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The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) is the professional membership association for Countryside Rangers and associated countryside professionals in Scotland

Formed in 1974, SCRA has an enviable reputation for supporting the development and enhancement of the Ranger profession in Scotland; organising networking events, training events and conferences, supporting the development of a national logo and brand for Scotland's Ranger Services and working with Government and Government agencies to promote the profession.

Rangers promote the enjoyment, understanding and care of Scotland's outdoors through;

  • The first hand provision of information, advice and activities
  • Interpretation
  • The management of sites and facilities
  • Seeking to secure responsible behaviour

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Here are some goodies about current activities and resources related to Outdoor Learning. This information has been provided by  Creative Star Learning

TEACHING TECHNOLOGY OUTDOORS - CARINA BRAGE

This is a wonderful book for all teachers and educators on taking Science outdoors. Containing a collection of exercises on a number of technology related topics, such as the environment and sustainability, food, water, fire, simple machines and the history of technology, the book will inspire and provide ideas for working with an outdoor learning environment both in school and with other groups who enjoy the outdoors. It also contains a chapter on outdoor safety. 

GOOD PRACTICE CASE STUDIES IN TEACHER EDUCATION

This downloadable document provides case studies of good practice in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESD/GC) and has been compiled by the HEA in collaboration with members of the steering group of the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network (TEESNet) – a UK wide network of educators concerned to embed ESD/GC in teacher education.

THE AIRES COLLECTION

The Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (AIRES) website provides a collection of  videos from around the world to educate, engage, inspire, perplex, enlighten, delight and stimulate debate on all things to do with sustainable development. Regulary updated, their newest video How Whales change climate, explains how Whales keep the oceans alive by fertilising the sea, increasing fish populations and sequestering carbon

THE SUSTAINABILITY EXCHANGE

This website provides details on sustainability resources available in UK education ranging from Biodiversity through to Utilities.

SCIENCEBOOK

This on-line resource was formed in 2012 and is being developed with the growing support of a wide network of scientists, researchers, educators, environmentalists, companies and organisations. Aiming  to inspire and excite young people to become scientists, researchers, technologists and innovators equipped to address climate change and sustainability, it so far includes articles such as Can Ice predict the future? - describing an Ice core, and All at sea - the science of Oceanography. 

THE ATLAS SCHOOL PROJECT

Led by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), The Atlas Project enables schools to measure their carbon footprint and understand how different activities of the school affect carbon emissions. Information is requested from the downloadable toolkit to provide a school’s carbon footprint which is made up of three components: carbon emissions from energy use in the school; carbon emissions from travelling to and from school; and carbon emissions associated with the products and services that schools buy and use. The schools are then encouraged to share their results with Atlas and other schools across Europe in order to spot common issues and trends and help inform the development of policy solutions.

BIG SPRING BEACH CLEAN

Calling all volunteers! Surfer's Against Sewage (SAS) are asking all community volunteers to lead a Big Spring Beach Clean at their favourite beaches during the weekend of 27th - 29th March 2015. This fun activity aims to unite and inspire coastal communities to protect the beaches and coastal spaces most important to them by removing tonnes of litter from the UK's coastline. With approx 8 million individual pieces of marine litter entering the sea every day, this contributes to the death of over a million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals annually from ingestion and entanglement. By using a smart phone app, volunteers will be able to record the litter found which will then be categorized, documented and published as part of the SAS annual impact report, and will help identify and inform new actions to tackle the most frequently found items of litter polluting our coastlines. Visit the SAS website for more information on how to plan your event, and to view the list of cleans taking place in your area.