Year of Coasts and Waters

The Year of Coasts and Waters has begun, and the John Muir Award have a lovely resource which you can link to:

Aimed at youth workers, teachers, families and adults a new ‘Get Involved’ free download invites everyone to dive into Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.
Visit to access participation information, resources, ideas and activities from a range of collaborative partners.
Ideal for supporting John Muir Award groups and others, including Junior Ranger Programmes.

1 minute - Outward Bound presentation

#gowildforwellbeing… is a campaign The Outward Bound Trust are running to raise awareness of how being outdoors and engaging with adventure can help to build positive wellbeing and equip young people with the self belief and capabilities to cope with change in life.
The Trust has commissioned a couple of papers looking at existing research and making links to the work of Outward Bound, and also written a few blogs and articles. Links to all the resources can be found at: The Trust is also piloting some research into impact on wellbeing through an Outward Bound course using the WEMWBS tool (The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale).

1 minute presentation - Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education (SAPOE)

The Scottish Advisory Panel in Outdoor Education (SAPOE) has responsibility for updating and maintaining Scottish Government guidance Going Out There - Scottish Framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits .
SAPOE is consulting with a wide range of partners, to get some feedback about the guidance document and associated toolkits, in order to refresh and update content. It would be appreciated if NNOL members could complete a short questionnaire and provide us with any information that we could use to improve the guidance. The questionnaire can be found here.

NNOLStrategic - 3 minute post - Rob Bushby

Scotland's 'IWill Ambassadors have launched an #IWill4Nature climate campaign to tie in with Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. The youth social action campaign asks each of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities to pledge to host a special Environment Committee in 2020 where young people and local politicians can work together on policy to reduce waste and pollution at local level.

Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 2020
A 'Get Involved' resource is being created by FSC Scotland, the John Muir Trust and a collaboration of partners to promote and support participation. Stories of how people engage with the themed year will be collated throughout 2020. Info here in December - help share and support!

Urban Nature Maps for Edinburgh and Glasgow
Following a highly successful project to create a unique map of London, highlighting the natural and recreational assets of the city, Urban Good CIC is planning t…

NNOLStrategic - 1 minute post from Scottish Natural Heritage

The Outdoor Learning Directory is a website developed by the Environment, Forestry and Heritage agencies in Scotland, designed to signpost resources, events, training, funding, research, and news on outdoor learning and play.
The website is currently being updated, and I’d like your input to improve it to make it the go-to resource for anyone interested in outdoor learning and play in Scotland.

I’m seeking teachers – early years, primary, secondary – and outdoor practitioners, to take part in a Survey Monkey to explore the Directory and give feedback on how it could be improved. The Survey will probably be circulated between December 2019 - January 2020 – there may be random prizes for those providing responses!

If you would like to take part, or work with teachers who might be interested in providing feedback, please get in touch - Penny Martin, Outdoor Learning Advisor, Scottish Natural Heritage E: THANKS!

NNOLStrategic - 3 min from Learning for Sustainability

National Network for Outdoor Learning - Strategic Seminar 20th November 2019

"Thanks to the NNOL for organising such an informative, thought provoking event with so many partnership organisations represented!"
"Informative and inspiring day at the #NNOLStrategic event"
"Great day #NNOLStrategic meeting, food for thought for the future of our #outdoorlearning and inspiring talks as always from across the sector!"

Just some of the comments following our strategic seminar held at Glasgow Youth Hostel today. It was great to see so many organisations engaging in networking, sharing, informing and supporting. A big thank you to our Scottish Outdoor Learning Community!

If you would like any further information or to be put in touch with speakers or delegates please email

Note : almost all links from 1 min or 3 min presentations are on the twitter conversation #NNOLStrategic or can be found by following @nnol_scotland

Organisations present today were:

Scottish Government Learning Directorate
Mid Lothian Council E…