Education

In addition to offering guided Day Tours, Guided Hikes and Holidays to visitors to Wales, I can come to your organisation and give you a talk. My available talks are listed below. I have previously given talk to several Geological Societies, Rotary Clubs, Women’s Institutes and Photography clubs.

I can also take your U3A group of geological day tours, organise field trips for schools and I  plan to start teaching a geology Adult Education course.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

LIST OF AVAILABLE TALK TITLES:

1. Working as an expedition guide in the polar regions
2. Polar Climate Crisis
3. How to take better photographs
4. Polar Bears
5. Glaciation in the polar regions
6. Ice in the Oceans: icebergs and sea ice
7. Arctic Sovereignty and Resources
8. The Geology of the Antarctic Peninsula
9. The Geology of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia
10. The Geology of East Greenland
11. The Geology of Jan Mayen and Svalbard
12. The Geology of Franz Josef Land, Russia
13. The Geology of Tristan da Cunha
14. The Geology of St Helena
15 The Geology of Ascension Island
16. Working as a guide to the Burgess Shale fossil quarries

A SUMMARY OF MY CLIMATE CHANGE TALK

U3A

During 2013 and 2014, I led Hay-on-Wye’s U3A geology group on 8 day tours and 1 two day tour.

Hay U3A in Pembrokeshire

2013

1. Bwa Maen, Henrhyd waterfall and Cwm Grelech geoheritgae trail
2. Stanner Rocks and the Strinds Quarry
3. Llyn-y-Fan Fach, Mydffai and Llandovery
4. Glamorgan coast and dinosaur footprints
5. Cribarth and Wenwyllt

2014

1. Elan Valley and the Mid Wales Ore Field
2. Woolhope Dome
3 & 4 Two day Pembrokeshire trip.
5. Clydach Gorge and the Blaenavon World Heritage Site

If you are a U3A group I could do the same for you. Please get in touch.

 PROGRAMMES FOR SCHOOLS

If you are a school and want a field course that gets your pupils into the great outdoors but covers many topics that are on the National Curriculum then these programmes could be for you.

BACKGROUND 

Scenery Explained Wales has teamed up with outdoor education and corporate training company ‘Call of the Wild’ to provide this programme. Call of the Wild provides the accommodation for your school group, the food and mini bus transportation, while we provide the guiding and interpretation of the Geopark.

KEYSTAGE 3 AND 4 PROGRAMMES:

SINGLE DAY PROGRAMMES

Send your students on a Scenery Explained Day Tour or Guided Hike. The interpretation on these walks and tours covers the following  Keystage 3 and 4 topics:

Science: The Environment, Earth and Universe

Physical Geography: Physical processes and landscapes

Human Geography: Urban change, migration, sustainable development Fieldwork: Out of class learning Geographical communication: Map reading skills History: Chronological understanding Change and continuity

British History: Industrialization

THREE DAY PROGRAMME

Day 1: A guided tour or hike, this can be a half day or full day walk depending on arrival time. Depending on the chosen trail the interpretation can cover the areas of the National curriculum mentioned above.

Evening: An informative talk by Polar Expedition Guide James Cresswell, on wildlife and Climate Change in the Polar Regions. The talk is very visual with dramatic photographs and video footage.The concepts raised in the talk cover the following area of the national curriculum:

Science: The Environment, Earth and Universe: Human Activity – Climate Change

Geography: Interactions between people and the environment.

Day 2:

Morning: A visit to the incredible waterfalls of the Geopark, here physical geography river processes can be discussed.

Afternoon: An expedition into our local cave network with a ‘Call of the Wild’ caving guide and myself. This is a physical activity as well as an opportunity to learn about the physical processes that create caves.

Evening: If conditions are right an outdoor star gazing session, otherwise an indoor presentation on the stars and solar system. The Brecon Beacons an International Dark Skies Reserve.

The talk covers the following area of the national curriculum:

Science: The Environment, Earth and Universe: Astronomy and Space

Day 3:

Morning:  A classroom re-cap session with James and school teachers.

Afternoon: Depart

 

 A LEVEL PROGRAMMES

In addition to our GCSE programme we can use our unique location within the Brecon Beacons National Park and Fforest Fawr Geopark to create programmes for Geography and Geology A Level pupils. These programmes can be put together specially for the individual school, but the topics that we are best suited to cover could be:

3.1 Geography:

River processes and management – using the nearby river Mellte and its spectacular waterfalls

http://www.breconbeacons.org/visit-us/things-to-do-and-see/special-places-to-visit/the-waterfalls-area

Glacial Landforms: The main peaks of the Brecon Beacons and the ridge of the Black Mountain have been cut out by glaciers as have the Swansea and Neath valleys. These are great places to study the effects of deglaciation on the landscape.

3.2 Geology:  

Geological mapping, The Cribarth mountain behind the ‘Call of the Wild’ accommodation has been used by many years by Cardiff University as a mapping location.

Economic geology: coal and iron ore

The geological evolution of Britain. The Geopark contains a 200 million year sequence of sedimentary rocks stretching from the mid Ordovician to the end of the Carboniferous.

UNIVERSITIES

Cardiff University has been using Cribarth Mountain to teach Geological mapping for many years. Scenery Explained Wales and  ‘Call of the Wild’ can provide everything to base your field classes in the Fforest Fawr Geopark.

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