Find updates on play, learning, and the environment, from across the wider network in Scotland – and beyond.

23rdMarch 2023

Champhibians -a citizen science project where schools adopt ponds

Champhibians is a pond adoption scheme for schools run by ARC Trust. Ponds are valuable homes for amphibians, the adults return to ponds to mate in spring and ponds provide a nursery for the metamorphosis from tadpole to adult though the year. Without ponds we would not have amphibians such [...]

23rdMarch 2023

Learning About Forests (LEAF) – using nature as a classroom

Check out the LEAF learning programme delivered by this Keep Scotland Beautiful under Climate Action Schools.  The skills and knowledge can be acquired and applied in any natural environment. Anyone can take part in LEAF, no matter where they live. If you would join LEAF in August 2023, there is [...]

22ndMarch 2023

Wild places help narrow East Ayrshire’s poverty-related attainment gap

This news article (2 March 2023) celebrates achievements from a six year John Muir Award partnership between East Ayrshire Council and John Muir Trust. Read about how a dedicated role focused on the John Muir Award as an intervention helped close the poverty-related attainment gap. The role formed part of [...]

22ndMarch 2023

Dirt is good! Sustainability resources for your school.

The Dirt Is Good Schools Programme empowers students aged 7-14 to unite in compassion and take action on the social and environmental causes they care about, whilst working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Find case studies, many involving outdoor improvements in school grounds. Register online to access resources to [...]

7thMarch 2023

A new resource to see the streets the way kids do!

In 2018 Global Designing Cities Initiative prototyped a Streets for Kids Reverse Periscope, a simple cardboard-and-mirrors device that lets adults experience a street from a child’s height. You can now download a new guidebook to learn how to create your own Reverse Periscope, what to look for when using it, [...]