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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

16th
January
2017

Climate Change and Geology

Climate Change and Geology

** FULLY BOOKED **

Mondays from 16 January, 10.30am and Thursdays from 19 January, 10.30am

It is now agreed that humans are having a significant impact on climate, but what will the effects be?  How can the geological record help us prepare for an uncertain future? Will carbon capture technology offer a long-term remedy? Join Derek Teasdale for a 10-week introductory course exploring our current understanding of the Earth’s climate.

Cost: £85 (Concessions: £70).

18th
January
2017

Wildlife Digital Photography

Wildlife Digital Photography

Wednesdays 1pm-3pm from 18 January (with a break during April)

Learn how to take fantastic digital photographs of our amazing local wildlife.

Naturalist and photographer, David Noble-Rollin, leads this practical 20-week course aimed at those who have a digital camera but still tend to use it on the automatic settings and would like to take better photographs and improve their wildlife photography techniques. Includes 10 field sessions. Click here for full course programme.

Cost for 20-sessions: £159 (concessions £136).

 

19th
January
2017

Winter Birdwatching

Winter Birdwatching

** FULLY BOOKED **

Thursdays from 19 Jan, 10.30am (Durham) or 2pm (Newcastle)

Learn more about bird watching and how to better identify the birds you see. Keith Bowey leads this 10-week course on the birds of the North East and their habitats, with a focus on County Durham. There will be 5 field trips including Teesmouth, Rainton Meadows, Derwent Valley and South Shields.

Cost: £85 (Concessions: £70)

8th
February
2017

Recent Developments in Astronomy

Recent Developments in Astronomy

Wednesdays from 8 Feb, 7pm

Thanks to a new generation of telescopes and from spacecraft visiting planets, asteroids and comets hardly a day passes without a new astronomical discovery making the headlines. In this 7-week course, Fred Stephenson will discuss the many exciting discoveries being made and the unique insight they give us into our place in the universe. No previous knowledge required.

Cost: £59 (Concessions: £49)

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