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Community outreach

We want to connect with people of all ages and abilities to create meaningful engagement with outdoor natural spaces and Scotland’s heritage.

The National Trust for Scotland provides quality outdoor learning experiences. Our programme supports a diverse range of groups reaching out across social, cultural, financial and physical barriers.

Through outdoor learning we aim to increase the understanding, appreciation and sustainable management of natural resources in relation to Scotland. In 2016/17:

  • We designed 10,215 hours of outdoor learning activity
  • We reached out to 4,499 people from the 15% most deprived areas in Scotland
  • We enjoyed the outdoors with 680 people with disabilities and 806 people from black and ethnic minorities
  • We went exploring with 884 people with mental health issues

We develop our programmes in partnership with charities, NGOs and education establishments, and we are supported by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage to do this work.


Early years (0–5 years old)

We create meaningful outdoor experiences and learning for babies, toddlers and young children.

Schools & Young People

Our outdoor learning programme connects children and young people with the natural world and fosters an understanding of nature.

Adults & Families

We help individuals and families to improve their health and wellbeing by engaging with the natural world.