Outdoor Learning Resources

The following list provides some useful information on outdoor learning ideas and resources that might be of interest to teachers, parents and carers:

Countryside Classroom – connecting schools with food, farming and the natural environment. Resources available by age group, curriculum subject and theme

Creative Star  – blog with lots of great ideas for outdoor learning

Creative Star’s Newsletter from April 2020  – the April 2020 newsletter contains a selection of useful links

Digimap for Schools – Digimap for Schools is FREE to all schools until 31st July 2020

Field Studies Council (FSC)#Fieldworklive: free lessons focusing on a range of Geography and Science content aimed at Primary and Secondary age groups. Also, simple activities for children involving scavenger hunts, the weather and maps

FlexiFOLA: In response to Covid-19 restrictions, a flexible new approach to Forest and Outdoor Learning Award (FOLA) training in Scotland has been developed. The course starts online in the week beginning 18th May 2020, with immersive practical days taking place in an Edinburgh woodland at a later date. Discounted rates for pilot course, for all levels (SCQF 5-8).

HQOL Scottish flyer: Scottish version of the High Quality Outdoor Learning document produced by Andy Beveridge and AHOEC

Learning Outdoors Support Team (LOST) East Ayrshire – loads of great ideas, links, videos and blog posts about outdoor learning

Learning through Landscapes – free outdoor learning ideas and outdoor lesson plans

Learning through Landscapes: weekly ideas sheets – sustainable learning and play activities for Early Learning and Upper Primary school children

Ordnance Survey – GetOutside Inside: Over 50 national organisations in the outdoor recreation industry have come together to keep you connected with the outdoors and engaged with our natural environments whilst we all continue to self-isolate to help protect our communities

Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland (OWL) – OWL Scotland is a network of practitioners that provide training opportunities in outdoor learning and have a large online resource library

Outdoor Learning Directory – a signposting site for all outdoor learning resources related to the Scottish Government environment and forestry agencies

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET): a range of resources and links to support your food, farming and STEM delivery at all CfE levels

RSPB – fun learning activities. Here are the resource list: Getting Started in Outdoor Learning through Awards Additional Resources and a list of lesson ideas: Webinar CfE teacher ideas jam from the webinar.

Woodland Trust – Outdoor Learning Pack resource pack

Youth Link – a guide to: Outdoor Learning and Education Recovery