National Navigation Award SiIver 28th and 29th April

Still places available on this weekends national navigation award course being run by East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service.  

Would you like to enhance your enjoyment of the countryside?

Would you like to develop sound navigation skills and practice including planning your own walking routes?

Would you like to gain confidence at map reading whether the weather is clear or misty?

all neccessary equipment supplied by the Outdoor Learning Service and the course is free.

Dates : Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April – Meet at Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base

You can book your place on the course here

Good Practice Gathering in Outdoor Learning 17th March 2012

Our Outdoor learning colleagues in Midlothian are hosting a fantastic opportunity to share practice in Outdoor Learning on the 17th march 2012. They have invited participants from East Lothian to join the event.

The Good Practice Gathering in Outdoor Learning takes place at Beeslack CHS and offers workshops, market place and an ‘expert’ panel. Participants will leave with fresh ideas, many resources and access to a support network.

If you have an interest in developing and delivering outdoor learning within your school or community , this is a great opportunity to hear from a range of professional practitioners and share good practice in developing approaches to Outdoor Learning and CfE outcomes.

A superb CPD opportunity for Teachers pre-school staff in East Lothian. For more details and to book on on this valuable event check out the web-link below. You can also get in touch with Bill Stephen at East Lothian Outdoor Learning for more information. (0131 653 5217,

Mildothian Good Practice in Outdoor Learning Event


Winter Hill Walking Skills – Still Places Available

Winter Hill Walking Skills   Friday 24th Feb 1600 – 1800 Sunday 26th Feb

Still places available.

Move your mountaineering skills up a notch with the Outdoor Learning Service., or just have a first time go at Winter Hillwalking. The weekend includes Snow-craft skills include snowpack analysis, moving on snow and ice, crampon and ice axe use, emergency shelters and of course making snow angels. It’s a residential course based in the Northern Cairngorms. 

(Cost £80.00 –Includes all teaching/transport /equipment & accommodation)

For more information or to book a place please call the Outdoor Learning Service 0131 653 5217 or book online


Indoor Climbing Course

Why not reach higher on over 3 Friday evening sessions to get you up to speed with indoor rock climbing whether you are a novice or would like to develop your current skills. This Adult course for East Lothian Council Staff is a great way to start the weekend. All instruction is free on this course using the East Lothian Tranent Climbing Wall with an option to progress to another wall for session 3.

Dates : 27th January, 3rd February and 10th February 2012 1630-1930

To book get in touch with Tel: 0131 653 5217 or book online.

Night Navigation – Into the dark arts 12th Dec 2011 1630-2100

This course is aimed at East Lothian Employees who wish to develop there navigation skills or employees who are currently leading school and community groups It is designed to help enhance navigation skills for everyone venturing into the hills and develop confidence in those leading groups. Working at night in poor visibility can really develop map,compass,pacing and leadership skills.

Using East Lothian venues this evening course will boost your overall navigation confidence.

To book online visit  the Outdoor Learning Service website

EVOLVE – Pilot/Launch Thursday 1st December 2012,1630-1900

A fully managed online service specifically designed to enable the efficient planning, processing, monitoring and reporting of all off-site visits.  Designed for use by Education, Children’s Services and Community Wellbeing departments.

A little bit more information about its history and implementation can be found here – EVOLVE introduction

The current EEF (Educational Excursion Form) system, will be phased out over the coming year. Why not come along to this Thursday’s event if you are involved in organising off site trips, and join our pilot groups in testing and shaping the new system. A great opportunity to find out how the new system works and all the features and benefits of using it.

Contact Bill Stephen at Outdoor Learning if you hope to attend.

More details on the system can be seen at our website.


S1 Outdoor Learning Challenge – Pressmenann Woods Friday 18th November 2011

Once again it’s time for the amazing S1 Outdoor Learning Challenge. Hoping you can all join us for this exiting event.

These ever popular challenges are designed to challenge students physically, mentally, psychologically and emotionally to successfully complete any, or all, of the following: a journey; problem solving; navigation; team-work.

A fun event at a stunning East Lothian venue providing further opportunities to develop CfE capacities for S1 pupils.

Date : Friday the 18th November 2011
Place : Pressmennan Woods
Time: 1000 -1500
Teams : Teams of 6 S1, pupils.
Equipment : Suitable footwear, clothing for conditions -lunch & water bottles

More details on Secondary Outdoor Challenges (and other Secondary programmes) can be found at our website along with a map of the challenge locations. You can also view a slide-show of last years successful challenge

To enter teams get in touch with the Outdoor Learning Team 0131 653 5217 or email


Come and Try Gorge Scrambling

As part of our series of CATI (come and try it) sessions, this Friday the Outdoor Learning Service are running a Gorge Walk. These sessions are a great opportunity to try out many of the  adventurous activities that the service offers and that can be delivered to pupils and staff across the East Lothian learning community.

Time to try out, discuss learning outcomes  and how these activities can link and support the delivery of  The Curriculum for Excellence and yes you can develop some personal skills too.

If you’d like to join us this Friday and find out more about the CATI sessions get in touch or check out this link.

East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service




Come and Try Canoeing Lunchtime at Haddington Wednesday 24th August

Outdoor Learning Service are running a series of free come and try it watersports lunchtime sessions for ELC staff based in Haddington. Dates are;

Wednesday 24th August 1200-1430
Wednesday 31st August 1200-1430

These sessions are free for all ELC staff but we’d be happy to accept a donation for charity or a community project of your choice. We supply all the kit but a towel and a baselayer change could be useful. So come along and have a slightly different lunch-time experience, on the River Tyne- Look for the Outdoor Learning Service Flags.

Meeting point is on the banks of Tyne by the Peter Potter Gallery.
Come along and give it a try – or if you just want to chat about watersports pop along for a blether and find out how you can get involved in paddlesports.

East Lothian Outdoor Learning Service

Primary Outdoor Learning Orienteering Sessions 2011/12

There is still time for East Lothian Primary Pupils to find themselves. A few sessions left in the free Orienteering 2011/12 Primary Outdoor Learning Days are still up for grabs. Point your pupils in the right direction with a chance to work on map and team skills and develop some confident individuals along the way. Why not bring your whole class along?

Details of these free sessions delivered by the Outdoor Learning Service team are here and also availability for the events here.

Come on get your compasses out! (Well actually, as well as the teaching we can supply those too!).

East Lothian Outdoor Learning Service
Tel: 0131 653 5217