FREE IOL Wales events coming up…..

IOL Wales/Cymru would like to invite you to come along to some FREE events coming up in Spring and Summer.  
Details below. 


There are a series of FREE TO ATTEND IOL Wales/Cymru events coming up.
The events are free but you do need to book as places are limited.

NEW TO THE LIST – 10 May 2018 

Working with Diversity in the Outdoors – and Interactive Learning Event  (Book ONLINE) 

Venue: Atlantic College, St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan, CF61 1WF

Time: 19.00 to 21.00

An interacive learning event where attendees get to ask questions of a pannel of students from different cultures, backgrounds and ethnic groups. It’s a great chance to learn about how diversity can effect us in our delivery and provision of outrdoor learning, a reminder of the benefits of our programmes to such groups and also the chance for attendees to ask and probe a little bit deeper into the areas of diversity that may be sensitive to talk about. Attendees will be asked to submit questions they have in advance which the panel will prepare answers and facts to assist practitioners in their work.

Presenter – Tom Partridge

Tom is the Head of Atlantic Outdoors at UWC Atlantic College, an IB world school founded by Kurt Hahn and the brith of the UWC movement. The college is home to students from over 90 nationalities, a massive range of diverse backgrounds and groups. This event will be facilitated and contrubuited to by a small group of students.

The café bar will be open from 18:00 offering light refreshements and drinks

This workshop is free to everyone and not just IOL members – but you must book.

26 April 2018

Bike Ride Social (Book ONLINE)   

Venue  Nant Bwlch yr Haearn, Llanrwst Gwynedd, LL27 0JB

Time      18.00 tea and coffee and Nant B-H 18.30 Bike ride Some time late – pub

This is a chance to meet people and get some exercise.  Staff from Nant BH will be along to offer advice on routes and a place to refresh yourselves afterwards.

This session is free to everyone and not just IOL members – but you must book.

12 May 2018         

Fostering a Connection (Book ONLINE)   

Venue: Meet at Caban café, Brynrefail, Gwynedd, LL55 3NP and then Coed Dinorwig

Time: 11.00 to 13.30

The ‘Fostering a Connection’ course was designed by Lun Roberts (ER Outdoors), Jim Langley (Nature’s Work) and Joe Roberts (Natural Resources Wales) to meet the needs of outdoor providers wishing to engage their clients with the environment and to foster their connection to it.  The full course takes a day, costs £50 (£30 concessions) and includes a manual.  This taster is free and gives you an insight into the philosophy behind the course and a chance to try out some of the activities in the manual including quizzes, games, phone app testing, folk tales, bush craft and much more.  Connection takes place on many levels (intellectually, practically, emotionally, spiritually, through our senses, through our creativity, etc.) and the activities on offer reflect this diversity.  We are not trying to teach field studies or asking people to become walking encyclopaedias of flora and fauna. Instead we offer games and activities which can be fitted seamlessly into existing outdoor courses.

This taster session is free to everyone and not just IOL members – but you must book.

21 June 2018 

Working alongside choughs (Book ONLINE)

Venue  Green Room, Beacon Climbing Wall, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2BD

Time   18.00 to 20.00

Adrienne Stratford tells us that she is often referred to as the ‘mad chough lady’.  She has certainly dedicated a fair bit of her life to exploring the habits of these amazing birds.  Since 1991 and alongside Tony Cross she has been engaged in a long term study authorized by the British Ornithological Trust which has resulted in her knowing most of the chough populations in North and mid-Wales on a first name basis.  More recently she has been working with the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group to educate outdoor providers on how to minimize detrimental impact on the birds.  If you missed those session this is your chance to hear Adrienne speak about her work and findings and to ask questions.

This course is free to everyone and not just IOL members – but you must book.

13 July 2018 

Fire lighting through the ages followed by a Bar BQ (Book ONLINE)

Venue Meet at the southern end of the car park at Dinas Dinlle, Gwynedd, LL54 5TW and then on the beach

Time  18.00 to whenever feels right for you to leave

David Philips from Coastal Wanderer will demonstrate (and give you the opportunity to try out) fire making techniques from different periods of pre-history.  Then we’ll make use of said fire to cook food and sit around to tell stories.  Sausages, fish and tofu kebabs provided please bring a salad or a pudding to share.

This session is free to everyone and not just IOL members – but you must book. 

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