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What is Outdoor Learning?

Outdoor Learning is an innovative programme developed by TCV Scotland. The programme works with young people to engage and inspire them about biodiversity and conservation in their local environment through practical environmental activities, outdoor play and accredited learning.

Why is Outdoor Learning important?

TCV Scotland believes that looking after green spaces isn’t just about caring for nature – it’s about caring for young people as well. We know from our own experience that getting involved in environmental projects can inspire young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. The Outdoor Learning Programme is applicable to all ages and offers an innovative teaching method providing significant benefits for children and young people’s learning and personal development.

How can you participate?

  • TCV School based projects - engaging pupils with their surroundings and environment. A number of fun, interactive and healthy programmes are available including School Green Gym, School Grounds Development and Loose Parts Play Sessions. Outdoor Learning offers a creative way to link to Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes, and complements whole-school initiatives. The programme can also provide Continuing Professional Development Training for teachers and Early Years workers.
  • TCV Discover Me Natural Play - where families can learn, play, explore and discover in school grounds and local green space areas.
  • TCV Citizen Science Programme - this aims to develop environmental citizenship by getting young people involved in environmental monitoring.
  • TCV Employability in the Outdoors Award - a unique and outdoor delivered introduction to the world of work for those who are unsure about how to gain and sustain employment.

Outdoor Learning can also support nurseries, schools or groups to secure sources of funding to enable delivery of programmes.


To find out how TCV Scotland can help you start a project, please contact:

Julie Grant, Senior Project Officer

TCV Scotland
St Joseph's Academy
Grassyards Road

Tel: 01563 544304
Mobile: 07870 678573