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Education & Young People

With unique wildlife, habitats and landscapes of exceptional beauty, the Cairngorms National Park provides fantastic opportunities to experience nature in a natural outdoor classroom

Young People in the Cairngorms National Park

One of the four aims of the National Park is to promote sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities – and key to that is finding work for young people.  As a an employer the CNPA have a duty to commit to the next generation, to identify where we can create roles and provide skills and training

How the CNPA works with and for young people

Youth Manifesto coverEUROPARC Youth Manifesto Project

We have developed a youth manifesto that will give our young people a voice in shaping their future. The Youth Manifesto looks at how we can safeguard our natural heritage while retaining our young people in rural areas. Find out more here

We have a range of resources and learning opportunities for students, teachers, voluntary groups and anyone with an interest in the Cairngorms National Park.

Why learn outdoors?

An overview of how the Curriculum for Excellence can be met through outdoor learning is available from Education Scotland.

Education Scotland have an excellent resource on Outdoor Learning, including practical guidance, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners.

For guidance on easy steps to learning in local greenspace, see Beyond Your Boundary by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Results of a recent audit into outdoor learning in schools within Badenoch and Strathspey can be viewed here, including frequency and types of activity undertaken outdoors.


Planning a field trip or visit to the Park?

Where to go?
Where to go? 
Who can help you?
Who can help you? 
Getting into Scotland's National Parks and National Nature Reserves
Getting into Scotland's National Parks and National Nature Reserves 

Contact us

Alan Smith
Outdoor Learning Officer

Cairngorms National Park Authority
14 The Square, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3HG

Direct dial: 01479 870572