Outdoor Learning in Nature fund

The Outdoor Learning in Nature fund has now closed.


18 December 2018

Seven projects have been awarded a total of £140,000 to encourage more children in Scotland to enjoy and learn about the outdoors in their local area.

The grants have been given in the second and final round of the two-year Outdoor Learning in Nature (OLIN) fund, which has now awarded over half a million pounds to 23 projects. It is administered by NatureScot.

The projects will work with around 40 schools to deliver regular outdoor learning activities to around 1600 pupils in their local greenspaces, as well as providing professional learning to approximately 400 teachers.

Pete Rawcliffe, NatureScot’s People & Places manager, said:

“These programmes will make a real difference to children from the most deprived areas of Scotland, giving them regular, structured time outdoors. This is so important to set them up for heathy life-long habits. It will not only help them appreciate, learn about and connect with nature, but also spending time in nature has been proven to improve mental and physical health for people of all ages.”

Dundee Learning in Nature is one of the projects receiving funding. This partnership project, run by the Arts and Communities Association, will engage 1340 pupils from 6 schools in activities such as greenspace improvements and the John Muir “Explore” and “Discovery” Awards.

"Neil Crutchley, Development Worker with the Arts and Communities Association said:

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Rock Solid, John Muir Trust and Dundee City Council to provide young people with positive experiences of outdoor learning which will stay with them in the future. Learning in nature can transform lives and this project will offer many exciting creative activities to build pupil skills and confidence as well as encouraging young people to reflect on important issues of environmental protection and conservation. With the assistance of the John Muir Trust, pupils will receive accreditation for their participation through a nationally recognised award.  We are grateful to NatureScot for their support of the project which will involve young people and local communities in making lasting changes to woodland and garden spaces."

The six additional projects granted funding in Round 2 of the fund are:


  • The Outdoor Learning Map – City of Edinburgh Council
  • Learning in Forests – Youth Vision
  • Learning in Edinburgh Local Greenspace – Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust
  • Grow and Learn in Nature – Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society


  • Dundee Learning in Nature – Arts and Communities Association


  • Southside Schools Digging into Nature – Urban Roots Initiative
  • Let Glasgow Flourish – RSPB Scotland

For out more information on the Outdoor Learning in Nature fund.