Courses and Resources

Courses

Our diverse range of courses and workshops include those tailored for businesses, community groups and schools. They are carefully designed to provide a unique and fresh approach to raising awareness and promoting practical and fun ideas for communicating environmental issues to the wider community.

Our outdoor learning CPD sessions are particularly popular, both within the school grounds and using local green spaces.

Recent and upcoming courses include:

  • Outdoor learning CPD sessions – ‘Imaginary Forests’ (Woods into schools)

Working with staff teams from Castleview, Niddriemill and St Francis Primary Schools in Craigmillar, Edinburgh’s Gaelic School – Taobh na Pairce and several primary schools in Falkirk.

  • Tailor Made

    National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

    Working with community volunteers to set up a local project to repair/remake clothes, swap clothes and make other things from clothes.

    Trafford Hall runs training courses for tenants and community volunteers. For more information and bookings call 01244 300246 or visit www.traffordhall.com

  • Engaging children and young people in environmental projects

    National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

  • ‘Too Good to Waste’ – projects to use your junk

    National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

    This course aims to increase awareness of the wastefulness of society, the environmental problems this causes and usefulness of resources that are routinely thrown away. The course will give you the skills and confidence to set up local community projects that use recycled materials to create useful products. These projects can lead to an increase in sustainability, cohesion and employment for your local community.

  • Involving the Street

    National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

    Many local environmentally-based projects have been started up from the involvement of neighbours and friends in just one street. This course will give you an understanding of what has been achieved by others taking this approach, and how you can make it happen locally.

  • Becoming an Energy Efficiency Advisor

    1 day course – Helena Partnerships, Liverpool

  • ‘Reducing Your Environmental Footprint’: Level 1 & 2

    National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

  • National Biodiversity Week

    Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

    Biodiversity workshops.

  • Climate Challenge Workshops

    Edinburgh Steiner school

    A series of workshops training students to run environmental workshops with other students.

Education Resources

We develop bespoke curriculum-linked education materials for a wide variety of clients. Our aim is to make these resources as fun, informative and interactive as possible, enabling both teachers and pupils to learn about environmental issues in a creative way.

Subjects covered include climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste, water and biodiversity.

Recent projects include:

  • RSPB

    RSPB sea eagles education packDevelopment of curriculum linked education resources on the magnificent sea eagles that have been re-introduced to Scotland.

  • The Great Trossachs Forest project, Scottish Forest Alliance

    Great Trossachs Forest education packDevelopment of education resources directly linked to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (Levels 3, 4 and senior level). The Great Trossachs Forest project is one of the biggest woodland regeneration schemes in Europe.

  • RWE Innogy UK

    RWE npower renewables activity packDevelopment of renewable energy education materials (linked to the English, Scottish and Welsh national curricula).

  • Forestry Commission Scotland

    Updating the Woodland Workout learning resource, including a Commonwealth Games supplement.

    Raising Public Awareness of Woodland Biodiversity – Forest Education Initiative workshops and education pack for Teachers and Countryside Rangers.

  • Testimonials

    “We’re delighted with the quality and consistency of the educational workshops Rowanbank regularly supply for us. I am delighted to recommend them, they are experts in their field and their approachable attitude makes them a pleasure to work with.”

    — UK Community Investment Officer, Innogy Renewables UK ltd

    “opening my eyes to how much is possible in an urban playground”

    “Very professional, yet in a wonderfully relaxed way. A great example of how I would hope after time to present outdoor sessions with my class. The touch of ‘special’ they added with the fire, tea, oatcakes was really lovely.”

    “Excellent. The best course I have attended. I would recommend and do it all again.”

    “It was a pleasure to work with you and the team, and I really think you went ‘above and beyond’ when creating the materials, so I thank you all very much for the effort that you put in. The resources are professional, effective, and exciting, as well as beautifully designed, and came in on time.”

    — Rebekah Stackhouse, Education and Youth Programmes Manager, RSPB Scotland

    “Brilliant course which makes you look at the bigger picture.”

    — Course participant, Helena Housing Association (Helena Partnerships)

    “A fun, informative and professionally given course!”

    — Course participant, Helena Housing Association (Helena Partnerships)

    “The course was fantastic, very informative and really good fun.”

    — Course participant, National Communities Resource Centre

    “Brilliant, enthusiastic and friendly leaders.”

    “Really liked Lucy and Arran’s enthusiasm and sparkiness, really kept it moving.”

    “Fully engaged at all times, you’re a great team. Well done!”

    “The workshop was excellent.”

    — Teacher, Newmill Primary School

    “I would recommend them to any other educational establishment which is interested in extending pupils’ knowledge of the current world energy crisis.”

    — Headteacher, Islay

    “A real eye-opener… Every employee should get to attend one.”

    — Workshop participant, Whitbybird Ltd

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    Rowanbank was shortlisted for an RSPB Nature of Scotland Award in the youth and environment category.

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