We are creating a wealth of opportunities to help disadvantaged children and young people make meaningful connections with nature and the outdoors.
Our aim is to enable better educational, professional and life outcomes for each individual as they connect with nature and acquire knowledge and skills. We do this by working alongside schools, colleges and a broad spectrum of private and public sector organisations, providing a range of tailored outdoor learning sessions, training and grant funding.
Our schools programme is provided free of charge and targeted to schools located within a 15 mile radius of one of our estates. Our support is specifically for schools in areas of deprivation, and children and young people who are disadvantaged or face particular social, educational or behavioural challenges.
We approach each school with a listening ear, offering a targeted programme of support based on a needs analysis. From these initial conversations, our proposed support will take one of the following routes:
Developing Outdoor Learning at your school
Our ‘Whole School Support’ approach helps to embed outdoor learning into the curriculum by developing a Theory of Change model with your school.
Outdoor Learning Support for priority groups
A range of tailored programmes for children and young people that address their specific needs, with clear objectives and impact assessments at the end of a 6-8 week programme. Programmes include structured outdoor learning sessions in woodland, river, farm or workshop settings.
Outdoor Learning Inspiration
Day visits to our outdoor learning sites to ignite a passion for nature and the outdoors in students and staff, demonstrating the potential of outdoor learning to encourage further engagement.
We also signpost other organisations that may be able to support a school in a complementary capacity. Our support can also extend to a school’s wider community if this results in increased access to the outdoors for students.
For more information, please contact us by email or complete our Schools Application Form.
Find out more about our Outdoor Essentials grant, helping schools provide wellies and waterproofs for outdoor learning.
Please also take a look at our Green Influencers Scheme, which is an England-wide environmental social action project for 10-14 year-olds. There may be a Host Organisation near you.
Our Community Programme supports the work of organisations who are already in contact with disadvantaged young people and those facing challenging circumstances or deprivation.
We aim to co-design and co-deliver outdoor learning sessions using the OMHI (Outdoor Mental Health Interventions) Model, combining our professional qualifications with a partner organisation’s specialist offering in order to achieve desired outcomes.
These outdoor learning sessions normally last for a 6-8 week period and take place predominantly on our estates but also on green spaces close to the young person’s locality.
Our Community Programme also aims to build a network of Outdoor Learning Officers with funding to support partner organisations throughout the UK, working with disadvantaged young people.
We are continually developing our Community Programme and welcome conversations with potential partner organisations, including those who share our interest in Ecotherapy and its potential for helping disadvantaged young people in the community.
For more information about partnering with us, please contact us by email.
This programme focuses on careers and qualifications for disadvantaged young people aged 16-30 years, particularly those facing challenging circumstances and deprivation or those from BAME communities, who are currently under-represented in outdoor professions.
We aim to inspire each person to translate their love of nature into a career. We do this through:
- Apprenticeships and Traineeships
- Delivery of Qualifications
- Specialist Training Courses and CPD
- Work Experience, Careers Fairs and Open Days
We are partnering with a growing number of organisations to help fund and deliver the Outdoor Futures programme. The Trust’s own Training and Apprenticeships grant stream (see below) is available to trainees and apprentices.
Please contact us for more information.
Our established Environmental Engagement Grant schemes are currently scheduled to resume in Spring 2021, having been paused throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.