Research Report

Teaching in nature



Mannion G, Fenwick A, Nugent C & I'Anson J (2011) Teaching in nature. Commissioned Report, 476. Inverness: Scottish Natural Heritage.

SNH has a remit for people’s enjoyment and understanding of the natural heritage as well as the care of it. The potential for the educational use of National Nature Reserves (NNRs) (and similar ‘wild’ places for nature) is not well understood. This research was designed to enable practicing teachers from primary and secondary schools to collaboratively explore how National Nature Reserves could be used to provide for learning across a range of subject areas. This work was conducted within the context of the new national curriculum initiative in Scotland, Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) (LTS, 2010). For further information (including videos of outdoor excursions, lesson plans, and supporting commentaries), visit the project website:

education; environment; teaching; nature; curriculum; teacher; outdoor; outdoor learning; Environment and children; Play areas Scotland

FundersThe Primary Science Teaching Trust
Title of seriesCommissioned Report
Number in series476
Publication date31/12/2011
PublisherScottish Natural Heritage
Publisher URL…-detail/?id=1839
Place of publicationInverness

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Dr John I'Anson

Dr John I'Anson

Senior Lecturer, Education

Professor Gregory Mannion

Professor Gregory Mannion

Professor, Education

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