Current Programmes

This academic year OASES is delivering the following programmes, providing opportunities for schools to engage in everything from habitat creation to teacher training all for FREE or at a reduced cost.


Building a Waste Free Future, funded by Chester-le-Street Area Action Partnership and delivered by OASES, worked with 6 primary schools to educate children about global resource depletion and local plastic pollution. Children were able to observe the single use plastic waste created in their own households by creating ecobricks; these were made into sculptures of words chosen by the children that made them think of the natural world and the importance of protecting it.



Derwent Valley AAP has made it possible for four schools in the Derwent Valley to work towards gaining their Green Flag Eco Schools Award with support from OASES. This award enables schools to become more eco-friendly, whilst teaching the pupils about some of the most important environmental issues we are facing today.


OASES is working Durham University and Northumbrian Water, along with 25 schools across County Durham to raise awareness of the issue of Climate Change. The classes have been invited to learn all the latest facts about climate change. The children then create a short film, using green screen technology, to educate others about the issue and expound their own feelings about the crisis. They are then invited to take part in the John Muir Award, taking practical on the ground action like tree planting and stream clearance. Visit our dedicated website for more information

We are currently recruiting schools for 2021-2022. Please contact OASES at if you are interested in becoming a Children 4 Climate Change? School.


Working with Durham Heritage Coast, the OASES team are delivering a range of exciting experiences for Easington Colliery Primary School children to engage them with Hawthorne Dene.


Funded by BBC Children in Need, Growing Together helps children and their families to grow and cook produce while spending quality time together.

ECO2Smart Schools

This initiative is only available to schools that buy into Durham County Council's Energy SLA.  OASES works with these schools to reduce their Carbon emissions and their energy bills.  Since the projects inception in 2010 these schools have collectively saved over £2.6 million against business as usual predictions. 


Across the world, people are waking up to the issues surrounding single-use plastic and the impact plastics are having on the natural environment. In response to this, OASES received funding from the East Durham Rural Corridor AAP to take action and help to educate school children about the environmental and social impact of plastic use and how to make more sustainable choices about resource consumption.


Six schools in Durham AAP took part in a 'bloomin good' project that saw edible planters created by local schools for Durham city town centre.  The recipient schools were supported to design and planted up an edible planter for their school grounds and an identical arrangement for Durham city centre.  The Durham City arrangements, were to help towards RHS Durham in Bloom. 


Working with The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, children learnt about the geology and coal mining heritage of their local area, comparing and contrasting this with the geology and lead mining heritage of the North Pennines. 

Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service
The EWE Centre,
Esh Winning Primary School
The Wynds, Esh Winning,
Durham, DH7 9BE