Useful Resources for Learning Outside the Classroom

In our experience theres a whole host of places you can look to find ideas, tools and suggestions to get you and your learners in an outdoor environment yet cover your curriculum at the same time. If you have an outdoor classroom or just a corner of the school grounds you’ve got what you need to excite, engage and stimulate your learners. Here’s our compilation of the best places you can look to make best use of your time:

Outdoor canopy classroom

FREE support from…

The Woodland Trust:

Nature Detectives   

Schools (lists all learning opportunities including free sapling packs for schools) 

Green Tree Schools Award  

Ancient Tree Hunt 


Forestry Commission:

Woodland Learning 

Key partner in Forest Education (Forest Schools) 


Other organisations:

Education Scotland, especially:

KS1–KS4 Growing Schools Garden Teacher Resource Pack (and much more!)

Available to down load from: 

Scottish Natural Heritage 

Grounds for Learning Scotland 

RSPB Bird Identifier 

Wildlife TV (in case it rains!) 

Scottish Outdoor Access Code (primary and secondary resources) 

Creative Star Learning especially ‘I’m a Teacher get me Outside ’blog 

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom    


Books or resources packs (to buy)

  • Earth & Snow Walks by Steve Van Matre, The Institute for Earth Education UK
  • Sharing Nature with Children – Part I & II by Joseph Cornell, Deep Books
  • Nature’s Playground by Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield
  • Go Wild by Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield
  • Talking to the Earth by Gordon MacLellan
  • No Fear – Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society by Tim Gill
  • Natural Leaders: Environmental Games and Activities by The National Trust for
  • LOC Handbook by School Outdoor Learning 
  • Arbojo Packs (for Teacher led team building) by School Outdoor Learning
  • Expansive Education by Guy Claxton, Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck
  • Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  • Children Learning Outside the Classroom by Sue Waite