Inspiration for learning outside the classroom

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SPAIN, THROUGH TEACHERS’ EYES

As a Geography teacher and an ad-hoc expedition leader, I’m a fervent believer in opening young people’s eyes to Geographical wonders closer to home, whether within the UK or across the Channel. Fieldtrips to Spain are an opportunity to spin familiar holiday destinations on their heads, by exploring visitor pressure and coastal processes in the Costa Brava, or travelling further afield to the volcanic islands of Lanzarote and Tenerife. The tectonic power of the Canaries never ceases to amaze young Geographers – especially those who thought these islands were just about package holidays and suntans. Lanzarote’s lunar landscapes were created by the longest and most powerful period of volcanic activity known to man, and neighbouring Tenerife is home to Spain’s highest peak – an active volcano that last erupted in 1909. Back on mainland Spain, I find that Barcelona is an easy city to get my students excited about, with its Mediterranean shoreline and colourful culture. Host to the 2001 Games, Barcelona was the first Olympic city to use the Games as a catalyst to kick-start a legacy of social change – a plan so inspirational, it was used as a guide for London 2012. From experience, I can safely…
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Featured Destination : Jasper

We’ve been taking school groups to Marmot Basin in Jasper for years and there are many reasons it’s such a popular ski area. Fantastic snow, diverse terrain, not to mention absolutely breathtaking scenery, it really does tick all the boxes. Reasons Marmot Basin is just great Incredible snow The highest base elevation in Canada, the northern most Rocky Mountain ski area and a state-of-the-art snow making system ensures lights and fluffy snow for everyone to enjoy, with an annual average snowfall of 160 inches. Especially good for school groups who are beginners to intermediate as falling over isn’t as painful. Jaw-dropping scenery Jasper National Park is an integral part of the UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage site. The photo opportunities are literally endless. Runs for all abilities Whether you’re taking first-time skiers or a more advanced group, both skiers and snowboarded can explore a great choice of runs across four mountain faces. Mountain Wildlife Bighorn sheep, elk and deer and if you’re extremely lucky maybe wolves, moose and even lynx! Arnie Wilson, popular ski journalist has written on his blog Mad Dog Ski, “as for the skiing at Marmot Basin – wow, I’d forgotten how good it is. The resort…
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Iceland - A POWERFUL, DYNAMIC & RESOURCEFUL PLANET

Hear glaciers calving, walk through a rift valley and see a volcano let off steam, then experience the potential of geothermal energy and watch the Northern Lights, all in the same trip. One of the world’s most volcanically active landscapes, and home to Europe’s largest glacier, Iceland sits just outside the Arctic Circle. The settlements along its fjord-indented coastline rely almost entirely on renewable energy, while the uninhabited interior is a wilderness of ice fields and lava deserts, giving Iceland the lowest population density in Europe. This volcanic laboratory of bubbling mud pools and noisy geysers will blow your students’ minds. Meet the troublesome volcano that caused the 2010 ash cloud and discover why flooding was one of the major impacts of this eruption. Next, compare Eyjafjallajokul to Hekla – one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. All this tectonic activity is far too good to simply watch, so bring your group armed with questions about Iceland’s renewable energy, and have them answered at Hellishieldi – the world’s second largest geothermal power plant. From fire to ice, you’ll experience glistening icebergs and receding glaciers, allowing you to transition between tectonics, glacial processes and climate change all in the same day. Mighty…
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