We offer a wide range of environmental activity across the UK, where people can learn how to protect and enhance their local greenspace and biodiversity whilst also learning new skills, getting fitter, engaging with their environment and meeting other like-minded people.
If you are keen to learn more about the environment, for either a hobby or as a way of advancing your career, there are numerous opportunities to become involved in voluntary work with TCV or, depending on your location, to attend one of our short courses.
Where available, our training covers a wide range of subjects including different practical skills, habitat management, people management and wider environmental knowledge. There are also many opportunities to gain accreditation through training.
So if you want to know how to manage ponds or woodland, or are looking to learn how to build steps or bridges, if you have an interest in practical skills and would like to know more about heritage skills such as hedge laying or dry stone walling take a look at some of our short training courses.
Excellent, very informative course set at a manageable pace. Lindsay was a brilliant trainer, really approachable and provided us with a wide range of knowledge.
TCV understands the importance of supporting children to learn and play in the great outdoors - our natural classroom. Many of our sites run fun sessions in local parks or nature reserves so that young people (and their parents or carers) can enjoy nature 'hands-on' without realising they might be learning something too!
We can also help “green up” local schools by creating a nature garden, explaining issues like recycling and composting and, of course, teaching about conservation and wildlife. We have even run award-winning Green Gyms in conjunction with some schools – to encourage youngsters who might not enjoy traditional sports or exercise to try their hand at something active.
TCV is proud to support Citizen Science, which aims to get everyone, from experts to amateur biologists, school children or enthusiastic beginners, involved in science.
It's a great way to get people outside, to learn more about the natural world and contribute to important scientific research. Across the world, volunteers gather information vital to protecting and improving our environment, from spotting butterflies to identifying new galaxies, from counting birds to collecting worms.
Citizen Science is much more than just science. Getting involved is fun, helps develop skills and connection with others. It improves health and wellbeing and helps us all feel more connected to the environment around us.
TCV Scotland offer accredited learning programmes which are delivered outdoors with environmental conservation as the main focus of the practical activities.
The outdoor setting allows participants to gain a range of skills such as woodland management, tree planting, raised bed building and habitat creation.
We offer a range of short and long term accredited environmental employability programmes for people aged 16 and over, regardless of level of experience, disability or background.