Woods for learning
We work with education professionals to promote the use and benefits of teaching outdoors – particularly in woods and forests.
Outdoor learning can be active, challenging and enjoyable. It contributes to good health and wellbeing, and raises awareness of issues like climate change and sustainable development.
Woods for learning strategy
- The Woods for Learning strategy (PDF 2.6Mb) describes the many benefits of outdoor learning and details our strategy for promoting teaching outdoors in Scotland, from 2010-2013.
- The Woods for Learning action plan 2015-2017 (PDF 63k) outlines actions and timescales for delivering elements of the woods for learning strategy.
Outdoor and woodland learning Scotland
OWL Scotland is dedicated to increasing the use of Scotland's outdoor environments for learning.
Scotland’s outdoor learning directory
Scotland’s outdoor learning directory is a portal to services supporting outdoor learning in Scotland provided by Scottish Government organisations.
Curriculum for excellence: impact and benefits
This video explores the impact of the curriculum for excellence in primary schools as told by those involved – teachers, pupils and parents. It shows how the flexibility of the CfE accommodates more engaging learning in different contexts, including the outdoors.
The example illustrates how one school partnered with Forestry Commission Scotland to allow different pupil groups to learn and study everything from poetry, maths, social subjects and sciences in the outdoors, making learning more engaging and exciting for all involved.