Our Speakers and Workshops

Options to attend:

  1. In person, in Scotland. Attend in person the workshops and tours. Included is free access to all the pre-recorded digital sessions for a year and the daily discussion sessions.
  2. Online Attendee. Access to all pre-recorded sessions in your own time during the conference and for a year after. You can also watch a few key sessions live online and join the daily discussion sessions online.
  3. Online, after the conference. Access the pre-recorded sessions on a session by session basis.

Pre-Conference Webinars

[ONLINE] Increasing Outdoor Play – globally and school by school

Cath Prisk, Global Director of Outdoor Classroom Day. “They sound so much happier, what changed?” Caretaker’s wife, whose house borders a school that had started to encourage the children to […]

[ONLINE] Transforming a whole school community

d’Arcy Lunn, Dulwich International Schools, Asia This workshop will explore how to start the journey of transformation through small, simple first steps. Embedded in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development […]

Day 1 – Thursday 23rd September 2021

The Oasis schoolyard project, Paris

Raphaëlle Thiollier, Oasis Schoolyard Project Manager, City of Paris OASIS – School yards: Openness, Adaptation, Sensitisation, Innovation and Social ties: Design and transformation of local urban areas adapted to climate […]

Out to Play by Eco Drama

Emily Reid, Ben Mali Macfaden, EcoDrama, Scotland Out to Play is a unique arts-based outdoor learning project delivered by Eco Drama, supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, which sees drama […]

A practitioners view of bringing Outdoor Pre-school to the mainstream parent

Kenny Forsythe – Stramash, Scotland. In this workshop Kenny will explore using landscapes and demystifying for the mainstream parent, embedding outdoor learning for as many children as possible nationally.   […]

Diversity in outdoor learning and play

Heena Dave and Mafanwy Evans, Learning through Landscapes The My School, My Planet pilot programme supported children from disadvantaged ethnic groups and low-income families to re-engage with learning as pupils transitioned […]

Scotland’s play journey – play, planning and the built environment

Scotland’s play journey – play, planning and the built environment. Play Scotland has been at the forefront of ensuring the right of every child to experience outdoor, free play, every […]

Early Start in Science- how schoolyard learning gardens can support science literacy in urban communities

Jane Hirschi, Executive Director, City Sprouts, Boston (USA) The workshop will present the preliminary findings of the CitySprouts Early Start in Science initiative for ages 4-10, a science learning program […]

[ONLINE] Green schoolyards as platform for navigating conflict resolution and gender identity

Prof. Lois Brink, University of Colorado, USA. There is current research and programs in the USA focused on Green schoolyards and their potential to offer spaces that allow conversations and […]

[ONLINE] Learning to Make Behaviour Maps in school grounds

Mohammed Zakiul Islam, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. We need to audit and assess the current use of a school ground if we want to improve a school grounds. […]

[ONLINE] Any Kinder Garden can embrace nature, for children’s, adult’s as well as planet Earth’s sake

Josefina Prieto, Naturalizar at Fundación Ilumina, Chile. The Naturalizar programme in Chile has been implemented at 100+ public schools since 2012. Most of the schools are located on urban areas with […]

The National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative: A Time-Tested Solution for a 21st Century Challenge

The National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative: A Time-Tested Solution for a 21st Century Challenge The US National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative (NCOLI) was launched in May 2020 to help schools […]

Learning Landscape Design: a dialogue between landscape and education

Learning Landscape Design: a dialogue between landscape and education. In Patio Vivo we have created more than 70 Learning Landscapes in Chilean schools. Our design strategy consists in developing a […]

Journeying with the natural world: Nature-centric models and therapeutic connection

Marina Robb, Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC and The Outdoor Teacher. This presentation/workshop will introduce ‘Nature-centric’ models that lie beneath the nature-based programmes for all ages, and practices offered in […]

The problem is the solution: How permaculture can help you overcome your schools challenges

Lusi Alderslowe, Children in Permaculture Coordinator Discussing the permaculture principle, ‘the problem is the solution’, we will give some excellent examples of how permaculture has helped schools to overcome challenges. […]

A Fresh Start for Young Learners

Joanne Dempster, STEM Tutor, the Princes Foundation, Scotland Fresh Starts is a multi-day, cross curricular programme delivered by Dumfries House, aiming to provide an exciting outdoor learning experience for young […]

Day 2 – Friday 24th September 2021

[ONLINE] Child-Friendly Placemaking: How Children Are Leading the Transformation of Community Spaces

Heidi Campbell, Senior Manager, Evergreen Canada. We are excited to share with you our inclusive child-friendly approach to placemaking and creating more inclusive and connected communities in cities. You will […]

Training, Inspiring, Protecting

Training, Inspiring, Protecting – Erasmus project The Training, Inspiring, Protecting Erasmus project is led by Birdlife Malta and the Maltese Ministry of Education. Learning through Landscapes (UK) and Birdlife Spain […]

Auchlone Nature Kindergarten – Virtual Tour with Clare Warden

Clare Warden, Living Classrooms, Scotland Clare will take us on a tour of Auchlone Nature Kindergarten, a pioneer outdoor kindergarten in Perthshire, Scotland. We will meet children and staff, and […]

[ONLINE] Outdoor Learning and Teacher Practice – Challenges and Opportunities

Alex Parrington, Monash University/Cornish College, Australia. In 2020 I completed a self-study of outdoor learning teacher practice. I was able to collect data on site in Terms 1 and 4 […]

[ONLINE] From school play spaces to children’s right to play, for Brazilian childhoods

Roni Hirsch, Erê Labs, Brazil. School spaces are territories of ideal possibilities for children to build references about body potential and group cooperation both individually and collectively. Erê Lab has […]

[ONLINE] Why movies? The case of The Beginning of Life Outside

Lais Fluery, Alana Institute, Children and Nature Programme, Brazil Why movies? We believe powerful and inspiring stories are tools of empathy. The beginning of conversations unleashes transformation. We believe in […]

Engaging children in multidisciplinary, evidence-based mental and physical health equity solutions

Engaging children in multidisciplinary, evidence-based mental and physical health equity solutions In this workshop, presenters will describe how ongoing collaborations between institutions of higher education, community-based environmental non-profits, and students, […]

Bouncing back with Nature Connection

Bouncing back with Nature Connection An interactive blend of theory and practice, exploring the critical difference between nature contact and nature connection. Why nature connection matters now more than ever; […]

Learning on a climate adaptive school grounds

Cedric Ryckaert  – Sint-Paulusschool Kortrijk, Belguim The school ground of Sint-Paulusschool Kortrijk, Belgium has seen a drastic make-over. Where it used to be a dull, concrete school ground, it has […]

The wonder of woodwork (Early Years)

Pete Moorhouse, Irresistible Learning, UK Looking at the the why and how . The rich associated learning and development and how to establish woodwork provision, best tools how to set […]

Designing Play into the Playground

Wiktoria Szulik, Landscape Architect, Wardell Armstrong, UK. The presentation discusses case study projects from the Wardell Armstrong 1140h Early Years Expansion projects portfolio. Wiktoria will explore how their unique child-centric […]

Making the most of community assets-opening school grounds for playing

Marianne Manello, Assistant Director, Play Wales Children’s access to outdoor space for play, exercise and enjoyment differs greatly across Wales and this was heightened during the coronavirus pandemic. Some children […]

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