Tayside OWL Group takes wing

A new look to outdoor learning in Tayside took flight at a fun, interactive outdoor event on Moncreiffe Hill, Perth last week (Saturday 19th September).

The Tayside Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Group (formerly the Tayside Forest Education Initiative), was launched as part of a Tayside Landscape Partnership archaeological event.

The enthusiastic participants - teachers and other outdoor educators from Tayside, Fife and Stirling - took part in interactive workshops on iron-age craft led by bushcraft expert Willow Lohr, fun Nature Detective activities with the Woodland Trust, and an exploration of the senses with Alison Wilson, teacher at the Robert Douglas Memorial School, Scone.

Bonnie Maggio - Forestry Commission Scotland /Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland, said;

“Learning outdoors, whether in playgrounds, towns, cities, parks or our stunning natural environments, actively engages young people and connects their broader learning with the world around them.

"The Tayside OWL group will continue to promote and support outdoor learning and play in schools and the wider community.

“The people involved are all passionate and dedicated professionals who deliver courses for teachers, family events, outdoor learning projects and a host of professional development opportunities.

“Refreshing the approach will help boost Tayside OWL Group’s efforts to promote the use of any outdoor space for outdoor and woodland learning, and, with the help of the fantastic array of free OWL resources online, introduce many more learners to our amazing outdoor classrooms.”

OWL Scotland is dedicated to increasing the use of Scotland's outdoor environments for learning and supports local OWL groups through provision of grants, resources, advice, training and networking opportunities. 

The Tayside OWL Group now has over 110 local members.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. OWL Scotland is supported by Forestry Commission Scotland and evolved out of the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) which has run successfully for over 20 years.
  4. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.