Outdoor Archaeological Learning with Forestry Commission Scotland
Over the last few years, Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has produced some amazing heritage-based outdoor learning resources (including Wolf Brother’s Wildwoods and The Picts).
YAC spoke to Matt Ritchie, FCS Archaeologist, about their most recent resource, Outdoor Archaeological Learning. We love it, so we asked Matt to tell us more...
“We have an organisational interest in outdoor learning stemming from Forest Schools. We help organise Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland and many of our rangers are active in supporting local OWL groups. We try to encourage the use of the National Forest Estate (which is around 8% of Scotland) as a place for outdoor learning – a living classroom for learning about the environment and a place to acquire practical life skills and a great opportunity for exercise and adventure!
"I always try to produce resources that are linked to Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence, but recognise that it can be difficult to get them into the mainstream curriculum. Hence our resources have both a wider audience and a wider purpose. They aim to support the archaeological educator (both volunteer and professional) and to demonstrate our own commitment to the historic environment. Our resources are perfect for YAC clubs!
"The aim of our most recent Outdoor Archaeological Learning resource is to provide a series of associated ideas and activities that will help archaeologists, YAC leaders and teachers to design place-based archaeological projects in their local areas. It still needs an interested teacher to actually deliver a classroom project, or an interested outdoor learning group to engage, or a dedicated YAC group leader to inspire... but I hope that it will be useful – and I also hope it will be seen as a celebration of the role of archaeological educator. The work you guys do is really important!”
You can download Outdoor Archaeological Learning from our Forestry Commission Scotland website.
YAC HQ will also be sending a printed copy of the resource to every YAC club in the UK later in 2017!
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