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Summer 'not' School 2017

We are delighted to announce the return of our highly successful summer programs for 2017. Young people aged 7 to 13 are invited to come explore with us during our exciting week long programs. Discover the wonders of Holyrood park, a unique wild space in the heart of Edinburgh. The week long programs offer participants the chance to learn all about the parks past, present and future through an engaging mix of outdoor activities, scientific investigation, practical conservation, team games and more.

The Programs:

  • The core activities 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.
  • Cost: £165 for the 5 days. 

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 that as the majority of these activities will take place outdoors participants will need to have appropriate clothing and footwear to keep them warm and dry in all weathers. We will provide drinks and snacks however participants should bring their own packed lunch.


Places on these programs are extremely limited with only 20 available per week. We advise you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book a place download and complete the booking form, confirmation of a place will be made once this along with a non-refundable £40 deposit has been received. For more information contact: Anna Danby on 0131 523 1207 or

Download Booking Form

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

• 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.

• 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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