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Summer 'not' School 2017

Outdoor Summer (not) School – returning 2017, save the date!

Come explore the wonderful wilds of Holyrood Park and beyond. We are delighted to announce the return of our highly successful summer programmes. Young people aged 7 to 13 are invited to come explore with us as part of week-long outdoor programs. Discover the wonders of Holyrood Park, a unique wild space in the heart of Edinburgh. With brand new activities for 2017 the programs offer participants the chance to explore the park, its inhabitants and unique environments through an engaging mix of outdoor activities, scientific investigation, practical conservation, team games and more.

The core programme will run between the hours of 10:00 and 16:30. Early drop off can be made from 8:30 and participants must be picked up by 17:30. Outlines of the programs are included below*.


  • YOUNG EXPLORERS: 7 – 9 year olds (Due to popular demand this program will run twice)

Week one: 17th—21st July 2017

Week two: 7th—11th August 2017

• Discover Holyrood Park and map your adventures

• Create an environmental art attack

• Investigate really WILDlife

• Take part in practical conservation

• Become a weather explorer

  • OUTDOOR ACADEMY: 10 - 13 year olds

 24th – 28th July 2017

For Outdoor Academy we have teamed up with the John Muir Trust to offer participants the chance to work towards their John Muir Award, taking on the 4 challenges this encompasses; discovering a wild place, exploring its wildness, doing something to conserve it and, sharing experiences.

We will also be venturing further afield to explore a new wild place, Newhailes estate in Musselburgh, with the National Trust for Scotland rangers.

• Try your hand at citizen science

• Put your navigation skills to the test

• Bush craft and shelter building

•Summit Arthurs seat and predict it’s future

•Take part in practical conservation

*please note this outline provides a taster of what to expect and exact activities are subject to change.


Available early 2017. Keep an eye out here for more details. For more information contact: Anna Danby on 0131 523 1207 or

In case you needed any more motivation to join us here is what some of our previous participants thought of the programs:

• I thought it was thoroughly charming and interesting, and by far the best thing they've done in the holidays. All the people running it seemed brill.

• They thoroughly enjoyed their week at Dynamic Earth and have been telling everyone about it over the last fortnight. We all walked together to the top of Arthur’s Seat last Thursday, and I was treated to a wee natural history lesson with all the things they had learned.

• She loved it. Good variety of activities, good number of children (not too overwhelming or busy), loved going up Arthur Seat.

• He was very keen to show us when we visited the park at some other opportunity interesting locations, e.g. a lava stream and lava rocks and how to recognize them.

• I would like to say that the staff were incredible - their really welcoming attitude towards my daughter settled her in immediately. Plus their enthusiasm, friendliness, keenness on helping the children learn and    boundless energy far surpasses other holiday clubs we have been involved with this summer.

• I especially appreciated the early drop-off and pick-up times before and after the Summer School started which took away the stress of having to get to Dynamic Earth at a set time. A thoroughly enjoyable    week! Well done everybody who took part! :-)

• My child found the whole experience great fun and was the happiest she has ever been at a holiday club.

• Full points to all the staff who were so lovely, friendly and enthusiastic. It made for a really happy atmosphere

To find out more about the John Muir award visit their website: 



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