By Mary Jones 2nd October 2020

Every year, we welcome thousands of people to FSC centres to learn new interests. Many people also achieve volunteer and professional roles to support the natural environment and boost their wellbeing.

Already, we’ve received lovely messages of support for our courses, especially as FSC centres have become Covid-Secure to reopen to adults and school groups. Thank you.

For 2021, we’ll offer courses across a range of fun and important subjects – whether you know a little or a lot – including favourite subjects such as painting, sketching, plants, fungi, invertebrates, vertebrates and many more. We’ll also offer you new courses online and at more places across the country, in addition to courses at FSC centres.  

As always, FSC courses will link to our popular biodiversity identification guides, available here, and be co-created and delivered with our wonderful tutors and partner organisations, including accreditation options.

Combined, this approach is now known as Eco-Skills.

What next?

At this time of year, FSC would usually post you a brochure listing all the upcoming courses for the following year.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has stopped us producing this brochure. This is because of reduced availability of places and people to plan a full programme. Plus, the latest Government guidance continues to change what courses we can run safely, so any brochure will be out of date very quickly. The environmental and financial costs of distributing brochures is now also too high to be sustainable for our charity.

The first group of courses will be online later this year or early next, and then more courses will be added throughout the year ready to browse with a cup of tea.

Combined, these changes will let FSC offer you a great range of up to date courses, safely, and at the best price possible within our charitable resources.  

We hope that you’re excited to hear about our plans and understand the changes.

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