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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. Latest courses on this page.

Courses start in the autumn, after Christmas and after Easter and are usually open for booking 2 months in advance. Please contact us to reserve your place.

Current and upcoming courses

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.

To enrol on our courses you must usually be a member of the Natural History Society of Northumbria unless stated. 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