This course is now fully booked.
Are you considering studying geography at university? Do you want to enrich you field experience and explore some of the possible career pathways?
Geography is all about the question ‘why here?’ The Field Studies Council is offering a residential set in the stunning Lake District World Heritage site, where you will meet other geography students from around the country, gain lots of transferable skills and use a range of geographical approaches to explore our complex relationship to this landscape.
The course is suitable for a Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold residential. Always check with your leader before booking.
Tutor: Richard PeaslandLed by Richard Peasland.
Arrival at the centre at 12:30
Field day - Get to know the rest of the group with ice breaker team games. Design your own national park, and think about the interactions of all the users.
Evening - Evening Walk- why do people come to the national park? Get to know some of the local natural history.
Field day - Investigating glaciated mountain landscapes. How has the Lake District topography been shaped? Visiting the stunning Easedale valley, we will look at the glacial history of the Lake District and the landscape that it has left behind. On return to the centre, we will look at technologies available to geographers such as GIS and 3D mapping.
Evening - Guest presentation from a professional geographer
Field day - A cultural landscape? The ways in which humans have interacted with the Lake District’s physical environment have changed drastically over the past thousand years. We will think about how the Lake District is used by people and why they live in and visit this place.
Evening - Career session exploring outdoor and environmental education pathways.
Field day - Natural Hazards – living with floods in a warming world
One of the biggest issues facing the Lake District is flooding. We will look at the impact of flooding on Keswick and the current flooding defences and think about how humans have interacted with the landscape to increase the likelihood of flooding. We will interview local first responders to examine the lasting impact of major flooding incidents on Lake District life.
Evening - Geographical problem solving- use information on lots of human and physical factors to plan the most effective and efficient flood defence scheme for a Lake District town.
Field day - Trees, peat and carbon – can rewilding mitigate the climate emergency?
Evening - As geographers, we should be aware of our personal carbon impact and solutions to the issue of climate change. Walking up the scenic Brund Fell in Borrowdale, we will consider how carbon is stored in upland landscapes, and explore current debates around land management in the National Park. We use a range of quantitative methods to evaluate carbon stores, and reflect on how we can reconcile pastoral farming in the Lake District with the reality of climate emergency.
Course finishes by 16:00