Teachers and youth group leaders invited to experience Welsh Harp Education Centre by the camp fire

North West London’s flagship environmental education venue is throwing open its doors for a special open evening on Thursday April 27th for teachers, youth group leaders, and all those planning to engage young people in outdoor learning activities.

Date of release: 6 April 2017. Guests will have the chance to hear about the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre’s outdoor learning programme and shape it for the future.

“Our evening around the camp fire is a fantastic opportunity for teachers or other managers of young people’s groups to come and explore what we have to offer or to discuss their needs, in beautiful surroundings,” said Edel Fingleton, Education Coordinator at Thames21, the leading waterways charity which manages the site.

Guests will have the chance to watch a fire lighting demonstration and cook their own tasty snacks on the campfire on Thursday April 27th between 4.30pm to 6pm.

The Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre has long been a magnet for schools and home schooling groups wanting outdoor education linked to the National Curriculum, especially those in Barnet, Harrow and Brent.

The site has over five hectares of beautiful woodland, meadow, stream and pond habitats providing diverse spaces for learning and exploring, as well as indoor educational and meeting spaces and car parking. The habitats are being managed and enhanced by Thames21 which took over site management a year ago.

Edel Fingleton, Education Coordinator at Thames21, said: “We’ve really been honing our range of sessions since taking charge of the Welsh Harp Centre.

“Children really love our interactive sessions which are led by experienced educators.”

The centre’s curriculum-linked programme has sessions for Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2.

The centre is also available for self-directed studies and Key Stage 3 & 4 sessions can be developed on request.

Many established favourites are available, from hunting for mini-beasts in woodlands and becoming pond life detectives to learning about plant habitats.

Other sessions include Geology Explorers; The Circle of Life, Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The latest session is Stone Age Survivors, giving Key Stage 2 pupils an exciting insight into how early man existed.

The Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre is adjacent to the Brent Reservoir, a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) –the only one in Brent and Barnet. SSSIs are sites which contain important examples of natural habitat.

Sessions can take place over a half or full day and cost from £100 – £190 for a group of up to 30 children.  

To book your free place, or to make enquiries about sessions, contact Edel Fingleton on 07734 871 728 or email edel.fingleton@thames21.org.uk. 

The Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre is in Birchen Grove, NW9 8RY. More details on its sessions can be found at http://www.thames21.org.uk/education/welsh-harp/.


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