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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Penny Martin has recently taken up post as the Environment & Forestry (ENFOR) Outdoor Learning Project Officer in SNH, based alongside Sharon Cunningham in Battleby.

She will be working with the ENFOR partners - SNH, Forestry Commission Scotland, Cairngorms & Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Parks,  Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, plus SEPA, possibly Historic Scotland down the line - plus Education Scotland, and local authority outdoor learning officers. The main tasks are to:

  • support and develop the Outdoor Learning Directory as a one-stop-shop for outdoor learning information and resources
  •  review and consolidate resources provided by the ENFOR partners, the courses, resources and grants offered
  • develop a more integrated approach to take forward
  • support the Forest School Scotland database & enquiries for Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland, and the local OWL Scotland group.

What do you think of the Outdoor Learning Directory? It’s a work in progress so if you find bits that work/ don’t work for you feedback would be helpful.