We are a leading UK-based charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children.
Our vision is a society where the benefits of regular time outdoors are valued and appreciated, and outdoor learning, play and connection with nature is recognised as a fundamental part of education, at every stage, for every child and young person.
“I believe the work of Learning through Landscapes is needed even more than ever. I hope you will share our passion for giving children opportunities for discovery and learning that will illuminate their entire lives.”
Sir David Attenborough
What we do
We aim to enable children and young people to connect with nature, be more active, be more engaged with their learning, develop their social skills and have fun.
Our work is underpinned by a drive to improve their mental health and wellbeing by connection to nature and empowering them with an understanding of the positivity this brings.
Where possible we encourage young people to have a say in the way their grounds are used and improved. As a result, they learn to create and look after something valuable; their self-esteem grows and their behaviour improves, along with their potential to learn and achieve.
We do this through three avenues:
Inspiring and enabling the design and development of outdoor environments to support children’s development.
Inspiring and enabling teachers and early years practitioners to develop the confidence, ideas and skills they need to make better use of outdoor spaces.
We focus our resources on educational settings, because we believe that this is where children will derive the greatest benefit. The school playground is the one outside space that children have frequent access to. Despite the proven benefits of outdoor learning and play, 8 in 10 teachers believe that their school is failing to make the most of these valuable spaces for children.
This approach is guided by six core values which guide everything we do. We believe that we can achieve the greatest impact by:
Since 1990 we have been developing practical experience and professional know-how. This gives credibility to our advocacy for change in the policy environment and to our innovative approaches.
We motivate others through sharing great ideas and inspiring the ‘art of the possible’.
We believe that practice should be research led. We devise projects that embed and promote the importance of scientific enquiry through partnership, practice and education.
At the heart of everything we do is a vision of sustainability and effective use of resources.