Lochaber Geopark has regular involvement with the local primary and secondary schools, providing talks, day trips and geology material. Each school has been provided with a “Rock Box” with rocks from different parts of Lochaber, a magnifying glass and notes on the rock types. A similar “Mineral Box” is planned which will travel from school to school together with accompanying descriptive notes and lesson plans.
Lochaber Geopark endorse the Earth Science Education Scotland campaign. Their mission is “to promote Earth science education in Scottish schools, and in particular to campaign for new qualifications in Earth science in secondary schools”.
Lochaber Geology Group
Lochaber Geopark organise a series of excursions and talks for the Lochaber Geology Group. There are eight excursions and four talks each year. The excursions cover all areas of Lochaber including Glen Coe, Glen Nevis, Ardnamurchan and the Small Isles. The talks are held during the winter months in the Glencoe Visitor Centre.
Training for Rangers & Guides
Lochaber Geopark runs an annual course on general geology, with a strong Lochaber slant, with much use of practical material. Highland Council’s Glen Nevis Rangers, Forestry Commission Rangers and members of outdoor pursuit companies and guides have all benefited from this course.
Rock Safaris & Talks
Lochaber Geopark regularly offers geology talks and Rock Safaris during local festivals and events. These are well attended by locals and visitors.
Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh joined Lochaber Geopark at the Wild Lochaber Festival in 2015. There were fun activities and demonstrations for children and adults.
Lochaber Geopark regularly participate in Open Days in Lochaber and further afield to promote Lochaber and its scenery and geology. Open days have included events at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh and British Geology Survey (BGS).
Strontian Geology Day
Jointly organised by Lochaber Geopark and Visit Scotland Strontian, the Geology Day is held each Summer. There are stalls and activities in Strontian village and organised tours of the Strontian Mines Area. Strontian Mines is an important part of the Lochaber geology and history.