Morag Boyd
Training and Development Officer

“I grew up immersed in nature, spending hours and days in the field behind my house just being at one with nature. Natural places are where I go when I need to find headspace, when I need to find comfort and where I find peace and joy.”

About Morag

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

I was a freelance trainer for LtL for a couple of years before joining the staff team in March 2020. My role as Training Officer finds me travelling across Scotland, delivering training to school staff in many aspects of taking learning outdoors such as fire lighting, creating inspiring outdoor spaces, delivering inspiring and creative outdoor learning experiences.

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?

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25 years’ experience as a countryside ranger. I worked for many different organisations across the UK as a manager of some wonderful natural places – beech woodlands, country parks and coastal habitats. A countryside ranger develops an amazingly broad range of knowledge about nature and ecology.

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I’m a qualified primary school teacher, so I know the challenges and barriers to implementing outdoor education in a school setting. I also know the joy and delight a regular outdoor learning programme brings to children and how it can be delivered to inspire and challenge learning opportunities.

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I run my own outdoor education company, delivering nature education to schools across Fife, I work with many different schools and teachers in school grounds, local greenspaces and further afield. Running this alongside my work with LtL ensures I am always at the top of my game when advising what works with children outdoors!

Morag’s LtL Experience

What has been your best day at LtL and why?

My best day (so far) at LtL was actually 2 days – a bit of an adventure trip to the Isle of Gigha to deliver an LSNG fire training course. The journey was eventful – a broken down lorry blocking a highland road meaning I had a 60 mile detour, a storm delaying the ferries and making me worried I wasn’t going to get there at all, and finally a fabulous welcome at Gigha primary school and a successfully delivered course. The icing on the cake was a walk up to the highest point on the island and the views of the seas around. Just wonderful.

Why a pair of boots?

I chose these because they are my most comfortable boots. They are often on my feet 5 days a week, delivering outdoor training, working with schools in wildplaces and, best of all, heading off for a wander in the hills of Scotland, where I get my best thinking done!

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