Learning & Teaching

Education in The Flows

learning and teaching in the flow country RSPB’s Forsinard Flows National Nature Reserve offers a range of great learning opportunities. 

We can work with you and your students to create a really interactive, hands-on experience with the peatlands. Read the latest Flow Country Peatlands Learning and Teaching newsletter here. 

Forsinard Flows Lookout, Visitor Centre and Field Centre are easily accessible by train and the perfect place for outdoor and environmental curriculum-linked learning. Have a look at our 'learning outside the classroom brochure' here

The Flows Lookout provides great views that help you understand the pond systems and the wider landscape, as well as shelter when you need it. It’s a 15-minute walk across peatlands from our Visitor Centre. You can go pond dipping at the Lookout too. Our new residential Field Centre offers overnight accommodation for 16 people, and facilities include an education room and laboratory.

For more information please contact our Learning Development Officer, Hilary Wilson at hilary.wilson@rspb.org.uk

The Flow Country for Schools

The Flow Country for Schools initiative, part of the Flows to the Future Project, offers learning opportunities for schools on the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland. A particular focus is the importance of these peatlands in relation to climate change.

Higher Education Punjabi Students on Flows Lookout

We can arrange tailor-made visits for colleges and universities looking at aspects of the peatlands, including guest lectures by specialist staff from one or more of our partner organisations.

Our key partner for higher education and research is the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI). The residential Field Centre offers multi day opportunities for higher education and research. Please get in touch to discuss ideas and possibilities.