HIGHLAND OUTDOOR WILDERNESS LEARNING
The European Nature Trust facilitates the environmental education of school children in Scotland by supporting the Highland Outdoor Wilderness Learning (HOWL) programme.
The HOWL programme was established by Alladale Wilderness Reserve (AWR) in 2007 and is an integral part of the AWR and TENT vision.
HOWL offers a specially designed, and expert-led, environmental journey for school children during which participants not only improve their understanding about the natural world, ecology and conservation but also learn key life skills.
The professionally managed courses make the perfect addition to a diverse biology curriculum or stand alone as an engaging summer camp. The summer programme is delivered at Alladale, over five days and four nights, and includes hiking, navigation, bushcraft and numerous other outdoor activities – ecology underpins and is integrated throughout the journey.
HOWL is now a registered charity in its own right which TENT supports annually. Since its inception, HOWL has engaged thousands of children, several of whom now work as rangers at Alladale Wilderness Reserve!
I HAVE BEEN TAKING STUDENTS TO ALLADALE FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. IT IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT I BELIEVE EVERY STUDENT SHOULD HAVE. BEING OUT IN THE WILDERNESS AND REMOVED FROM TECHNOLOGY AND MOBILE PHONES GIVES STUDENTS BREATHING SPACE AND ALLOWS THEM TIME TO THINK. THAT’S WHY I KEEP COMING BACK!
SHARON TULLIS, DINGWALL ACADEMY