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Forest Kindergarten Guidance for Landowners - draft

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 12.05.18

This guidance note is for landowners who have been asked for the use of their land for the provision of forest kindergarten.

It outlines background information about forest kindergarten, important considerations, legal implications and general advice.

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OWL Scotland Group Admin User Guide 2017

Created by SBP Admin | Published 05.29.17

This simple guide will give group administrators detailed instructions on how to manage their OWL Group microsite.

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Fire Guidance

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 05.17.17

OWL Scotland Guidance note of using fire for outdoor and woodland learning.  The guidance note contains general guidance and safety issues for consideration when using fire.

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Tool Use Guidance

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 05.17.17

OWL Scotland Tool Use Guidance note providing information on how to introduce tools to a group, safety measures, and general guidance on using tool use for outdoor and woodland learning.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning training - guidance for teachers and practitioners

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 11.22.16


Getting started:Are you interested in developing your outdoor teaching and learning practice but baffled by the different terminology? Are you unsure which methods and activities best meet your needs? The aim of this resource is to help you to make informed choices depending on your particular setting, and illustrate clear progression pathways.

Remember, you don’t need formal training or a qualification to take children outdoors, but often training can help you to develop knowledge, skills and confidence in your outdoor practice, and add breadth and depth to the experience of the groups you work with.

Who is this for?This resource has been developed to support teachers, educators, policy makers and anyone involved with outdoor learning, including those using a woodland setting. This includes those interested in the therapeutic value of natural spaces and woodlands for young people and adults with particular needs. There are a wide range of approaches to learning outdoors for different settings and needs. Follow the link to this Outdoor Learning Directory summary table resource listing training programmes and courses provided by Environment & Forestry and partners in Scotland, with links provided for further details on individual courses or programmes.

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