First Aid in the Outdoors: Saturday 26th January

First aid
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The Green Team is running First Aid in the Outdoors and have spaces available. If you are interested please get in touch with Mandy Craig:, 0131 337 7227.

First Aid in the Outdoors
Saturday 26th January 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Slateford Green Community Hall
Cost: £60.00
Bring a packed lunch

A one day practical course delivered by Philip Bagnall. The course will include practical scenarios outside. Please be prepared to spend time outside in all weather conditions. The course includes:
• Unconscious casualty
• Recovery position
• Choking and Bleeding
• Shock and Hypothermia
• Burns / Heart Attack
• Resuscitation
• Contents of First Aid box
Certificates awarded to successful candidates are valid for three years.
The Green Team is a Scottish Charity No 29319

National Trust for Scotland CPD and Visits

ntsTo all teachers

Due to a review of all outdoor education and the implementation of this year’s ranger work plan by the National Trust for Scotland Lothian Ranger Service the following will take place in 2014.

1. CPD outdoor environmental education sessions will be offered to teachers at Newhailes Estate. Dates and programme to be forwarded to all schools in early February. Continue reading National Trust for Scotland CPD and Visits

Woodland Learning Adventures – Fun & Educational for Everyone

Woodland Learning Adventures offers inspiring and educational outdoor experiences for adults and children in accessible local woodlands within the city limits and beyond……Fire Lighting, Campfire Cooking, Shelter Building, Tools Use & Environmental Art.

Please click below for more information and contact details:-

Woodland Learning Adventures – Professional Forest School – Leadership & Training

Green Scene 2013: Newhailes’ Environmental Learning Festival, 10th & 11th September


Green Scene is a two-day event, taking place on the 10th and 11th September.

Classes take 3 one-hour workshops during their visit, making this event excellent value for money. Each class is divided into 2 groups, so each child gets a quality learning experience. A great way to kick off the year’s topics!

Two days are available, offering sessions tailored to the appropriate age group:
10th September: P2 to P4 classes.
11th September: P5 to P7 classes.

Schools Booking Form: School Booking Form Green Scene 13 (MS Word, 290 KB)

Detailed 8-page Leaflet: Green Scene Poste (PDF, 220KB)


CPD Outdoor Learning Staff Development v.2013/14 essential upgrade!

Outdoor Learning Continuing Professional Development Courses for the 13/14 terms are now available for booking.

Why not get yourself upgraded and sign up on one of the many  East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service CPD courses and programmes available to enhance your Outdoor Learning.

As with previous years in 2013/14 there are many opportunities to develop your skills, train for a National Governing Body award or raise your awareness in a variety of Outdoor Learning contexts. These courses  also support the delivery of the curriculum for excellence outdoors.

These CPD courses are all run by qualified Outdoor Learning professionals and will get you confident, qualified and aware of how Outdoor Learning can enhance learning for you, your class pupils, your school or community.

The full range of available courses, and details of how to book can be viewed at the website in the staff development section or you can call the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service (0131 652 5217) for more information.

Primary Outdoor Learning Days 2013/14

The Outdoor Learning Service hosts short sessions (half day or less) at a number of venues throughout the county available to all primary schools. This years Primary Outdoor Learning Days have been very much in demand. Thanks to all again for participating in these successful days.

The dates for 2013/14 session are now available. These free sessions (in addition to normal school allocated days from the service), staffed by Outdoor Learning Teachers are designed to enhance opportunities to deliver the core capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning and provide primary pupils with the basic skills and experiences of a variety of adventurous outdoor activities including; Paddlesport,s Orienteering, Rock Climbing &  Indoor Climbing

Find out more :: Chat to your Outdoor Learning Teacher* or visit the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service Edubuzz website

To book/confirm :: Send a request to your Outdoor Learning Teacher/Co-ordinator*

Transport:: These days are free to attend with all technical equipment & teaching provided – you just have to get yourself to the venues.

*North Berwick, Tranent Cluster – Martyn Pegg –,  Musselburgh- Andy Duff,  Prestonpans, Haddington & Dunbar Cluster – Bill Stephen

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2013/14 events.

Winter Hillwalking Skills – CPD 1st-3rd March 2013

This is a residential course (bunkhouse) based in the Northern Cairngorms. This course covers fundamental skills for safe hillwalking in the Scottish hills in winter conditions.  Snowcraft skills covered include navigation snowpack analysis; moving on snow and ice; crampon use; emergency shelters; snowperson building and making snow angels!

The cost covers all transport (from and to Musselburgh, food, accommodation, equipment, and instruction for the weekend. (cost ELC Staff £80.00, Non ELC £120.00) Course departs 4pm on Friday 1st and returns 7pm Sunday 3rd March.

For more details on all these courses please contact the Outdoor Learning Service.  To book a course please email with your Name/School or Dept/Course Title/Course Dates/Contact Number or call 0131 653 5217.

You can view a range of Outdoor Learning Service Courses by visiting our online brochure here.  Or visit the ELC Outdoor Learning Website on the inspirational East Lothian Council Edubuzz Learning Network.


Indoor Climbing Course CPD Jan/Feb 2013

Some spaces available on this introduction to climbing indoors course. Running over 3 sessions basesd at Tranent and then some options to venture a bit further to Alien Rock and EICA at Ratho. (entry fees will apply) . This course will help you develop your your skills, and confidence in using indoor climbing walls

Friday Evenings – 25th Jan 2013, 1st Feb and 8th feb 4.30-8pm (1st session at Tranent 1600-1800).

Cost ELC Staff free – (Wall entry fees will apply for Ratho and Alien).

To Book Contact East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service 0131 653 5217

or email

More info on outdoor Learning CPD Courses – visit the online brochure here.

Orienteering Competition 2013

The annual East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition will take place at

 John Muir Country Park on Friday 22nd March 2013

 We hope to see as many schools as possible represented at this great competitive event. Make the most of the last day of term. Please get in touch direct with Martyn ( with any questions or queries. The most pertinment information is displayed below.

The competition has four entry classes.

  • P4/5 – must compete as pairs. 1.6km line course
  • P6/7 – must compete solo. 1.75km line course
  • S2 Challenge – must compete solo. Score course – 35 minutes allowed
  • Staff Challenge – as S2 but with separate trophy and honours

Schools and staff may arrive at any time from 0900 – 1500.

Registration will take place in the main field. The competition area is in the woods. Toilets; playpark; a beautiful beach; all within two minutes walking time of the registration field.

Please could each school give an indication of likely numbers and approximate arrival time (to Martyn) at the car park field (registration field – look for the banners) of John Muir Country Park.

Please ensure that all pupil competitors have done some previous orienteering training. There will be no opportunity for any input from Outdoor Learning Staff on the day.

Entry is available on the day and all that we require is a written list of children for regiatration – forms are available below.

Forms for event available on links below
Pupil list Primary 4/5
Pupil list Primary 6/7
Pupil list Secondary

Outdoor Learning – Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Supervisor and Assessor Training Jan. 2013

Two courses for those interested in organising and assessing Duke of Edinburgh award courses in East Lothian will be run in January 2013. Courses will be based at the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service. These DofE accredited courses are essential learning for those embarking on D of E programmes.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Supervisor training, Thursday 17th January 2013, 09.30am – 3.30pm

Aimed at ELC staff and volunteers. This course covers understanding the role of the Expedition Supervisor, Assessor and other adults involved in the delivery of the Expedition section.  Attendance will develop Expedition Supervisors with an understanding and consistent interpretation of their role and responsibilities within the DofE, ensuring a high quality expedition experience for all young people.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Assessor training, Wednesday 30th January 2013, 09.30am – 3.30pm

For ELC staff and volunteers. This course provides the opportunity for new Expedition Assessors to have their training, skills and learning accredited by the DofE and nationally recognised. The programme has been designed to provide Expedition Assessors with a clear and consistent understanding of their role and responsibilities.

(Cost Free – ELC Staff/Volunteers – External Staff/Volunteers £40.00)

To book please contact the Outdoor Learning Service 0131 653 5217

More CPD opportunities at the Outdoor Learning Website – or visit our online brochure.