Trees are all around us, and they are integral to our mental and physical wellbeing.

During this course you will start at the very basics of what a tree is and build from there, learning about their biology and ecology. Later topics take you through introducing the two main types of tree in this country – coniferous and broadleaf trees.

This is a 4-week course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.
More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

All you need is an interest in this fascinating topic which will be developed through the following topics:

    • What is a Tree?
    • Tree Biology and Ecology
    • Introduction to Common Coniferous Trees
    • Introduction to Common Broadleaf Trees

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Explain how trees fit into the plant kingdom, the key differences between angiosperms and gymnosperms, and the basic structure of a tree.
    • Understand the basics of tree photosynthesis, life cycles, habitats, niches, ecosystem services.
    • Recognise by key characteristics some of the most common conifers in the UK.
    • Recognise by key characteristics some of the most common broadleaf trees in the UK.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

This is a training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about trees with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of the plant kingdom. The FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

Laurie Wildwood is a professional Ecological Consultant and botany tutor who, with his refreshing approach, aims to inspire adults and children to explore and appreciate the natural world. His professional background is in ecology, conservation and habitat management.

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 10:00 am (BST):

    • Friday 30th April 2021 at 10:00 - 10:45 am
    • Friday 7th May 2021 at 10:00 - 10:45 am
    • Friday 14th May 2021 at 10:00 - 10:45 am
    • Friday 21st May 2021 at 10:00 - 10:45 am

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend. 

Example Timetable

Week 1: What is a tree?

Self-study material available: 23/04/2021
Online activities due: 30/04/2021 at 9:00 am
Week 1 Live Webinar: 30/04/2021 at 10:00 am

Week 2: Tree ecology and biology

Self-study material available: 30/04/2021
Online activities due: 07/05/2021 at 9:00 am
Week 2 Live Webinar: 07/05/2021 at 10:00 am

Week 3: Introducing common coniferous trees

Self-study material available: 07/05/2021
Online activities due: 14/05/2021 at 9:00 am
Week 3 Live webinar: 14/05/201 at 10:00 am

Week 4: Introducing common broadleaf trees

Self-study material available: 14/05/2021
Online activities due: 21/05/2021 at 9:00 am
Week 4 Live webinar: 21/05/2021 at 10:00 am

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 28/05/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2 - 3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the Zoom session.

What's Included

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
    • Exercises to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Before You Attend

  • Once you sign up you’ll get an email 48 hours ahead of the course start date with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.
  • Webinars are via zoom, so you won’t need any new software to attend.

Please note that bookings will close 48 hours ahead of the course start date to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.

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