We are a leading UK-based charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children.

Our vision

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.

What we do

We aim to enable children to connect with nature, be more active, be more engaged with their learning. Discover how here.

Our values

This approach is guided by six core values which guide everything we do. Learn more about them here.

What makes us different?

We are the only UK charity specialising in outdoor learning and play in education. Find out more.

“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

Patron

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:

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Advocating the benefits of outdoor learning and play at school and pre school.

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Inspiring and enabling the design and development of outdoor environments to support children’s development.

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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.

Our values

This approach is guided by six core values which guide everything we do. We believe that we can achieve the greatest impact by:

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Empowering

We work with others to help them achieve their potential and to find a personal response to their own needs.

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Influential

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.

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Inspiring

We motivate others through sharing great ideas and inspiring the ‘art of the possible’.

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Participative

When striving for physical or cultural change our core approach is to participate with, listen and respond to the voices of those impacted.

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Scientific

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.

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Sustainable

At the heart of everything we do is a vision of sustainability and effective use of resources.

What makes us different?

We are the leading UK charity specialising in outdoor learning and play in education. Our unrivalled knowledge and expertise is based on three decades of experience of practical action and research.

We have offices in Winchester, England and Stirling, Scotland, as well as staff located in Wales, Northern Ireland and Canada. Together with members of our Accredited Network, we have the reach to work in every region of the UK and internationally.

Our projects and training are delivered through our staff team and our accredited network of freelance outdoor learning experts.

The difference we make

Our surveys of schools who have improved their grounds demonstrate the benefits:

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of teachers said it resulted in more creative learning and environmental awareness
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said that healthy active play had increased
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observed improved attitudes to learning
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said behaviour had improved
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reported reduced bullying
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reported improved social interaction

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