Outdoor Learning Resources

Bring lessons to life. Below you’ll find an extensive library of the best online teaching resources, activities, and support materials for all subjects including outdoors education, nature, the environment, and children’s health

Countryside Classroom
Led by Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), the Countryside Classroom is the largest ever partnership of organisations committed to helping children learn about food, farming and the natural environment. Visit the web resource

The Country Trust
The Country Trust is a national educational charity dedicated to bringing alive the working countryside for children least able to access it. Visit the web resource

Learning Through Landscapes
The website is for anyone who has a passion for creating stimulating outdoor learning and play experiences for children and young people. Visit the web resource

Growing schools
This website aims to support teachers and practitioners in using the ‘outdoor classroom’ as a resource across the curriculum for pupils of all ages. Visit the web resource

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
The national voice for learning outside the classroom. They believe that every young person (0-19yrs) should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances. This website offers a large range of resources developed with the support of many experts in the field learning outside the classroom. Visit the web resource

Groundwork and Schools
They provide practical support to teaching and support staff by bringing interest and expertise into the classroom while providing a range of opportunities for pupils to engage in projects and activities outside the school gates, embedding learning in community settings and harnessing the educational benefits of the natural world. Visit the web resource

The Association for Science Education (ASE)
The largest subject association in the UK. As the professional body for all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education Visit the web resource

The Primary Science Teaching Trust
The website reports on exciting developments, provides resources for Continuing Professional Development, and offers a growing range of lesson and planning resources. Visit the web resource

Trailblazer
An exciting award scheme promoting outdoor learning and environmental education for young people of all ages in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and West Berkshire. Trailblazer is a scheme for schools and youth groups to help co-ordinate, support and develop their work in the outdoors. Visit the web resource

Nature and wildlife classroom resources

ARKive
Free teaching resources which are packed full of the world’s best wildlife photos and videos, bringing lessons to life whatever the subject. Visit the web resource

Great Plant Hunt
The Great Plant Hunt offers exciting practical science activities for children aged 5-11 and encourage children to explore the natural world around. Visit the web resource

Grow Wild
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Grow Wild inspires communities, friends, neighbours and individuals across the UK to come together to transform local spaces, by sowing, growing and enjoying native wild flowers. Visit the web resource

Learn With Dogs Trust
A collection of curriculum-linked classroom teaching resources providing fun activities with dog themed context to engage children and bring learning to life. Visit the web resource

Learning Rooms
Learning Rooms is a FREE online resource for teachers. It provides a route, a plan, a way forward for turning your classroom – any classroom – into a place where children can not only achieve academic success, but social success too. Visit the web resource

The National Trust
The National Trust are committed to trying to inspire a generation of children to get outside and discover just how much fun can be had with the natural world. Visit the web resource

The RSPB
A dedicated resource section for children and teachers from The RSPB which is full of amazing facts about birds and the environment. Visit the web resource

The Wildlife Trusts
Running pioneering schemes to encourage children to enjoy the great outdoors and helping them to kindle an early interest in nature. Visit the web resource

The Woodland Trust
The Trust has developed a series of high quality learning resources and projects for schools, most created in partnership with teachers and tested by children. Visit the web resource

The World Wildlife Fund
The world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation that addresses a wide range of issues including environmental education. Visit the web resource

Wetlands for Life
One of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations which provides a range of interactive resources including videos and live webcams. Visit the web resource

Wildlife Watch
The junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for children with activities, games, and downloads. Visit the web resource

Environmental classroom resources

British Ecological Society
The British Ecological Society aims to support those delivering ecological content in school and higher education. Visit the web resource

Eco-Schools
Aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated learning. Visit the web resource

The E.ON Energy Experience
Created to help teachers teach young people about energy. These resources will help young people to understand about the different sources of energy we use. Visit the web resource

The Eden Project
A collection of free teaching resources, lesson plans, and play activities for parents and teachers. Visit the web resource

Forests for the Future
Designed for upper Primary learners 10 –12 years, in England and Scotland, to explore the local and global issues surrounding climate change and sustainable development. Visit the web resource

Forestry Commission England
They have created some great downloadable lesson plans to be used in the forest. They contain links to the new national curriculum. Visit the web resource

Farming and Countryside Education (FACE)
The Interactive Area of the FACE website highlights any interactive teaching resources on the FACE website. Whiteboard Games, Podcasts, Videos and more! Visit the web resource

Gardening with children
The Schools Zone section of this website is full of stimulating ideas for the class and includes a collection of helpful factsheets, competitions and fun things to do on a rainy day. Visit the web resource

Global Action Plan
The UK’s leading environmental behaviour change charity which, since 1993, has helped businesses, schools, and communities reduce their impact on the environment. Visit the web resource

It’s our world
The UK’s largest art project celebrating the environment and promoting sustainability. Open to anyone aged 4-19 years – Find out how to put yourself on the map

John Muir Award
The John Muir Award is an environmental award that encourages people of all backgrounds to connect, enjoy and care for wild places through a structured yet adaptable scheme. Find out more

Living Streets
A national charity that stands up for pedestrians and works with you to create safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it’s great to walk. Visit the web resource

OPAL
Learn how to explore, study, and enjoy your local environment with free to download resources including activity ideas, identification guides, and lesson plans. Visit the web resource

The Outdoor Learning Directory
Developed as one-stop-shop for outdoor learning information and resources, for the Environment & Forestry (ENFOR) bodies – including Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Forestry Commission Scotland, Cairngorms & Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Parks, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Visit the web resource

Recycle Now
Supported and funded by Government, Recycle Now is an excellent resource to help educate children about the importance of recycling. Visit the web resource

The National Association for Environmental Education
The association for teachers, lecturers, advisers, education officers, trainers, students, and all who are concerned with education and the environment. Visit the web resource

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening
A collection of resources to help you get started in setting up and using a garden in your school. Visit the web resource

WWF Footprint Calculator
Calculate your carbon footprint; learn about reducing your footprint, and share knowledge with others. Visit the web resource

Young People’s Trust for the Environment
Founded in 1982, the Young People’s Trust for the Environment is a charity which aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. Visit the web resource

Food and health classroom resources

Asda’s Community Life
Schools Toolkit and Mini Chefs cooking lessons are free for schools to download. Designed together with the British Nutrition Foundation and Children’s Food Trust, they support the curriculum on food education, cooking skills and healthy eating in all four nations. Visit the web resource

British Nutrition Foundation
A vast array of resources to support teachers and pupils in schools learning about food and nutrition including posters, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, ICT templates and much more. Visit the web resource

Budding Gardeners
Harrod Horticulture bring you their website for schools which now includes lots of advice on planning, growing and cooking, ideas for activities, access to free, individual advice by email, seasonal updates and discounts on gardening equipment. View web resource

Children’s Food Trust
Protecting every child’s right to eat better, have the balanced diet, cooking skills, and food education they need for good health and to reach their potential. Visit the web resource

Focus on Food
A charitable food education programme that champions cooking as an essential ingredient for healthy, happy lifestyles. Visit the web resource

Food a Fact of Life
Provides a wealth of free resources about healthy eating, cooking, food, and farming for children and young people aged 3 to 16 years. Visit the web resource

Food for Life
The Food for Life Partnership has a range of downloadable education resources for specific tasks and more general ideas for teaching the curriculum. Visit the web resource

Food Growing Schools: London
The website brings together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, information and support, with the ambition to inspire and equip every school in London to grow their own food. Visit the web resource

Garden Organic
The national charity for organic growing. Their website includes a section on outdoor learning resources for schools. Visit the web resource

Grain Chain
A curriculum linked education resource for teachers. Find tailored teaching materials, worksheets, videos, quizzes, recipes and activities about farming, milling, and baking. Visit the web resource

Great Grub Club
Plenty of free ideas and downloadable resources to get you and your KS1 or KS2 class learning about healthy living. Visit the web resource

Grow your own grub
A step by step growing project for schools. Visit the web resource

Grow Your Own Potatoes
Schools that register to take part (in Feb) receive a FREE growing kit containing everything they need to grow a successful crop. Access twelve exciting potato-based lessons, designed to support primary school curricula around the UK. The lessons support science, design and technology, health education, literacy and ICT. Visit the web resource

Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project
A unique online community and teaching resource hub that supports UK primary schools in bringing food education and cooking skills to life. Visit the web resource

MeatandEducation.com
Provides a wide range of resources suitable for secondary school students and teachers of Food Technology, Home Economics and Catering. Visit the web resource

PE Scholar
A free community website for sharing high quality physical education resources, lesson plans, academic articles, and more. Visit the web resource

Sustrans
Working with hundreds of schools throughout the UK each year to encourage pupils to be more active, enabling thousands of children to travel actively and safely. Visit the web resource

The Health Education Trust (HET)
A UK registered charity, formed to promote the development of health education for young people. Visit the web resource