This directory is a collaboration between NatureScot, Scottish Forestry, Forestry and Land Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Cairngorms National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education.  We also work with partners from Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Government and Education Scotland.

Our Mission

As Scottish Government agencies, together with representatives from Local Authorities across Scotland, we work together to co-ordinate our support for Outdoor Learning.

Aims and Ambitions

Scotland’s Outdoor Learning Directory aims to provide a portal to outdoor learning services provided by these Scottish organisations below, plus news from the wider network.

Who Are We

  • NatureScot, Scotland’s nature agency, works to enhance our natural environment and inspire the people of Scotland to care more about it, for a nature-rich future where everyone is involved.
  • Scottish Forestry is the Scottish Government agency responsible for forestry policy, support and regulations.
  • Forestry and Land Scotland looks after, manages and promotes Scotland’s national forests and land.
  • Historic Environment Scotland investigates, cares for and promotes Scotland’s historic environment, and supports discovery of more than 5,000 years of Scotland’s story through a programme of free visits, events and learning resources.
  • Cairngorms National Park works to ensure that businesses and communities in the Park thrive and are sustainable; that the Park continues to be a special place for people and nature; and that outstanding visitor and learning experiences can be enjoyed by everyone.
  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park works to safeguard an area of outstanding and diverse landscapes, habitats and communities, parts of which were coming under severe visitor and recreational pressures.
  • The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh extends over four Gardens throughout Scotland and boasts a rich living collection of plants. It is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education.
  • The Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education is the forum for representatives from Local Authorities across Scotland to consider and debate best practice in the development and safe delivery of Outdoor Learning.
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s environmental regulator. Our main role is to protect and improve the environment.
  • Education Scotland is the national body in Scotland for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching.