For Primary Schools

The peatlands offer fantastic links with the Curriculum for Excellence: you can explore some of them in the Peatland Curriculum Map, created by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Outreach Opportunities

Learning about food Chains

Food chains: Transferring 'energy'

If you are working in a Caithness or Sutherland school, staff can visit your school to run outdoor learning in your local environment, or provide a lesson in the classroom. These visits can be tailored to your needs.

To plan a visit or to discuss how to get your class involved with Flow Country for Schools, please contact Learning Development Officer, Hilary Wilson at

Lesson plans

The activities we offer are outlined in lesson plans. The lesson plans also highlight the connections with relevant curriculum outcomes and experiences, and they can be adapted so the activities suit your needs. Some examples of activities we currently offer:

Forsinard Flows National Nature Reserve

Peatland Cycles (level 2)

What is the relation between where we are in the world and the presence of the Flow Country peatlands? The answer has everything to do with the climate. This is brought to life through a variety of learning methods covering plant identification and two very influential cycles: The water cycle and the carbon cycle. 

Finding evidence of small creatures in the pools Pennyland

Pond dipping at the Lookout, Forsinard Flows NNR

Outreach (class-based)

Peatlands of the world (level 2)

The main characteristics of peatlands are explained. Pupils compare different peatlands in the world in terms of where they exist, how they form, and how people use the land. We conclude with a presentation about the Flow Country, being our local peatlands with global significance.