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Biodiversity data

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SEPA

Scotland's environment website provides a very useful overview of Biodiversity data including a selection of key topics, plus mapping and recording resources. These could support Senior Phase and tertiary level students.

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Wildfowl fly over history at Caerlaverock

Sciences, Social_Studies Primary, Secondary SNH

This SNH blog post describes how this National Nature Reserve by the Nith estuary has witnessed human history and battles from the Romans onwards.

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Gaelic Foraging Guide

Literacy_English, Sciences, Social_Studies Any_Age SNH

Not only is this booklet a guide to the wide range of edible and delicious plants and seaweeds available on our doorsteps, it makes a great resource for learning, useful for teachers and parents and introducing children to the Gaelic names and cultural connections of many common species.

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Where have all the flowers gone? The impact of herbivores on woodlands in Scotland and Europe.

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SNH

This thought provoking blog post by Kate Holl, SNH’s woodland advisor, explores why the ground flora of Scottish woodland differs so markedly from those in other European countries, illustrated by visits to sites in France, Norway and Iceland. She reflects on how browsing pressure by herbivores differs between countries. This might make interesting reading for students of Science (Biodiversity & Interdependence), Environmental Science and similar disciplines.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin September 2017

Interdisciplinary Any_Age

Find news of new resources, networking events, and training opportunities. Plus this month’s recipe of the month for the campfire – doughnuts!

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Beyond your Boundary:  easy steps to learning in local greenspace

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

Beyond your Boundary is a comprehensive online resource for educators in all schools, of any subject, working with pupils of all stages. It helps you to find, access and use your local greenspace for learning. It also offers support to help you improve your greenspace and spread and embed learning in local greenspace in your establishment.

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Biodiversity images

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

Scottish Natural Heritage have produced and watermarked these images to support a focus on biodiversity during August 2017. They are available for anyone who wishes to use them, and may be useful for educators exploring the variety of life in Scotland

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Responsible behaviour by teachers and outdoor educators

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

A useful note on what to consider when taking your groups outdoors for learning, linked to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

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Fire Guidance for outdoor and woodland learning

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland summary guidance to support skills development, training and specialist guidance delivered by trained practitioners. This includes: introducing fire to groups, building & lighting a fire, using fire outdoors, benefits of fire activities, environmental considerations, and activity risk/ benefit assessment forms.

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Tool Use Guidance for outdoor and woodland learning

Technologies, Health_Wellbeing, Practicalities Any_Age FCS

Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland summary guidance to support skills development, training and specialist guidance delivered by trained practitioners. This includes: introducing tools to groups, using tools outdoors, a safety checklist, guides on tools and when to use them, benefits of tool use activities, and activity risk/ benefit assessment forms.

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Science lessons outdoors

Sciences Early_Years, Primary SNH

Simple, short ideas for Science lesson ideas outdoors from Grounds for Learning.

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Literacy ideas outdoors

Literacy_English Early_Years, Primary SNH

Simple, short ideas for Literacy lesson ideas outdoors from Grounds for Learning.

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Numeracy and Maths Outdoors Ideas

Maths_Numeracy Early_Years, Primary SNH

Simple, short ideas for Numeracy lesson ideas outdoors from Grounds for Learning

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Five Ways to Wellbeing

Health_Wellbeing Any_Age SNH

This document, available to download from the John Muir Trust website, outlines the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing', developed by The Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation. It illustrates how schools, mental health support groups, and outdoor centres have used the John Muir Award to help promote these themes.

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Buglife Scotland Resources – morphology lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This helps pupils explore the shape and structure of invertebrates while asking how this structure relates to their environment and includes ideas for outdoor activities. (CfE Levels 1&2).

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Buglife Scotland Resources – life cycles lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This helps pupils to understand the process of metamorphosis and how this process affects an organism’s life cycle, and includes ideas for outdoor activities. (CfE Levels 1&2).

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Buglife Scotland Resources – defence lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This helps pupils to investigate the defensive strategies adopted by invertebrates, and how this affects their appearance, behaviour and habitat. Outdoor activities explore colour and camouflage (CfE Level 2).

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Buglife Scotland Resources – habitats lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This lesson pack guides pupils through different groups of invertebrates and what functions they carry out within the habitats they live in that help the environment. It includes different activities for pupils to build artificial invertebrate habitats that will help encourage invertebrates into urban spaces. (CfE Levels 1&2).

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland June 2017 Bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Latest OWL Scotland news on resources, events and more.

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Avoiding bugs and germs outdoors

Health_Wellbeing Any_Age Any

This NHS resource offers simple precautions to help you avoid most bugs and germs, including ticks, whilst enjoying Scotland's outdoors.

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Check for ticks

Health_Wellbeing Any_Age FCS

This Forestry Commission Information webpage provides clear advice on how to identify ticks and how to remove them quickly. A simple diagram shows key points on the body to check, helpful for all including groups working outdoors with children.

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Scotland’s Native Woodlands A learning resource for Senior Phase Environmental Science

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary FCS

This OWL Scotland website resource enables teachers and pupils to access and interpret the results of the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland, to support Environmental Science National 4 & National 5. It explores historical impacts, explains mapping and survey techniques and introduces skills required for data interpretation, tree identification and fieldwork.

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Outdoor Access Design Guide

Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary SNH, FCS

This resource is aimed at land managers, access professionals, rangers, planners, surveyors, and community and interest groups involved in the development and management of outdoor access in Scotland. It may also be of interest to outdoor learning practitioners and those supporting young people to develop practical outdoor skills. The Outdoor Access Design Guide gives consistent and clear advice on the selection and design of outdoor access furniture and structures.

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Scotland’s soils website

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SEPA, HES

Scotland’s soils website provides you with information about soils in Scotland. Find a range of maps, links to downloadable data, plus background information on the soils found in Scotland, what they do, why they are important, the threats they face and what is being done to protect them.

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Woodlands and forests: what are they for?

Social_Studies Secondary FCS, SEPA

SEPA’s resident blogger, Willie Towers, shares his changing relationship with trees throughout his career as a soil scientist and explores how the role of forests and woodlands has developed over time, in a thoughtful and personal blog post.

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The new Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan (2017-2022)

Interdisciplinary Any_Age CNP

The natural heritage of the Cairngorms creates ‘outstanding opportunities for outdoor learning’. In the plan, Priority Project 6 (pp. 38-41) describes opportunities for Learning and Inclusion. This identifies opportunities to expand outdoor learning to the wider community, sustain and expand programmes like the John Muir Award and Junior Ranger Programmes, and engage more with under-represented groups.

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Scotland’s Landscape

Social_Studies Secondary SNH

SNH describes how Scotland's Landscape Monitoring Programme will allow us to assess better how our landscapes are changing; and to identify key trends and their significance in terms of how people feel about them and respond to them. This information and associated links may be useful for Geography teachers and students.

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Resources celebrating International Day of Forests

Maths_Numeracy, Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary SNH, FCS, SEPA

March 21st is International Day of Forests, to celebrate all types of forests across the world. Follow the link below for further information and learning resources on Scotland’s fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands from Scotland’s Environment partners.

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Counting on a Greener Scotland - a Learning Resource for Tutors

Maths_Numeracy, Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary Any

This pack has been designed to be used primarily with adult learners but could be used in schools or other appropriate learning contexts, and has a strong numeracy focus. It covers weather and climate, climate change, energy and renewables, numeracy support, and places to visit in Scotland. Although it has few outdoor learning context examples it could support outdoor investigation in these topic areas.

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Outdoor Learning as a context and an approach for learning – a school case study

Interdisciplinary, Maths_Numeracy, Literacy_English Primary Any

This exemplar on the National Improvement Hub describes how Middleton Park School in Aberdeen has adopted whole school approach using outdoor learning to enrich their curriculum and raise attainment. It includes videos that demonstrate the class buddy approach and the range of literacy and numeracy activities used outdoors.

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Outdoor Learning - How good is our school?

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

This set of questions, with a focus on Outdoor Learning, has been extracted from the Education Scotland 'How Good is Our School?' (HGIOS) toolkit by Willie White, Education Officer for East Ayrshire Council, and shared as a resource on the Grounds for Learning website.

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Climate Ready Places Lesson Plans

Interdisciplinary, Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing, Practicalities Primary, Secondary SNH

These Adaptation Scotland resources help students to think about their place and different environments, climate change impacts, aspects of their place and how they might improve it, plus consider their own place in the context of a changing climate. These resources could support place based learning outdoors.

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Progression in Outdoor Learning – Natural Steps Forwards

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

A presentation given by the ENFOR Outdoor Learning Project Officer at the OWL Scotland national network event February 2017, exploring what progression in outdoor learning might mean in terms of curriculum, time, and place.

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Support for Professional Development in Outdoor Learning

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

This resource supports teachers to identify, plan and apply learning in the outdoor context. It also sign posts practitioners to appropriate further professional development and support.

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ReRoute research on young people’s relationships and attitudes to nature

Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing, Religious_Moral Secondary SNH

Scotland’s national youth biodiversity panel, ReRoute has carried out a new survey of young people in Scotland. This has revealed that nearly three quarters (74 per cent) enjoy spending time in nature and that one in nine (87 per cent) agree we need to protect the natural environment. Find out more via the link below.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin February 2017

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Updates include exciting training opportunities, new resources including Scotland's Native Woodlands Learning Resource and details on how to apply for Scotland's Finest Woods Awards for Schools.

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SNH Education Resources – what’s new

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

Latest updates on resources with links including Learning in Local Greenspace (SBS) project, Teaching, Learning and Play Research, Wildlife Crime Young Detectives, Deer Education and Simple Pleasures Photo Walks, plus National Park Travel Grants.

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Outdoor Archaeological Learning

Social_Studies Primary FCS

This collection of articles and activities is designed to encourage place-based learning. Through discovery, exploration and sharing, young people can develop their critical thinking skills, creativity, confidence and teamwork. This resource is intended for anyone taking groups of children to an archaeological site: teachers, youth group leaders and archaeological educators. Follow the link below to find out more details including how to request a free copy, or to download a copy.

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Outdoor Learning - Your Questions Answered!

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

A panel of teachers and practitioners answer the questions you may have about using outdoor learning as a context for learning in your establishment. NB: You will need a Glow login to access the Watch Again recordings.

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ReRoute – Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel

Interdisciplinary Secondary SNH

ReRoute is a partnership between Young Scot (Scotland’s youth information and citizenship charity) and SNH. This blog post gives an update on Reroute’s progress so far, and describes their big plans for the future.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland January 2017 bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Out now! Don't miss information on OWL Scotland resources, training and local group events, plus news on Scottish Finest Woods Awards, and more.

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John Muir Award illustration - what do you do?

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

What do people do as part of their John Muir Award, and why do they use it? Responses to those questions were captured in an illustration by Tom Morgan-Jones. It’s free to download via the link below. Print it, share it, put it to good use - tell the JMA how and where.

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A’ Ghàidhlig air Aghaidh na Tìre /Gaelic in the Landscape

Literacy_English, Social_Studies Secondary SNH

SNH publications series about Gaelic placenames in selected areas of NW Scotland and the islands, to show the links between nature and culture through Gaelic. These are published as printed booklets, and available online as pdfs.

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The place names of Scotland

Literacy_English, Social_Studies Early_Years, Primary, Secondary Any

This resource combines geography and history and helps children and young people to make connections with their local environment. There are learner journeys for early to fourth level.This is aimed at practitioners working with children across the broad general education years, from early to fourth levels

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning November 2016 bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Includes new training opportunities, dates for your diary and new resources – from celtic rainforests to potato pancakes!

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Forest School Scotland Resource Pack

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

This resource is designed to support Forest School practitioners, but is not a substitute for Forest School training. Ideas and activities within the pack may also support outdoor and woodland learning approaches. It is available as a downloadable zipped file via the Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland website.

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The Nature of Scotland Autumn/Winter 2016

Sciences, Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing Secondary SNH

Packed with information and updates about Scotland’s wildlife, land management issues, and projects, including ReReoute, the Youth Biodiversity Panel. A great resource for Social Subjects, Biology and Environmental Science teachers/ students or anyone interested in Scotland’s nature. Information on how to subscribe to this online publication is also provided.

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Ten Gaelic place name facts

Literacy_English, Social_Studies, Modern_Languages Primary, Secondary SNH

This article from Scotland's Nature describes how many of Scotland’s place names have Gaelic origins, some with fascinating stories and some very surprising.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland October 2016 Bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Seasonal update with news, courses, events, resources, ideas and activities from OWL Scotland.

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Explore for a day leaflets

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

This series of free guides by SNH provide information on some of the best places to enjoy nature, landscapes and history, across many areas of Scotland. These may also help inform teachers when planning their outdoor learning and teaching. All leaflets are available for download via the link below or in hard copy from local tourist information centres and other tourism outlets.

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Rural Land Use – Case Studies on Conflict & Resolution

Interdisciplinary, Social_Studies Secondary LL_TNP

The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park education pack supports the National 4/5 and Higher Geography curriculum, and provides 6 individual case studies on camping pressures, footpath erosion in the uplands, Loch Lomond byelaws, Balloch Charrette, impacts of hydroelectric power impacts, and the goldmine. These can be accessed by following the link below.

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Rural Land Use in the Park: Conflict & Resolution. National 4/5 and Higher Geography

Social_Studies Secondary LL_TNP

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park combines an internationally important environment with a fragile rural economy and a renowned visitor destination. This new education pack explores how the National Park manages these conflicts and supports the National 4/5 and Higher Geography curriculum. To download the whole pack, follow the link

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Pearls in the Classroom

Literacy_English, Sciences, Social_Studies Primary SNH

Pearls in the Classroom aims to raise awareness of the freshwater pearl mussel in schools within key river catchments in Scotland, as well as highlighting the species’ important cultural history in Britain. Follow the link for a range of resources and local contacts for ‘Pearls in Peril’.

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BBC School Radio Scottish Wildcats (Early, 1st level pupils)

Interdisciplinary Early_Years, Primary SNH, FCS

Scottish Wildcat Action is a project that aims to protect the Scottish Wildcat from extinction, supported by SNH and Forestry Commission Scotland and other partners. This 20 minute programme joins a group of children as they visit a wildcat family at Edinburgh Zoo and talk to the keeper who looks after them. Join Wildlife officer Emma as she checks on a hidden camera in a forest where wildcats are known to live. The programme contains two interactive sections: a big cat quiz, and active section where children role play being a wildcat.

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BBC School Radio Scottish Wildcats (Level 2 pupils)

Sciences, Technologies Primary SNH, FCS

Scottish Wildcat Action is a project that aims to protect the Scottish Wildcat from extinction, supported by SNH and Forestry Commission Scotland and other partners. This 20 minute programme follows Wildlife officer Emma Rawling on her rounds to check for any live trapped feral cats, to help prevent interbreeding with the Scottish Wildcat. She also checks a hidden camera in a forest– will there be any feline photos on it this time?

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland September 2016 bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Out now! Don't miss new OWL Scotland resources and training information. This month you can also find out about leaf mazes and the fascinating world of crickets!

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Scotland’s Soils

Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary SNH, FCS, SEPA

Follow the link below to access this website which provides comprehensive data and information on Scotland’s soils. You can look at a range of maps and download the data associated with these maps. Other useful sources of data and information are also signposted. You can find out about what soils do for us, how well they do it and what happens when they are damaged.

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Autumn activity pack

Practicalities Early_Years, Primary FCS

A selection of woodland based activities including nature spotting, wildlife tracks and signs, and how to make natural cone bird feeders.

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CALEDON tree health game

Maths_Numeracy, Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Primary, Secondary FCS, RBG

This free educational game is all about tree health and the ways in which resilience to pests and diseases can be increased. Players aim to keep their forest thriving whilst meeting specific objectives (CfE Levels 3 & 4). Follow the link below to play and download for free. Why not use this as a fun follow-up to using OPAL Tree Health resources outdoors?

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Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Education Resources

Interdisciplinary Any_Age LL_TNP

Follow the link to explore these resources and get inspiration to support your education visit to the National Park.

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Chocolate Geology

Sciences, Social_Studies Primary, Secondary LL_TNP

Explore how the landscape around Loch Lomond was formed – using chocolate! This hands-on activity helps in understanding the three geological parts to the world, how mountains are formed, and the three main types of rock: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic.

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John Muir Award in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Interdisciplinary Primary, Secondary, Additional_Needs LL_TNP

This environmental award scheme encourages everyone to connect with, enjoy and care for our wild places. The National Park is a fantastic place to complete your John Muir Award and learn all about what makes it special. Suitable for upper primary and upwards, individuals and groups. Follow the link to find out more and how to take part.

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Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP) Learning

Interdisciplinary, Social_Studies Any_Age Any

Link to the Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP) Learning section pages. Discover how to bring the history of your urban place to life with the help of the SUP team, specialist resources and training opportunities. Find information for teachers and schools, youth groups, youth forum and community learning.

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Scotland’s Urban Past projects

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

Scotland's Urban Past supports projects which help people investigate, record, engage with and celebrate the heritage of our towns and cities.You can contact SUP staff about events, exhibitions and training opportunities, essential resources and continued project support, and browse other current and past projects including those involving schools.

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Climate Change and Trees Resources

Literacy_English, Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary FCS

Useful tree based resources with links to support study on topics including climate change, social studies, literacy, STEM and sustainability issues, produced by Forestry Commision Scotland for student teachers and other learners

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The world beneath our feet - Connecting soils and curriculum

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

Explore the wonderful world right under our feet! This series of soil-based activities is designed to add value across Curriculum for Excellence, from Early to Fourth activity levels. Tables summarise the activities and the relevant CfE areas.

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Play This Way

Interdisciplinary Early_Years, Primary Any

A free book about play for P3, P4 and P5s by Tim Archbold created for the Scottish Government. The result is a fun, and colourful journey through the world of play, available in English and Gaelic. It includes outdoor encounters with streets, trees, people and other suprises. Great for sharing with families!

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Low Carbon Behaviours Insight Report

Technologies, Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing, Religious_Moral Secondary Any

This 2015 Young Scot report presents key findings to better understand how young people can be encouraged to make low carbon choices. This may be of interest to those seeking to engage with young people on issues related to the low carbon agenda and increase youth participation.

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Make your own nature dangle book

Sciences Early_Years, Primary SNH

Head outdoors whatever the weather and use this little book to find some interesting things to do along the way. Take part in this 'take time out with nature challenge' - one of the Simple Pleasures resources from Scottish Natural Heritage.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Resources summary flyer

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

This handy flyer pictures key OWL Scotland educational resources with a brief descriptor, age and stage and how to find it. This includes newly available resources such as a Gaelic version of the popular Tree Stories resource and an updated Wee Green Fingers Pack - Biodiversity Gardening for Young Children. Details of how to order publications are included.

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Mud pies and green spaces

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

With the current focus on improving attainment, this article by Dr Greg Mannion, University of Stirling, on why children do better when they can get outdoors is still relevant. It refers to international and national research evidence, including that conducted for Scottish Natural Heritage and partners.

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Forestry Career Route Map

Sciences, Social_Studies, Practicalities Secondary FCS

A route map to help you navigate your way through career options in Scotland's trees and forestry industry.

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Bees and pollination lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

As part of Scotland’s Nature Festival, one of the event participants, a teacher from Girvan Primary has created this wonderful lesson plan for her students on bees and pollination - it includes indooor and outdoor elements. This forms part of Scottish Natural Heritage's Nature Festival resources for 2016.

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Biodiversity in Scotland

Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Primary, Secondary SEPA

Scotland's Environment website has a wealth of information and data to help you explore and learn more about our biodiversity. Read overviews, biodiversity information on different wildlife habitats, explore map based data, and find citizen science resources for recording your own observations.

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Peatland Action videos

Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies, Practicalities Secondary SNH

This video highlights the many benefits from restoring peatlands to the many people who live and work with peatlands across Scotland. Restoration Technique Films and posters about peatlands are also accessible via the webpage link below.

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Tourism and Future National Parks in Scotland

Social_Studies Secondary Any

A research report (January 2016) released by The Scottish Campaign for National Parks and the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland discussing the economic and tourism benefits of designating more National Parks in Scotland’s rural and fragile communities

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Play out of hours!

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

A toolkit for the use of school grounds for playing out of teaching hours, providing case studies, rationale and practical tools. Part of the Scottish Play Strategy, this resource is aimed at head teachers, parent councils and local community organisations. Free to download, or order a hardcopy at postage cost.

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Peatlands - A Guide to Educational Activities for Schools

Interdisciplinary Primary, Secondary SNH

This resource (revised April 2014), based on Blawhorn Moss National Nature Reserve, is written for the primary school sector but includes advanced resources suitable for secondary students. The guide, together with a curriculum map, is designed to help teachers run themed projects on peat and peatlands, and to plan projects and/or site visits. Download the relevant documents from the link below.

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Recruiting Future Foresters in Less Than 60 Seconds

Social_Studies, Practicalities Secondary FCS

This video produced by ICF and sponsored by Forestry Commission Scotland shows young people 14 -18 years old the diversity of roles in the forestry sector and challenges stereotypes, all in less than a minute

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National School Grounds Week 2016 maths outdoors

Maths_Numeracy Any_Age SNH

National School Grounds Week 2016 has a focus on maths outdoors. You can find some useful resources for the week as well as curriculum linked activities and lesson ideas on the Learning Through Landscapes website. Follow the link to sign up for more information and a termly newsletter.

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John Muir Award and Attainment

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

A summary of what providers felt about whether the John Muir Award helps to improve attainment among participants. There is also a link to a full report on Attainment and the John Muir Award in Scotland.

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John Muir Award Scotland Provider Survey 2015

Interdisciplinary, Health_Wellbeing Any_Age SNH

This 2015 John Muir Award Provider Survey in Scotland assesses the Award impacts on participants, leaders and organisations that use it, and includes feedback on participant attainment and well-being. Follow the link below for a brief summary or to access a full report of the findings.

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Citizen Science and Curriculum for Excellence

Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing Any_Age SEPA

This Education Scotland document explores what citizen science is, how engaging young people in citizen science can support skills and careers, curriculum areas and STEM approaches, plus citizen science across history and cultures, how to get involved, and useful links.

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How Good is Our School? Outdoor Learning & Learning for Sustainability

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

This useful summary document outlines where outdoor learning is featured in How Good is Our School 4 (HGIOS, 4th edition, September 2015). This paper was compiled by Willie White, Outdoor Learning Development Officer, East Ayrshire, and is also available via the Grounds for Learning website.

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Clyde and Avon Valleys South Lanarkshire Education materials for schools

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

This Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) project is developing site specific online curriculum based teaching resources and promoting places to learn and play outdoors in the Clyde and Avon valleys in South Lanarkshire. SNH supports CAVLP. For information follow the link.

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Teaching, learning and play in the outdoors:a survey of school and pre-school provision in Scotland

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

This research report, published 2015, considers how schools and pre-schools are utilising the school grounds, local areas, and other places beyond as settings for the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence. It also provides new baseline measures on the impacts of taking learning outdoors.

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Taynish Art Trail

Literacy_English, Expressive_Arts, Social_Studies Secondary SNH

Inspiration from The Taynish Art Trail 2015. This includes visitors’ thoughts, feelings and observations about their experience of Taynish National Nature Reserve, including the art, poetry and sculptures they encountered.

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Identification guides and resources

Sciences Any_Age SNH

Download these free resources from OPAL to help you identify some common British plants and animals. These guides include trees, hedgerow plants, seaweeds, lichens, earthworms, aquatic invertebrates, house spiders, amphibians, bats, and many more. OPAL partners in Scotland include TCV, supported by SNH.

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Gaelic alphabet poster

Literacy_English Any_Age FCS

This OWL Scotland resource illustrates the Gaelic alphabet. This contains only 18 letters, each relating to a tree. This is a poster which illustrates the letter and tree name.

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ABC Gaelic poem poster

Literacy_English Primary, Secondary FCS

This OWL Scotland poster illustrates an ABC poem using tree names linked to the Gaelic alphabet. An English translation is also available.

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ABC Gaelic poem poster – English translation

Literacy_English Primary, Secondary FCS

This OWL Scotland resource provides an English translation of the ABC Gaelic poem poster

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Rural land use in Cairngorms National Park: conflict and resolution

Social_Studies Secondary CNP

This resource (revised October 2015) for educators and students, produced in association with Education Scotland, supports the Geography curriculum at National 4, 5 and Higher level. It contains information on the National Park, main land uses, and examples of land use conflict and the role of the Park Authority in mitigating conflict.

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Climate Ready Places

Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary SNH

This interactive web-based resource takes six ‘typical Scottish places’ and looks at the threats and opportunities Scotland’s changing climate poses, and the actions we can take to be climate ready. This project received funding from the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland.

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Play Tree and Log Finder

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Fallen trees and logs offer play potential, engagement with nature, development of physical literacy and simple outdoor gathering spaces. Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, this Grounds for Learning resource helps you find, install and manage large play trees, logs and wood products in school grounds.

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Air Pollution Teaching Pack

Sciences, Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing Primary, Secondary SEPA

Produced by SEPA and North Lanarkshire Council, with Education Scotland, this pack is designed to encourage pupils to think about air quality. It contains geography and science activities and practical outdoor experiments

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Secrets of the Celtic Rainforest

Sciences, Social_Studies Early_Years, Primary, Secondary SNH

This new Plantlife Scotland project explores the internationally important Atlantic woodlands of Scotland and the unique species that live there, with online resources for teachers and educators. Follow Ghillie Dhu, the online forest guardian sprite!

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Wriggle – a fun look at worms and soil

Sciences, Social_Studies Any_Age SEPA

SEPA’s Wriggle social network resource takes a light-hearted but factual look at the lives of worms and the importance of soil. This would support exploring soil and invertebrates outdoors and developing wormeries in school or nursery grounds.

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Wild about Plants

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

‘Wild About Plants’ Scotland is a Plantlife Scotland project to celebrate the world of wild plants and fungi. Follow the link for downloadable resources, activities and events. Wild About Plants receives funding from Scottish Natural Heritage in Scotland.

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Our Scots Pine poster

Sciences, Social_Studies Any_Age FCS

A beautiful poster of Scotland's national tree "Our Scots Pine", illustrated with a selection of the flora and fauna associated with the tree, as well as uses.Available to download with hard copies to be available from OWL Scotland.

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Outdoor Homework Resource – Grounds for Learning

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This GfL resource can extend outdoor learning beyond the school day, and encourage parental involvement. It provides curriculum linked tasks for each week along with useful links to websites and downloads. Grounds for Learning is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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