Cairngorms National Park

Learning in the woods

Priority 6: Learning And Inclusion

Half the Cairngorms National Park is designated for nature conservation and it contains a quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered species creating outstanding opportunities for outdoor learning

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The Cairngorms is Britain’s largest and most diverse National Park. The area is uniquely placed to look at the interaction of land management, nature conservation and tourism. However, the National Park is relatively remote and there are perceptions that it is expensive and exclusive.

While much has been done to make the most of the National Park as a resource for outdoor learning through the curriculum, there is scope to expand this approach to the wider community, including family learning, community learning and development, and adult learning. There is more to be done to make information accessible and develop resources that make it easier to learn about the Cairngorms National Park.

Agenda For Action

Partners will support delivery of best practice in learning and inclusion with actions including:

  1. Continuing to deliver existing outdoor learning programmes; John Muir Award and Junior Rangers;
  2. Providing an opportunity for children across Scotland to visit the Cairngorms National Park during their school life to learn about and connect with the Park in conjunction with National Nature Reserves and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park;
  3. Developing and promoting learning resources and training opportunities that make it easier for education providers to use the National Park;
  4. Raising awareness and understanding of the Park and the issues and choices involved in management of the Park;
  5. Creating a ‘Park for All’ by reducing barriers and inspiring a diversity of people to engage with and care for their National Park through lifelong learning;
  6. Using volunteering and physical activity to promote learning and inclusion.

Our main priorities for visitor experience