Classroom without Walls
Outdoor learning is increasingly seen as an entitlement for children and young people, yet can be difficult to organise. As a parent or volunteer you can be invaluable to a school in providing the extra support needed every time a group of pupils goes outside the school grounds (when adult-pupil ratios quite rightly need to be much more generous). This applies for all sorts of field trips etc. A useful solution is also sometimes to use an Outdoor Centre. You may well be aware of the centres below, but your school may not be.
Outdoor Learning Centres
Various organisations operate Outdoor Learning Centres, which are widely used by schools as key parts of their annual curriculum. Residential and day activities include Environmental Education, P7- S1 Transition, Leadership courses, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, etc:
Scripture Union Scotland http://www.classroomoutdoors.org.uk/
Teen Ranch, near Dundee www.teenranch.scot/
The Vine Trust http://www.vinetrust.org/education/ has a Centre for Global Education in Leith,which unusually is on a barge! A variety of excellent lessons is available.
The Vine Trust has also been organising overseas trips for schools since 2007. It also organises the highly respected Global Student Forum.