Our diverse and educational John Muir five day residential course includes a range of activities, focusing on the theme of nature and conservation.

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Spend a week immersing yourself in nature, making new friends and learning new skills. This residential is packed with a range of activities based around the theme of nature and conservation.

Sessions might include learning about the local wildlife, experiencing flora and fauna on a spectacular walk, taking part in a local conservation project, and trying out a range of bushcraft skills in nearby woodland.

It is ideal for any young people looking to get first-hand experience of conservation in action.

This course is perfect for young people aged between 16 and 25 years, with an interest in nature and their environment. No prior experience is required, so why not come along and learn about the nature and conservation of the area.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications.

Transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the lead
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

You will be able to achieve the John Muir Award by the end of the week, and if you are doing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, this course is also an ideal way to complete the ‘Residential’ section of the award.

The John Muir Award focuses on four key areas: Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share. The four Challenges promote a holistic approach to outdoor experiences.

This course is open to young people aged 16-25. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.  If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian.

If these course dates do not suit you, we run similar courses at many of our other centres.

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Example Timetable

Example Timetable

Day 1
Arrive at 12.30pm
Afternoon
Lunch, Welcome and Introductions
Familiarise yourself with your surroundings and get to know your team.
Explore the stunning Slapton Ley National Nature reserve
Discuss personal aims and objectives for the week
Team building games
Evening
Night Walk
Head up into the woods for a night time exploration of this magical ancient habitat. There might even be some time to test your survival skills with some fire lighting and shelter building.

Day 2
Morning/Afternooon
Practical Conservation with the Nature Reserve Team
A day with our nature reserve staff, carrying out practical conservation projects around the reserve. Help us improve the mosaic of habitats in the reserve or improve access for the general public.
Tasks may include:
Removing non-native species in our woodlands
Cutting scrub, to stop encroachment into grassland
Constructing steps or stiles and clearing paths
Evening
Mammal trapping
An introduction to the use of Longworth traps and small mammal surveys.

Day 3
Morning
Rocky Shore
After checking your mammal traps you’ll head to Gorah Rocks for some rockpooling! You will explore the diversity of life in this amazing ecosystem, and collect data to contribute to a national survey programme documenting the state of our rocky shore ecosystems, particularly thinking about the impact of invasive species and climate change.
Evening
Bat walk
Slapton Ley is a great place to see bats: with 14 species recorded on the reserve (there are 18 found in the UK), a high population density of soprano pipistrelles and a large maternity roost of lesser horseshoe bats. You will hopefully get to see and hear (using specialist detectors) some of these species on a dusk bat walk.

Day 4
Morning/Afternooon
Paignton Zoo
A day Paignton Zoo which, like Slapton Ley NNR, is owned by Wild Planet Trust. You’ll learn all about the conservation and research work of the zoo and have time have to have a good look around at creatures great and small.
Evening
Beach fire
Relax around the fire – a chance to reflect on your experiences of the week and maybe toast a marshmallow or two.

Day 5
Morning
WIldlife Habitats
Afternoon
Reflection and final review of the course.

Depart 1500

Please note: to ensure safe and quality learning experiences for students, the timetable may alter depending on weather conditions and local factors at centres.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Lunch

Before You Attend

What shall I bring?  

  • Boots or wellingtons
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Hat and Gloves for warm and cold weather
  • Wash kit
  • Suitable clothing for the time of year
  • Small day rucksack
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle and lunch box

This course is open to young people aged 16-25. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.  If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 24, July 2023 12:00 - Fri 28, July 2023 15:00

    This is an amazing opportunity to work with the Nature Reserve and Education staff at Slapton Ley Field Centre, surveying the variety of wildlife found on the reserve and engaging in vital conservation work to help protect and enhance it.

    Location
    Slapton Ley
    Region
    South West
    Price
    £370.00
    Tutor
    Centre Staff
    Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item
  • Mon 14, August 2023 12:00 - Fri 18, August 2023 15:00

    Set in Flatford Mill at the heart of Constable Country in Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this course includes visits to the local RSPB sites, as well as surveying sites and habitats.

    Region
    East of England
    Price
    £370.00
    Tutor
    Centre Staff
    Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item