Sam Bertioli a secondary school pupil from Tarbert Academy taking part in a photography project at Claonaig woodlands. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the SNH Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or


Secondary teachers can use free resources from NatureScot and others to explore Scotland’s nature outdoors and in the classroom.

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 secondary school teachers below.

Learn about the latest advances

Advances is a series of A2 posters that inform teachers about advances in a range of nature and landscape issues in Scotland.

Poster titles include:

  • Scotland: A Little Piece of North America – which explains how Scotland was formed more than 400 million years ago
  • Climate Change: The Heat is Up and it’s Raining – describes the effects of current climate changes across Scotland

Search for Advances posters

Know the code before you go

Help young people (aged 8–14) to explore and understand their rights and responsibilities in the outdoors. Scottish Outdoor Access Code Activity Guides suggest stimulating and fun activities that support Curriculum for Excellence themes such as Learning Outdoors and Citizenship.

View Scottish Outdoor Access Code Activity Guides

Discover John Muir

Want to inspire young people about conservation? You could use the Scottish Book Trust’s John Muir graphic novel in activities with upper primary and lower secondary students.

It aims to raise students’ awareness of the value of the natural environment and encourage them to actively help to protect and enhance our wild places – just as John Muir did. Supporting online activities let readers engage with the concepts in a creative and enjoyable way, to develop a deeper understanding of the issues.

The novel, developed with support from Creative Scotland and NatureScot, supports Curriculum for Excellence.

Other resources on the Scottish-American founder of the national park movement include the John Muir Trust.

No idea about deer?

Then visit the Deer in Scotland Education Zone. Its activities fulfil a range of Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes, and offer outdoor learning ideas.

Project inspiration

Teachers and students can explore our topics of interest to secondary students.

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. Read about activities designed to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010

All stages

View our range of lower secondary educational resources in Gaelic.

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 schools 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 schools wishing to improve their grounds for biodiversity and learning and teaching.

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

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