If you would like to learn more about the environment we live in and develop new skills or you have thought about studying an environmental or adventure subject at higher education level, then you might be surprised at the number of fantastic opportunities that are available right here in Scotland. From community organisations, to environmental education charities and universities, there are lots of great ways to learn more about the environment, nature, the outdoors and the adventure industry. Read on to find out how you could learn something new.
1. Brush up on your natural history knowledge at Blairgowrie
The Field Studies Council’s Kindrogan Field Centre (LINK: http://www.wild-scotland.org.uk/member/56/kindrogan-field-centre) not only offers a fantastic outdoor learning base for schools, universities and professional development, but it also offers a huge range of natural history courses for individuals and families, covering the countryside, its wildlife and the environment. From courses on Astronomy and Aquatic Plants to Small Mammals and Special Spring Moths, there really is something to suit all interests. Find out more here. (LINK: http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/kindrogan/lesiurelearning/natural-history-courses.aspx)
2. Learn more about the Wildlife of Kailzie
If you live in the Scottish Borders and would like to learn more about the wildlife and environment around you, then you might consider joining the Friends of Kailzie Wildlife Group (LINK: http://www.wild-scotland.org.uk/member/193/friends-of-kailzie-wildlife). At the community organisation’s centre just outside the beautiful gardens at Kailzie, they have created wildlife interpretation throughout the gardens and surrounding land including a signal post trail and bird call sound boxes. Not only that, but they have a Project Officer on hand to provide environmental education to local schools, community groups or even private groups on request – why not give them a shout. Find out more here (LINK: http://www.kailziewildlife.org/)
3. Study higher environmental education
Still thinking about that environmental degree or masters you’ve always wanted to do? If so, Edinburgh Napier University might have just what you’re looking for. This innovative and professional university offers a wide range of degree and post-graduate level courses in environmental subjects including Animal Biology, Ecotourism, Wildlife Biology and Conservation and Conservation and Management of Protected Areas. Visit their website to find a course to suit you.
4. Have a wild weekend on the Moray Coast
If you’ve ever wanted to unleash your inner Bear Grylls by foraging for food, lighting fires and learning bushcraft skills, then a Wild things! Wild Escape could be for you. This environmental education charity offers a variety of courses teaching all manner of new skills to suit everyone, from families, to individual women and fathers and sons. Find out what they have to offer here.
5. Attend the School of Adventure Studies
The West Highland College UHI - School of Adventure Studies is located in one of the finest UK locations for adventure tourism, with natural heritage, culture, marvellous landscapes and seascapes, creating a playground of world-renowned rivers that flow from some of Scotland's greatest mountains to the sea. With courses from School Link up to Post Graduate level, including our new MSc in Ecotourism, you can immerse yourself in all things adventure in this beautiful part of Scotland. Find out more about the school here.