1stMay 2024

Healthy peatlands – nature’s firewall

01.05.24|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , |

This post in Scotland’s Nature (19 April 2024) shares the surprising fact that the months between March and June are the most likely to see our hills, forests and moors ablaze than any other time of the year.   It shares some useful guidelines for wildfire prevention.

9thApril 2024

University of Edinburgh explores learning in the outdoors

09.04.24|Categories: Places, Resources, Training|Tags: , , , , , |

Take a look at this great web based resource developed by Edinburgh Earth Initiative at the University of Edinburgh:  Integrating nature based and outdoor learning in HE Discover ways of conceptualising this type of learning, and practical guidelines, site details, and resources to enable educators to transform where and how [...]

5thDecember 2023

Guidance for Outdoor Mental Health Interventions: IOL releases Statements of Good Practice

05.12.23|Categories: Research, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) share statements which set out a view on competence when combining mental health and well-being interventions with outdoor learning. This includes a great summary video on ‘An introduction to Outdoor Therapy’ which sets the context for this approach. The primary goal was to develop [...]

28thNovember 2023

Improving primary science guidance advocates real world learning

28.11.23|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , |

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) have published a new guidance report, “Improving Primary Science”, complete with six practical, evidence-based recommendations to support primary science teachers and leaders in making meaningful improvements to their current science teaching provision. One of these recommendations includes linking science learning to relevant, real-world contexts e.g. “Taking [...]

1stAugust 2023

Facilitating Nature-Based Learning with Autistic Students

01.08.23|Categories: Research, Resources|Tags: , , , |

The Forest School Association have signposted this newly published paper (online, 21 July 2023)  by Samantha Friedman, et al. This paper shares research on this subject, and considers how nature-based learning may be made more accessible for autistic people. Four main domains are considered: safety, structure and routine, trust, and responsiveness. Advice [...]