Alien Detectives wanted!


This news release from Scottish Natural Heritage (18 May, 2020) announces a new educational resource packed full of fun, educational activities to help young people learn about invasive non-native species (INNS).   It includes information, activities and games for teachers, families and pupils for learning- most of which can…

Read More Published: 19.05.20

Why children need to play with their friends as soon as they can

Research Other

This article in the Conversation (May 13, 2020) by academics from the Universities of Sussex and Reading, describes findings from ongoing research on children’s emotional and social wellbeing during lockdown, and reiterate the benefits of outdoor play.

Read More Published: 14.05.20

Play ‘completely overlooked’ in UK lockdown exit strategy

Research Other

This Child in The City article (13 May 2020) describes concern expressed by the Association of Play Industries (API) over the UK government roadmap and the lack of reference to outdoor play.

Read More Published: 14.05.20

National Children’s wellbeing surveys


Can you and your children take part in these surveys?  The impact of COVID-19 on outdoor learning and wellbeing among children is being studied by a PhD researcher at the University of Hull. Parents, carers, teachers and children can help take part in a series of surveys and…

Read More Published: 14.05.20

Rethinking education post Coronavirus


This article by George Monbiot in The Guardian (12 May 2020) explores the ambition of an ecological education, and reflects on the suggestion from Scotland that outdoor learning could be the best means of getting children back to school.

Read More Published: 13.05.20

Scotland’s Outdoor Learning Directory aims to provide a portal to services supporting outdoor learning which are provided by these Scottish organisations.

Forestry and Land Scotland Scottish Forestry Scottish Natural Heritage Lomond & Trossachs NP Natural Scotland Cairngorms National Park Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh SEPA Education Scotland Historic Environment Scotland