Training opportunity for all teachers - Practical Outdoor Science Skills

CCEA have endorsed upcoming training that QUB are offering in the Open Air Laboratories OPAL surveys. Training is available in three locations across Northern Ireland. You will get first-hand experience learning about the local environment – The survey topics are: Tree Health, Water Quality, Soil and Earthworms, Biodiversity, Air Quality and Bug Counts. You will learn how to conduct a range of OPAL user-friendly environmental surveys (and to lead a group survey).

The training complements the Northern Ireland Curriculum and following the course you will be able to bring your learning directly back to the classroom. Pupils can then contribute to valuable research by taking part in the OPAL surveys in your area as all data collected is uploaded onto a national database making a significant scientific contribution.

Who should attend?

You do not need to have scientific expertise to participate. This course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn more about their local environment, including teachers who are seeking to enhance their outdoor learning and teaching expertise.

What are the benefits?

Participants can get accreditation for completing training (5 CATs points from QUB) and a Certificate in Outdoor Learning from OPAL.

The only charge is a £5 registration fee.


Location Duration Dates Information and Enrolment
20 College Green Belfast 1 evening per week (16.00-18.00) for 5 weeks Tuesday 26th April 2016
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Tuesday 17th May 2016
Tuesday 24th May 2016
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Closing date for registration is: 19th April 2016
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon 1 morning per week (09.30-13.00) for 3 weeks Saturday 7th May 2016
Saturday 14th May 2016
Saturday 21st May 2016
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Closing date for registration is: 30th April 2016
Hospital Hill Community Centre, Omagh 1 evening per week (16.00-18.00) for 5 weeks Wednesday 4th May 2016
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Wednesday 25th May 2016
Wednesday 1st June 2016
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Closing date for registration is: 27th April 2016

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