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Youth Scotland - Hi5 Award

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How do you celebrate how young people have addressed challenges outdoors? Youthlink Scotland have posted news of a new award for young people aged 5+ which provides a means of recording and evidencing their wider achievement. The Award has been credit rated and levelled by the Scottish Qualifications…

Read More Published: 18.10.17

Research shows tranquil scenes from nature have positive impacts on the brain

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Science Daily report (15 September 2017) describes Universiy of Sheffield research that demonstrated that tranquil environmental scenes cause distinct brain areas to become `connected´ with one another whilst man-made environments disrupt the brain connections. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100914095932.htm 

Read More Published: 17.10.17

Research study shows time spent outdoors boosts learning and behaviour in Early Years children

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This Children and Nature Network report decsribes the findings from new Norwegian research  which indicates that outdoor time in the early childhood years may support children’s development of attention skills and protect against inattention-hyperactivity symptoms.

Read More Published: 17.10.17

Going Out There Toolkits - risk assessment and visit plan templates

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These Toolkits pages provide generic risk assessments and generic visit plans that can be downloaded and edited, for the range of outdoor contexts: Routine and Expected, Daily, Adventure Activities, Residential,  and Overseas Visits plus a Matrix for Visit Approval, Medical Information and Parental Consent.

Read More Published: 12.10.17

Avoiding bugs and germs outdoors

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NHS Inform provides sensible advice while promoting the benefits of being outdoors. The advice covers germs, hand washing, drinking water, ticks, and responsible behaviour. Read more here

Read More Published: 12.10.17

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