Learn more about the natural world from local experts in an informal and friendly atmosphere and meet other people who share similar interests.
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.
Society members should have received an e-newsletter announcing that the bookings for Spring/Summer education courses will be taken from Monday 19 March when the course information will go live on our website. From Monday 19 March, 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.
Tuesday mornings starting 01 May, 10.15am
Tuesday afternoons starting 01 May, 1.00pm
This ten-week course will cover Spring migration, bird song and breeding behaviour of species living in the North East. Particular emphasis will be placed on the identification and interpretation of songs, calls and territory. There will be six field meetings, which will cover a wide range of habitats including visits to woodlands, hill valleys, the coast and the Farne Islands.
You can sign up to do either mornings or afternoons. Indoor meetings will start at either 10.15am or 1.00pm.
Cost £88 (Concessions £72)
Monday mornings starting 14 May, 10.30am
Thursday mornings starting 17 May, 10.30am
Learn about some of Northumberland’s best geology on this seven week course with Derek Teasdale. This term we will visit Harbottle Crags and the Drake Stone to see the Fell Sandstone, the Bradford Kaime and glacial history of the Alnwick area, and examine the Carboniferous strata, wildlife and archaeology between Amble and Low Hauxley on the coast. Suitable for all levels of interest. Some of the outdoor trips may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.
Three full-day field trips on 4/6* June, 25/28 June and 02/05 July.
(*Note 06 June is a Wednesday). No classes on 28 and 31 May (half-term).
Cost £60 (Concessions £50).
To book a course please call 0191 208 2790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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