Gower Society Youth

We run monthly activities for 4-16 year olds around the Gower Lordship. These activities aim to introduce new ways for children to explore and engage with the Gower countryside. All activities are free, funded by The Gower Society, and based at a different location each month. They range from river dipping and butterfly hunts to woodland adventures and pirate days.

The list of Gower Society Youth activities below is updated regularly so please check for changes. All activities will also be published in the Gower Society programme and on the Gower Society web site. http://www.gowersociety.org.uk

We have started a Gower Society Youth Facebook page. It is a members only page so to see photos of the activities and what is going on so find us on Facebook and like our page. Gower Society Youth has also started an older section for 11+ called Gower Adventurers These sessions will involve children being left with a leader. The aim is then to teach the young people skills to help them become better explorers and discerning users of the countryside.

Contact Nature Days if you would like to become a member of GSY's Gower Adventurers.

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Gower Society Youth Christmas crafts. - 28/11/2020

Gower Society Youth Christmas Crafts.
Using the natural materials in the woods we will make Christmas decorations such as wood cookie tree decorations, twig tree decorations, willow stars, painting pine cones, wreaths, garlands and candle holders.
There will be mulled wine and punch available but please bring your own cup!
This event will be a bit different to usual.
First there will be time slots so that we can maximise the number of attendees so make sure you pick an hour and a half slot between 12pm and 4pm when you book a ticket.
We will be in the roundhouse at Moorlakes so there will be shelter and a fire but please wrap up warm and wear wellies.
All Covid guidance will be followed and hand washing and gel will be available.
I hope to see as many people as we can at this last GSY event of the year.
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Colours of Autumn - 17/10/2020

Explore the changing colours of autumn. We will be collecting leaves and creating art with our finds.
Our next Gower Society Youth activity will be looking at the colours of Autumn.
Join us in Clyne Gardens – meet at the entrance from Oystermouth road at 2pm.
We will take a walk around the gardens collecting coloured leaves. Then we will create transient art on the grass with our leaves. Can we make a rainbow, or a magic carpet? Learn why the leaves change colours in autumn and how to make dyes from nature.
Tickets are required for all attendees including adults.
As numbers are restricted to 30 due to COVID guidance please make sure you will be able to attend when purchasing a ticket.
Due to local lock down this activity will only be accessable to residents of Swansea due to the restrictions
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GSY Rockpooling and coastal foraging - 19/09/2020

Our first actual Gower Society Youth event for a while.

Saturday 19th September 1:30pm Oxwich Beach.  Meet by the boat slip.

Tickets available here.

We will be exploring rock pools for animals and finding out about coastal edibles like sea weed, razor fish.
The event will not involve any actual eating due to COVID but edibles will be pointed out and participants can take them home to cook and eat.

Please bring a bucket if you have one and a net so that the sharing of equipment can be limited.
This event is restricted to a maximum of 29 participants due to the COVID rules so please only attend if you have booked on and have a ticket from Facebook or from Dawn Thomas.

If you are not able to come to the actual event then the event will be filmed and published on Nature Days you tube channel and on the Gower Society website.

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GSY Rock pooling and coastal foraging - 20/09/2020

Due to tickets selling out for quickly for the Saturday event we will be repeating the event on the Sunday.

Sunday 20th September 2pm Oxwich beach meet by the boat slip.

Tickets available here.

We will be exploring rock pools for animals and finding out about coastal edibles like sea weed, razor fish.
The event will not involve any actual eating due to COVID but edibles will be pointed out and participants can take them home to cook and eat.

This event is restricted to a maximum of 29 participants due to the COVID rules so please only attend if you have booked on and have a ticket from Facebook or from Dawn Thomas.

If you are not able to come to the actual event then the event will be filmed and published on Nature Days you tube channel and on the Gower Society website.

 

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Gower Society Youth rock pooling and coastal foraging - 19/09/2020

Our first actual Gower Society Youth event for a while. We will be exploring rock pools for animals and finding out about coastal edibles like sea weed, razor fish.

Tickets for the event are available here.

The event will not involve any actual eating due to COVID but edibles will be pointed out and participants can take them home to cook and eat.
Please bring a bucket if you have one and a net so that the sharing of equipment can be limited.
This event is restricted to a maximum of 29 participants due to the COVID rules so please only attend if you have booked on and have a ticket from Facebook or from Dawn Thomas.
If you are not able to come to the actual event then the event will be filmed and published on Nature Days you tube channel and on the Gower Society website.

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Gower Society Youth Oxwich Photo treasure hunt. - 11/07/2020

Our first “real” outdoor event for a while! This will be a socially distanced photo treasure hunt along with a video about Oxwich to accompany it. Watch the video on the Nature Days you Tube channel.

You will need:

A print out of the treasure map – Download from the Nature days blog.

A print out of the photos clues- Download from the Nature days blog.

A camera or phone

How to do it:

  • Print the Treasure map and photo clues below.
  • Try to go to all the locations identified on the map where the photos have been taken.
  • When you are at the location take a selfie of yourself and anyone you are with to prove you have found it.
  • Upload your photos to Twitter @GowerSociety @DawnNaturedays #OurGower #Naturedays
  • I will send certificates to all those who upload photos.
  • You might want to enter The Gower Society photo competition with your photos or others you have. Details here, with the chance to win £25 Amazon voucher.

Tips and hints:

Drive or walk to Oxwich Nature Reserve, there is a car parking charge. Look at the map and orientate where you are.

You can access the reserve via the footpath at the entrance to the car park for the beach or at the very front on the east end of the car park, past the toilets.

You can go to each location in any order you like.

Take care to stick to paths, but if you do get lost you can just head for the sea and walk back along the beach.

Dogs are welcome on the reserve but please clean up after them, and take care as there are adders on the dunes.

If you are worried about adders then sing your way around, or bring a stick to tap the ground as you go. Snakes don’t like people so if they hear you coming they will get out of the way.

Why not make your walk even more meaningful by bringing a rubbish bag and doing a litter pick as you go.

Please ensure you stick to social distancing guidelines and government guidance.

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your entries.

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Virtual rock pooling Saturday 20th June 2020 -

Virtual rock pooling Saturday 20th June 2020

The Virtual Rock pooling event is now available on You tube here.

Our next virtual event will be rock pooling. I will be sharing with you the wonders of the littoral zone, the area between low and high tide. Find out about the different zones, life cycles of the many animals and plants. How to identify different types of crabs and where to find them. Take a look at the amazing adaptations the animals have to the extreme environment that is the rocky shore.
The video will be available on the Gower Society Youth facebook page and then on the #Naturedays You tube channel.
Hope you join me online and if you have any questions on rock pool animals before them PM them to me and I will try and answer them on the video.

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Virtual mini-beast hunt -

Our nest GSY activity is a Virtual Mini Beast Hunt on Facebook live Saturday 16th May 11am.

The virtual mini beast hunt is available on You tube here.

Ever wondered what mini beasts live in your garden?

Even though we are in lockdown we can still get outside,  so join us live on the Gower Society facebook page.  The video will also be available on the Nature Days you tube channel along with the Spring stroll if you missed it last month.

If you have any questions about mini beast you would like answering then email them to me or post on the Gower Society Youth Facebook page and I will endeavour to answer them live.

Also I know it was disappointing that we did not have our annual May Day fete so I have a treat for you which I will announce on Saturday at the live event.  Or tune into the GSY facebook page and your email for a treat.

 

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Woodland Spring walk - 19/04/2020

Sun 19th April – Virtual garden Spring stroll.

The virtual spring stroll is now available on You tube here.

MEET 10am–12noon, Facebook live and Dawn Thomas Nature Days you tube channel.

Even though Covid-19 is stopping us share a woodland walk together Gower Society Youth activity WILL TAKE PLACE all be it in your own garden and virtually!

I will attempt to take you for a virtual spring walk and tell you about some spring flowers which are out in my garden and maybe in my local village.
I will also be posting some river dipping activities you can have a go at.

If you have any spring flowers in your garden then please post them on the facebook page and we can share the joy of spring and learn about these plants.

Join the Gower Society Youth for a spring Garden walk. Finish off the Easter holidays by exploring the spring plants, river dip for fish and animals and learn about what you can do with the plants. Suitable for all.

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