Situated in the south-east corner of Northern Ireland the SEELB's two Outdoor Education Centres, Ardnabannon and Killyleagh are ideally located to offer a broad range of Outdoor Education programmes for all ages.
The magnificent Mourne Mountains rising from the sea at Newcastle and the famous Strangford Lough and Narrows including their respective hinterlands are the Centres' outdoor classrooms. These areas, rich in geology, culture and wildlife is complemented with some excellent historical and environmental sites and exhibition centres.
Our aim, in consultation with visiting staff/leaders, is to design and deliver outdoor education and/or residential programmes that are relevant and contribute to participants' learning and development.
Whilst courses are specifically designed to meet the clients' needs, inherent in both the Centres' residential programmes is the personal development of the individual. Recognising achievement, acquiring skills, encouraging a greater sense of responsibility for one's self and others and greater appreciation of the environment, in which we live, work and play are key elements of all programmes.
While each of the Centres offer particular specialisms, they are also a valuable resource for delivering many aspects of both the Youth and NI Curriculum in a residential setting. All are staffed appropriately with qualified and experienced full-time staff to meet the needs of their own specialisms, and when required the full-time staff team in each of the Centres is supplemented with appropriately trained part-time staff.
The course fee, charged per person per day, will include all or a combination of the following, depending on category of provision (see Course fees) required.
• Food and accommodation
• Specialist equipment
• In course transport
• Use of the Centre facilities & Audio Visual Equipment
N.B. Transport to and from the Centre at the commencement and end of the course is the responsibility of the visiting group. The Centres may be able to assist your Group with this aspect of the visit. Please contact the Centre directly for more details.
In an effort to make most efficient use of the residential accommodation available in 2014/2015, Groups may not be offered a course in their preferred choice of Centre
Outdoor Education promotes the personal, social and physical development of young people through participation in challenging and enjoyable activities. The Board recognises and commends the significant contribution Outdoor Education programmes can make to the development of young people as they mature into adult life. To enable Schools and Youth Organisation to offer Outdoor Education programmes at a local level, the Board offers leadership training in a number of activities at various levels in accordance with 'The Northern Ireland Education and Library Board Levels of Training and Recognition in Outdoor Education'. Youth leaders who wish to acquire specialist leadership skills in Outdoor Education may undertake training at three levels:-