Tuesday 17th November 2020 - AM Workshop
Teaching About the Environment on Courses
This session will be both indoors at the Plas Y Brenin and outdoors.
Topics to be covered and discussed:
This session will explore ways of introducing environmental topics to candidates on Mountain Training Courses. It can be can daunting to have your trainer pointing out wild flowers, chatting about lichens and geology, the advice will be that you need to be able to do this too. An assessor will certainly expect some engagement in issues concerning the environment and this will include some knowledge of species and geology.
So, how can we better train candidates to have realistic targets for themselves and develop appropriate environmental knowledge to share with their groups? We will discuss the ‘need to know’ issues and common ‘need to know’ species. We’ll dance around topics that might be just ‘nice to know’. We take a look at different ways of introducing information, and working with information other than just telling people things and hoping some of it sticks!
Please bring personal kit for the outdoors.
Mike Raine is a Senior Instructor at Plas y Brenin, the National Outdoor Centre. Mike has directed or worked on over 300 Mountain Training courses. He is a former teacher of Geography and is the Author of Nature of Snowdonia (Pesda Press 2009). Mike regularly runs environment based CPD for MTA, AMI and other mountain based staff teams.
Paul Gannon is the author of the Rock Trails series of geology guides and is joint author (with Jim Langley) of The Alps: A Natural Companion and also organises geology walks for mountain leaders. He will deal with teaching geology to mountaineers and hillwalkers in the field using the 'nice to know' & 'need to know' approach.