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Early years

Early years practitioners can use free resources from Scottish Natural Heritage and others to help bring Scotland’s nature to life.

You can search the Outdoor Learning Directory to find funding, resources, places, training and people to meet all of your outdoor learning needs. Or see what we have to offer early years practitioners below.

Biodiversity activities pack

Watch our Biodiversity Begins with a B video, for use with children of all ages.

Find out how your class can engage with biodiversity on your doorstep. Download activities designed to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010

All stages

Find simple low resource activities and facts to inspire you take time out with nature.

A group photo walk around your local area can be a great way to inspire young people to think about the nature around them. Get tips on where to start in Photo Walks: A resource for teachers, facilitators and group leaders.

We support Grounds for Learning, which can help preschools to connect with nature by better using their grounds and local area. View Garden for Life leaflets on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website. These are useful to preschools wishing to improve their grounds for biodiversity and learning and teaching.

You can also explore this website to find out about Scottish Natural Heritage, Scotland’s habitats and species or ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Find out more

Teaching, learning and play in the outdoors: a survey of school and pre-school provision in Scotland: SNH Commissioned Report No. 779