Outdoor learning is an approach to learning that can be incorporated into every area of the curriculum. Being outdoors allows a hands-on approach with challenges that cannot be offered in the classroom. Outdoor learning brings together many different areas allowing learners of all ages to make connections on their learning journey. Different outdoor learning experiences offer a breadth of opportunities for personal and learning skills development in areas such as communication, problem solving, information technology, working with others, creativity and thinking skills. These transferable skills are required to meet the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly changing world.
The value of outdoor learning is expressed in the Curriculum for Excellence publication ‘Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning’.
“Learning need not take place solely within educational buildings. The outdoor environment has massive potential for learning. We are extremely fortunate to have such rich urban and rural environments on our doorsteps and…learning experiences can be enhanced by maximising the potentials of the outdoors”.
View the Outdoor Learning photos on our Facebook page.
View photos on Facebook from the Outward Bound Taster Course that took place on Friday 22 March 2013 at Mugdock Country Park.
View photos on Facebook of the Outdoor Learning enthusiasts from College Development Network and WildThings! who were developing survival skills in November 2013 in Moray.
Tuesday 10 December 2013 Under the trees with College Development Network - a free event at Malls Mire Community Woodland in association with Urban Roots, Glasgow. Further information.
- Enjoying the outdoors - attitudes and behaviours of young people in Scotland
- Cairngorms National Park - education resources
- 14 arts projects named for Year of Natural Scotland - The Scotsman 29 January 2013
- Education Trips - Managing risks on Advanced Higher Geography field trips (354.96 kB)
- Education Trips - Case study: Sailing through Maths (376.75 kB) (Collegiate High School, Blackpool)
- Education - School Trips - Case Study - Holyrood Park (494.85 kB)
John Muir Trust
John Muir Trust news re safeguarding Scotland's Wild Land (23 September 2013)
John Muir Trust e-Newsletter November 2013 (published 28 November 2013)
John Muir Award (PowerPoint) (2.58 MB) - Alan Smith (from Aviemore event spring 2013)
John Muir Award Autumn 2013 online newsletter via issuu
Project Wild Thing - reconnecting kids with nature
John Muir Award ezine autumn 2013 - October
Calvert Trust - challenging disability through outdoor adventure
Lake District Calvert Trust: currently have funding to work with Scottish colleges and other organisations working with people with disabilities. If you are interested in partnering the Lake District Calvert Trust Outreach team please e-mail or call 01768 772255.
Common Cause Scotland
Action Learning Programme (ALP) from September 2013.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Cairngorms Nature: Action Plan 2013 - 18 (Cairngorms National Park Action Plan)
2020 Vision newsletter August 2013
2020 Vision newsletter August 2013
Edinburgh Outdoors - parks and wildlife information for the Edinburgh area
Scotland's Environment - toolkits for citizen science projects
GoingOutThere - toolkits for visit risk assessment etc
Flower Power - outdoor learning is remembered - Borders College news 11 September 2013.
Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment - key findings from survey (Natural England) (useful infographic)
'Give pupils more outdoor time' - The Scotsman - 11 April 2013.
Scotland's Nature app - Scottish Natural Heritage news (11 February 2013)
John Muir - BBC i-player - 'The Last Explorers' series