Learning & Schools Programme

We offer engaging outdoor educational programmes for school groups, tailored to meet the Experiences and Outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence. We have programmes for Nursery Groups, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. We also offer a winter outreach programme and a JASS workshop. All of our programmes can be tailored to meet the needs of Special Needs classes.

Our programmes, which are located at The Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, provide experiential learning opportunities in our fully resourced classroom, our popular interactive river exhibition and, most importantly, on the banks of the Water of Leith.

Edinburgh Council - Your Environment

The programmes are supported by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Children and Families Department.

More Info & Bookings

You will find more info on individual areas of our educational programmes along with helpful downloads using the ‘more info‘ links below.  

For additional information or to book a programme please call our Outdoor Learning Officer Ruth Prince or Sandie Boyle our administrator on 0131 455 7367 or email [email protected]

COVID Update

Our programmes have been modified to reduce Covid-19 transmission and we will deliver them 100% outside, except for toileting and lunch storage. Our programme length will be shorter, 9.30am to 12.45pm for most programmes, but your class is welcome to stay on and eat lunch in our large courtyard or we can put up a shelter in the Dells for a woodland picnic.

We believe that outdoor learning is a great way for classes to learn while minimizing the risk of Covid transmission. We look forward to welcoming your class to the Centre for engaged, active, but safe learning.

Explore the ecology and human heritage of the river in our wide range of outdoor learning programmes, all tailored to meet the experiences and outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence 

Field studies for Broad General Education and senior stage Biology, Environmental Studies and Geography.

Bespoke programmes for special needs schools tailored to meet the needs of your group.

Our winter outreach programme brings the Water of Leith into your classroom.

Fun visits to the river and centre to suit all youth and afterschool clubs, stages of scouting and age groups.

Discover more about the fascinating history and wildlife of the Water of Leith by booking one of our experienced guides or speakers.

Teacher CPD &
Adult Training

We deliver CPDs for teachers and other people working with children, on learning outdoors and working with children in and near water. You can either access our CPDs on the City of Edinburgh Council CPD directory or contact us directly for a bespoke programme to meet your needs.

Booking Enquiries & More Information

For additional information or to book a programme please call our Outdoor Learning Officer, Ruth Prince or our administrator, Sandie Boyle, on 0131 455 7367 or email [email protected].

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