Outdoor Education

The best place to learn about nature is in the outdoors surrounded by nature. The Wetland Centre is passionate about the importance of being able to see, feel and experience nature. We have a range of educational resources that allow us to offer nature interpretation covering a variety of topics, both for school groups and non-school groups.

Who lives in that burrow there? And which creature made it originally? Which animal has walked across the ice here, and how can we tell? What do fish eat, and how many types of fish do we have in the fjord? Who is making that sound up in the tree?

 

DNV’s nature interpretation is about asking lots questions to learn about the natural world. We are often out with students on our arrangements, often for the full day. We offer a mixture of theoretical and practical nature education, dependent on the season and the school’s requirements.

 

Here is a brief selection of some of our previous arrangements:

 

  • Insects and creepy crawlies in water and on land. Nature interpretation about bugs, amphibians and aquatic insects. Hand netting, species identification and how aquatic ecosystems are connected.
  • Vibrant life in frozen wetlands. Practical animal and bird signs identification. Handline fishing on the ice and identification of species caught. Winter birds and their songs and calls.
  • Management of threatened habitats. The students conduct practical harvesting of hay meadows or semi-natural mires. This is done with consideration to the types of plants present and the traditions connected to these habitats.
  • The mysterious mussel. This is a practicle activity where the students use aquascopes to get up close with the know the fascinating freshwater pearl mussel. Individuals of this species can live for over 250 years and are an indicator of good water quality. We teach the students about how fish serve as hosts for the river mussel.
  • Art in nature. Nature interpretation in combination with artists. The students are inspired by nature in the form of plants, fish and insects to create artworks and installations. A day full of creativity and the wonder of nature.
  • Predators and conflicts. Practical track identification and species knowledge about our big predators: lynx, bears, wolves and golden eagles. Discussion of the solutions to problems and conflicts associated with these animals.
  • Wetlands in winter. A session that combines creativity and the winter nature surrounding us. What is snow and ice? What is a frozen wetland like? The students learn about the wonders of the winter world, and learn about snow crystals, life in wetlands in winter and how we used to use ice in the past.

 

 

You can find more information about our nature interpretation here.

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In addition to this we can offer tailor-made activities within the following topics.

 

- birds, birdsong and birdlife
- aquatic insects and wetlands
- fish and fishing
- semi-natural habitat maintainence
- control of invasive plant species
- animal tracks and signs
- canoe trips
- vegetation surveying and botany
- art and nature

 

Please get in touch with us if you would like us to arrange activities covering other topics.