Scotland's Nature Network


Scotland's Nature Network

A place to share issues or find out more about what's happening in Scotland

Location: Scotland - of course!
Members: 35
Latest Activity: Mar 30, 2020

Beautiful Scotland. A natural playground.

Empty beaches

World class geology

Fine days

Solitude when camping wild

Walks for all ages

Discussion Forum

What do you think? The Scottish Outdoor Learning Website

Hi FolksA Curriculum for Excellence Through Outdoor Learning is now published and available from the re-vamped LTS Outdoor…Continue

Tags: learning, website, resources, outdoor, Teaching

Started by Juliet Robertson Apr 30, 2010.

Nature Kindergartens in Scotland

We have a growing number of outdoor nurseries in Scotland. To give you a flavour, have a look at this news…Continue

Tags: Garden, Woodlands, Mindstretchers, Secret, preschool

Started by Juliet Robertson Feb 22, 2010.

Richard Louv is to give a keynote speech IN SCOTLAND! 4 Replies

Richard Louv is to be a keynote presenter at the Mindstretchers Conference at the Crieff Hydro Hotel, Tuesday 8th June 2010. Great news! This is now THE event of 2010!Details can be found on the…Continue

Started by Juliet Robertson. Last reply by Juliet Robertson Feb 3, 2010.

National developments in outdoor learning - Scotland

Hi FolksScotland has its own education system that differs from England and Wales. Outdoor learning has moved up the political agenda in recent years. Okay...we're on the first few rungs of the…Continue

Tags: LOtC, outside, classroom, Scotland, learning

Started by Juliet Robertson Dec 14, 2009.

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Comment by Suz Lipman on June 1, 2012 at 9:16am

I'm sorry to report that a C&NN Connect member has sent inappropriate messages to members of this group. That member has been suspended.

Comment by Juliet Robertson on February 27, 2012 at 12:29am

OK This news is from Wales but hey! 

Pre-school children mediate naturally when playing in woods - interesting article from Wales

Comment by Juliet Robertson on December 4, 2011 at 4:30pm

Thanks for this Suz!

Comment by Suz Lipman on December 1, 2011 at 1:26pm

News from Scotland:

The Scottish Government is consulting on a "rights of children and young people" bill. Tony King in the Guardian: Access to wildlife should be a right, not a privilege.


Comment by Juliet Robertson on November 5, 2011 at 12:19pm

Two new resources published for Outdoor Learning


1) Building your Curriculum: Outside and In


As an active and productive pedagogy, outdoor learning is an integral part of good practice within learning and teaching. Planning for regular, frequent learning outdoors ensures that progressive and sustainable outdoor learning opportunities are embedded in the curriculum and that they form a central part of the vision and ethos of the school or centre.

Building your Curriculum: Outside and In supports a strategic approach to the development of outdoor learning and provides a framework and process for collaborative planning and review.


2) Outdoor Learning: Practical guidance, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners in Scotland


This resource provides practical, accessible and straightforward advice on how to engage children and young people with learning outdoors. It incorporates ideas for organising learning in the outdoors, for making connections across the curriculum and for planning within curriculum areas. It also includes a CPD framework and supporting materials.


Feedback welcomed - I headed up the team of writers and did the bulk of the writing and editing.

Comment by Juliet Robertson on May 20, 2011 at 9:41am

Here's a useful set of Woods for Learning Case Studies up on the Learning and Teaching Scotland website. Any questions, please ask. Happy to expand upon what's written.

Comment by Juliet Robertson on May 11, 2011 at 10:31pm

Hello Everyone


It's been a busy few months in Scotland. Yesterday, our Government education organisation produced this leafletwhich helps explain our approach to outdoor learning. I'm interested to know your thoughts.

Comment by Juliet Robertson on October 25, 2010 at 1:22pm
Learning and Teaching Scotland have just published a programme of Outdoor Learning CPD for Teachers across Scotland. It is just for teachers, though! It looks like an interesting selection so I'm pleased I'm still registered as a supply teacher!
For more information have a look at my blog or visit the LTS website.
Comment by Juliet Robertson on September 20, 2010 at 11:43pm
Good news! Health Protection Scotland and the Care Commission (CC) have decided that provided the Secret Garden ensure 10 key points are covered - risk assessments, info to parents, etc., etc. the nursery may follow the hygiene procedures it has tried and tested. It appears mainly as an exercise in the CC covering themselves in guidelines and regulations to allow for the change.
Comment by Suz Lipman on September 5, 2010 at 11:21am
I tried to reach Jeannie too late. We're trying to address the spam issue. The thing for people to know is that it often generates from a "bot". The source is mechanical, and not a real person. I don't know enough about it to know what the intent is, if there is any. I don't think addresses are collected. The spam is random and certainly not personal or targeted. I know it's a bother and we're looking into how to prevent it. We already have "approval" safeguards in place when every new member joins or when any member posts a blog post. Yet still some spam reaches people's inboxes. I'm not sure how this is happening. Again, we're looking into solutions. We certainly don't want to lose anyone from the forum, and we want people to have a positive experience while they're here.

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