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Scotland’s first Forest College funded by Green Infrastructure Scotland

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An innovative Newbattle Community Forest Project based at Newbattle Abbey College funded by Green Infrastructure. Training opportunities include the new SCQF graded Forest Awards course. 

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Bee kind in your school grounds!

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Bee kind is an online educational gardening resource designed to help people choose the best plants for bumblebees and other pollinators in their gardens – or even school grounds! 

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Study finds too much screen time causes nearsightedness in children

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These findings from Asia are reported on by the Children and Nature Network (8 March 2019). Researchers believe that excessive screen time and not enough outdoor time in childhood is causing the trend. They suggest that even an hour more outside every week will go some way in…

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Outdoor play at home key for young children’s health and development

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The Children & Nature Network reports on news (5th March 2019) of this research led by The University of Western Australia. Researchers found factors such as the presence of play equipment and natural elements were associated with increased playtime by preschool children in their backyards. 

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Westpark Primary nursery outdoor provision video

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Thanks to Creative STAR Learning Company’s newsletter which signposted this ‘fab wee film about Westpark Primary Nursery and their outdoor provision’. Find lots of inspiration and simple ideas here for supporting learning and play for preschool children, and the impact it has.

Read More Published: 12.03.19

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