HOWL (Highland Outdoor Wilderness Learning) is a
specially designed environmental journey that blends
ecology, outdoor learning and an expedition based in the heart of
Sutherland on the Alladale Wilderness Reserve.
tailored experience participants not only improve their
understanding about the natural world, ecology and conservation
but also learn key life skills within one of the most progressive
conservation projects in the UK.
Delivered over five days
and four nights (Monday-Friday) the programme includes hiking,
navigation, bushcraft, camp-craft, and numberous other outdoor
activities culminating in a night sleeping under tarps. Ecology
and nature based activities underpin and are integrated throughout
the programme with minimal use of vehicles for a greater sense of
being a part of the natural environment. All designed to
facilitate thought and discussion around the bigger picture…
Each group is supported by an ecologist and an outdoor educator
specialising in journey based programmes with young people.
The significance of nature and our place within the natural
world is central to our philosophy, through a journey based
progamme there is greater opportunity to facilitate positive outcomes with young people.
take everything we need with us to avoid having to use shops or
facilities; by doing this we remain as independent as possible
throughout the programme to minimise intrusion into group dynamics
and maximise the 'emersion into nature' experience.
Participants do not need to have prior experience before the
programme, expedition training is part of the package and the
participants will learn navigation, campcraft and hiking skills during the expedition. Journey based programmes
are designed to engage young people and encourage participation
throughout as well as encompassing any desired learning outcomes
and curriculum areas specified.