Ancrum Outdoor Centre act as technical advisers to Dundee City Council and Leisure & culture Dundee and manage licensing and approval for all school off-site adventurous visits.

All Dundee schools receive core targeted alternative curriculum block sessions with the Centre throughout the year. Schools may also buy-in additional sessions / programmes through the year (using PEF or other funding) that can help support children and young people to develop their personal and social skills as well as taking part in direct curriculum related field studies.

Ancrum Outdoor Team offer trainning for Primary school teachers in the 'Outdoor Learning Card' pack resource and other courses for school staff which can be delivered in twilight sessions and other in-house training as advertised in 'Mylearn'.

School staff can also book onto NGB courses being run from the Centre including Lowland Leader Award Training and Assessment, 2 day REC Outdoor First Aid, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Bikeability Cycle Training Assistant courses.

For more information download our Dundee Outdoor Learning School Activity and Training Packages programme.

Countryside Learning Scotland is a unique Scottish charity helping people to learn about the countryside. With a particular concern for young people and those living in urban areas, Countryside Learning Scotland provides an adaptable programme of education, co-ordinating classroom speakers, offering resources on countryside topics and organising school visits into the countryside.

Creative STAR Learning Ltd has an award-winning "must visit" website for inspirational ideas for learning and play outdoors. With free downloads and over 600 blog posts covering many aspects of learning outside, it is a useful resource for primary teachers and early years educators particularly for literacy, maths and other curriculum and whole school matters. In addition, the founder, Juliet Robertson and her team of teachers work with schools to empower staff to lead their teaching and learning outside. This support can include training, modelling lessons, team teaching, audits and school improvement work. It's a cost effective approach that dovetails with the Attainment Challenge and Learning for Sustainability recommendations.

The Earth Restoriation Service School Tree Nurseries Programme and the School Flutter Flower Programme are providing a service to both the community and the environment by helping children in schools to learn about the environment and to plant trees and create wildflower meadows in order to restore their local degraded habitats.

What do we do? We enrich the lives of Scotland’s children by helping them to connect with nature, become more active, learn outdoors, develop social skills and have fun.

Where possible we encourage young people to have a say in  the way their grounds are used and improved. As a result they learn to create  and look after something valuable; their self-esteem grows and their behaviour  improves, along with their potential to learn and achieve.

The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability.

OPAL aims to make more than a million people more aware of the open spaces and conservation sites around them, and more knowledgeable about the contribution individuals can make to protect them.

Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) works in partnership with teachers to enable real-life learning opportunities.

Our free resources are used by schools across Scotland and experiences gained through RHET can be harnessed by teachers in their programmes to help deliver Curriculum for Excellence.

A highly trained network of Project Coordinators working in rural communities maintain a network of farmers to deliver surpervised and structured on-farm programmes. Classroom speakers are also utilised in order to supplement these visits or to reach classes that are unable to make it out onto working farms.

Loch Leven is a wildlife haven - and a great place to learn about nature.

In spring and summer, experience the sights and sounds of swooping swallows, sky-dancing lapwings and darting dragonflies. Autumn and winter see the return of thousands of migrating geese and the spectacular white-tailed eagle.

Bring your class and find out more about their life cycles and adaptations for survival through our range of habitats and conservation programmes.  

Facilities include a varied outdoor learning space with woodlands and wetlands, an indoor classroom, toilets, pond dipping areas, birdwatching hides, and woodland and wetland trails.
 

The Scottish Advisory Panel 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.

Wild Sparks can offer schools and groups a variety of enrichment days at our site on Bamff Estate, Alyth. Experienced Wild Sparks leaders will take your class on an adventure in outdoor learning, with activitiy programmes for all levels.  Activity programmes include:

  • Wee Wild Sparks (Nursery to P1)
  • Wild Sparks Adventurers (P2+)
  • Wild Sparks Survivors (P5+)

Our tree packs for schools and communities offer the perfect opportunity to bring people together to plant trees - encouraging local wildlife, protecting our landscape against tree disease and creating beautiful wooded areas that people can enjoy for years to come. 

Our tree packs for schools and communities offer the perfect opportunity to bring people together to plant trees - encouraging local wildlife, protecting our landscape against tree disease and creating beautiful wooded areas that people can enjoy for years to come.