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Volcanic boost for Eastleigh outdoor learning

An expedition to a dormant volcano in the Russian Caucasus is set to raise funds for a new classroom at the Outdoor Learning Centre in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

The trek across Mt. Elbrus, which is Europe’s highest peak at 5,642 metres, is expected to take 10 gruelling days.

The challenge is being taken on by Team GC, which was founded by Shadid Ganjavian-Connor, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, to benefit good causes through extraordinary projects.

The Outdoor Learning Centre, run by Youth Options, provides a dedicated space for children and young people to engage with nature on a range of levels.

Through structured learning opportunities and play (including forest school activities, John Muir Awards, bush craft and conservation skills) children, young people and families are able to spend more time outside engaging with nature improving mental health and well-being, and developing social and emotional skills.

Redeveloping this former garden centre is currently a major focus for Youth Options’ fundraising.

Once back in the UK, Team GC will be offering a series of tailored talks about the expedition, with tales of adventure and tackling challenges, to schools in Hampshire, businesses and interested audiences throughout the County. Attendees are encouraged to leave their own comfort zones and actively raise funds for the causes supported by Team GC.

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Photo: Mt. Elbrus from Mt. Cheget, Ilya Bogin, licensed under Creative Commons