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Environment programme

The environment is at the core of everything we do at Creggan Country Park. From education, awareness, volunteering, biodiversity management, citizen science and renewable energy.

Our mission is to protect our natural heritage, boost local biodiversity and become a working example of how social enterprise can help people and nature simultaneously.

We aim to become a centre of best practice for green infrastructure and climate change awareness through a variety of projects:

Nature’s Classroom

What is Environmental Education?

Will copy this content over from our current natures classroom booklet – to follow tomorrow

What is Nature’s Classroom?

Set up in February 2007, Nature’s Classroom is a free environmental education programme for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.

Workshops are linked to the National Curriculum and Eco Schools programme and aims to help support both students and teachers.  We have themes:

  • List of themes and description of each will go here along with graphic showing links to the curriculum and eco schools programme

What we provide

  • Facilitator
  • Room hire/AV
  • Clipboard/pens/pencil
  • Art materials
  • Equipment for all workshops
  • Worksheets
  • Online videos and presentations
  • Teacher resource packs and lesson plans
  • First aid kit
  • Risk assessment

What you need to bring

  • Waterproof coat and strong footwear
  • Medicines such as inhaler, epipen etc

How to book

Click here to book – will link to form going to Karen.healy@creggan.asgoodasready.com they will in their name, school, address, postcode, contact number, email, select workshop and choose date/time linked to my diary

Forest Academy

What is Forest Academy?

We want everyone to experience all the benefits of outdoor education and play no matter what your age! In response to COVID-19 we introduced ‘Forest Academy’ for families to take part in nature themed activities at home, in their garden or in a nearby park or woodland.  Forest academy includes play, art, games, wildlife identification, den building and nature therapy and is a great way for families and friends to bond and enjoy the great outdoors.

The Nature Hub

Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and Grow Wild we were able to revamp a disused basketball court and transform it into a thriving nature hub for families, schools and groups to use.  The nature hub consists of an outdoor classroom, hedgerow maze, playground games, pond, raised beds, recycled boat planters, treasure hunt and storytelling area.  The nature hub will be central to our Forest Academy and provides a safe, secure environment for everyone.

Forest Academy Activities

  • Den building
  • Mammal tracking treasure hunt
  • Hedgerow maze
  • Recycled art
  • Pond dipping
  • Bug Hunt
  • Games and play including hide and seek in the woodland and giant snakes and ladders game.
  • Story telling around a camp fire
  • Make bird feeders
  • Plant a biodiversity pot
  • Natural art

We have expanded our environmental education programme so that families, older people, scouts and youth groups can take part in fun outdoor learning activities.  Forest Academy allows participants to explore habitats, get up close to wildlife and experience the benefits of being in the great outdoors.

  • List workshops and description of each here

What we provide

  • Facilitator
  • Room hire/AV
  • Clipboard/pens/pencil
  • Art materials
  • Equipment for all workshops
  • Worksheets
  • Online videos and presentations
  • Teacher resource packs and lesson plans
  • First aid kit
  • Risk assessment

What you need to bring

  • Waterproof coat and strong footwear
  • Medicines such as inhaler, epipen etc

How to book

Click here to book – will link to form going to Karen.healy@creggan.asgoodasready.com they will in their name, school, address, postcode, contact number, email, select workshop and choose date/time linked to my diary

Environmental Education Photo gallery

Best Practice Centre for Climate Change and Green Infrastructure

What is Climate Change?

What is Green Infrastructure?

What have we been doing?

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Education and Awareness
  • Biodiversity Management
  • Citizen Science and species mapping – bat monitoring station BRP LNR

Derry City and Strabane District Council Partnership – links to GI and climate change web pages. Climate NI, Action renewables

Our Future plans include working with AR to install solar pv, improve biodiversity with the creation of wetlands, increase woodland cover on our site, create a discovery room where visitors can learn about renewable energy and climate change in a virtual hub, weekly farmer market and swap shop

Heritage On Your Doorstep

What is heritage?

Why protect heritage?

In 2007 we explored our historical, natural, cultural and industrial heritage thanks to Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Step Back In Time.’  You can discover it still by downloading our free pamphlets and watching the videos below.

Get involved

Click a button to register as a volunteer or send photos/memories to Karen.healy@creggan.asgoodasready.com

Nature Therapy

What is Nature Therapy?

Nature therapy is sometimes referred to as green therapy or eco-therapy and is a formal type of therapeutic treatment which involves doing outdoor activities in nature. There isn't one single definition of ecotherapy, but it's often used to describe a regular, structured activity that:

  • is led by trained professionals (sometimes therapists), who are there to support you
  • focuses on doing an activity, rather than on your health
  • takes place in a green environment
  • is related to exploring and appreciating the natural world
  • involves spending time with other people, although you can always choose to interact at your own pace.

The process of Nature Therapy

  1. Stressed State: A person is in a state of physical or emotional stress
  2. Restorative Effects of Nature: The person spends time in nature, resulting in improvements in physiological relaxation and the immune function recovery response.
  3. Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM): Nature directly increases the parasympathetic nervous system and heightens awareness, causing relaxation

Research has shown that spending time in nature can reduce blood pressure, combat stress, improve your overall physical and mental health and improve your sleep.

How does it help?

Meet our facilitator – Majella

Online video

Online photo gallery video with nature sounds

Book a session – email majella

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Set up by the community

As a registered charity that delivers not for profit outdoor activities, we provide access to recreation, education, training, volunteering and a biodiversity rich site for the community.

Activities include water sports, orienteering, geocaching, raft building, free environmental education workshops for schools and annual wildlife and holiday themed events including our popular Hallowe'en programme.
Creggan Country Park, 196 Westway, Creggan, Derry, BT48 9NU
Tel: 028 7136 3133
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