Research comparing Science student learning motivation on indoor and outdoor learning programmes

This research paper reports that outdoor residential programs using exploratory learning methodology can drastically improve the student's learning attitudes. Students showed increased self-regulation in the outdoors.   “Learning” was perceived as more “free” with the outdoor experiential approach, and was associated with being in nature. On the basis of…

Read More Published: 15.02.18

YOYP: A career in Geographic Information Systems


There are many ways to connect people with Scotland’s nature. In this SNH blog post, Tina describes her experience as a young person working in the GIS field since leaving university, and her role as a STEM Ambassador.

Read More Published: 15.02.18

YOYP: Why not try volunteering experience while at High School?

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This blog post in Scotland’s Nature (16 January 2018) describes how Simon Ritchie began volunteering at St Cyrus NNR when he was just 16 years old. He shares his experience of growing up on the reserve, and how it has shaped him as an individual.

Read More Published: 25.01.18

RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch – the world’s biggest schools’ wildlife survey – is back!


Here’s the perfect opportunity for school children to get outside, learn and make their first discoveries in nature. The free RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch takes place until 23 February. Children spend an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before sending the results in to…

Read More Published: 25.01.18

YOYP: The John Muir Way – working with young people through the John Muir Award


This news item (22 January 2018) describes how The John Muir Trust, along with partner organisations, will be celebrating the positive difference made by young people participating in the John Muir Award along the John Muir Way as part of Year of Young People 2018.  John Muir Award…

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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