant Universe - recent developments in astronomy

From the Moon to the Distant Universe - recent developments in astronomy

Starting Wednesday 16 January, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Course tutor: Fred Stevenson
Course length: 7 sessions
Course structure: mainly indoor sessions with at least 1 field trip

In this course, we will discuss the many exciting discoveries currently being made thanks to a new generation of huge telescopes based around the world and from spacecraft now visiting various asteroids and planets in our solar system. They give us a unique insight into our origins and place in the universe. The course will also contain at least one observational session to observe the night sky and hopefully see some of the objects that we talk about during the course.

This course will be held in the Percy Building on Newcastle University Campus. For a map of Newcastle University Campus, please click here.

Cost: £65 (concessions £55)

To book a place on this course, please go to Eventbrite here.

31st
January
2019

Winter Birdwatching - Durham

Winter Birdwatching - Durham

Fieldfare © Richard Potts

Thursday mornings starting 31 January, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Course tutor: Keith Bowey
Course length: 10 sessions
Course structure: 5 indoor sessions, 5 field trips

Learn more about birdwatching and how to better identify the birds you see. Keith Bowey leads this 10-week course on the birds of North East England and their habitats. Indoor sessions will take place at Shakespeare Hall, Durham, DH1 4SQ.

Cost: £85 (concessions £76)

To book a place on this course, please go to Eventbrite here.

31st
January
2019

Winter Birdwatching - Newcastle

Winter Birdwatching - Newcastle

Fieldfare © Richard Potts

Thursday afternoons starting 31 January, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Course tutor: Keith Bowey
Course length: 10 sessions
Course structure: 5 indoor sessions, 5 field trips

Learn more about birdwatching and how to better identify the birds you see. Keith Bowey leads this 10-week course on the birds of North East England and their habitats. Indoor sessions will take place in the NHSN Council Room at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

Cost: £85 (concessions £76)

To book a place on this course, please go to Eventbrite here.

2nd
February
2019

The Quick and Easy Intro to Birdwatching

The Quick and Easy Intro to Birdwatching

Saturday 02 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Course tutor: Keith Bowey
Course length: 1 day
Course structure: one indoor session, one outdoor session

This one day course will provide a short introduction to birdwatching, covering the ins and outs of the hobby, how you do it and what equipment you may need. This will be supported by a field trip to observe and enjoy a number of birds in an urban setting. The classroom session for this will be based in the NHSN Council Room at the Great North Museum: Hancock, and the outdoor session will be in Leazes Park.

Cost: £30 (concessions £25)

To book a place on this course, please go to Eventbrite here.

23rd
February
2019

Owling at the Moon: an Introduction to the Owls of the North East

Owling at the Moon: an Introduction to the Owls of the North East

Saturday 23 February and Sunday 03 March, 12.30 – 6.30pm

N.B. This course is now fully booked.

Due to popular demand for this course, we are considering running it a second time if there is sufficient interest from our waitlist numbers. To join the waitlist, follow the link below to Eventbrite, click on the green ‘Register’ button and follow the instructions.

Course tutor: Keith Bowey
Course length: 2 days
Course structure: indoor session and field trip for each day

This two-day course will include: an overview of owls (their biology and taxonomy); information on British owls, with an emphasis on those that may be seen/heard in the northeast; and how to find owls, especially by ear.  Each day will finish with a field trip to locations where owls may be seen and heard.

The venue for the classroom sessions will be the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre at Winlaton Mill, in the lower Derwent valley. The field trips will take place in the lower Derwent valley.

Cost: £60 (concessions £50)

To book a place on this course, please go to Eventbrite here.

How to Book

To book a course please follow the Eventbrite link in the course description.

To enroll 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