Kindergartens in the Wild

There are more then 1,000 Forest Kindergartens in Germany and Switzerland. Scotland also has examples of this approach and Forestry Commission Scotland offers a Forest Kindergarten training programme. This Youtube video shows how children in a German Forest Kindergarten learn about the world through play and discovery.

Read More Published: 29.06.16

Outdoor learning: the secret to improving behaviour in schools


More evidence for the benfits of outdoor learning, from schools that have put this in to practice, in this Guardian article. " It’s all about purpose. Simply letting a class of 30 outdoors for a lesson does not make it learning". Follow the link for the full article.

Read More Published: 29.06.16

Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland June 2016 Bulletin

Find national and local news, information on training and courses, outdoor recipes, new resources and more, in this bulletin. If you would like to receive monthly bulletins direct to your email address subscribe here!

Read More Published: 16.06.16

Into the woods: how walks are improving mental health


This Guardian article (June 2016) describes Branching Out, a trailblazing approach by Forestry Commission Scotland and local health boards, which supports mental health and wellbeing and helps participants learn new skills outdoors.

Read More Published: 15.06.16

200th Branching Out group in Scotland celebrates in Fife

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This Fife project has become the 200th initiative to be part of this innovative national outdoor activity programme which supports people with long-term mental health problems. The Branching Out programme has been developed and is supported by Forestry Commission Scotland.

Read More Published: 15.06.16

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

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