All our LEAF resources in one place.
All of the resources below can be used by anyone, whether you are working towards a LEAF award or not. They can be used as part of an Eco-Schools Green Flag award or for general Learning for Sustainability.
Interested in taking part in LEAF? Complete our registration form to sign up. LEAF is an annual programme following the school year. You need to register by the beginning of October to take part in this year’s programme.
All resources have elements of our core LEAF requirements (outdoor learning, connection to nature and learning about forest-based ecosystems).
Specific help and resources for outdoor learning can be found on our Outdoor Learning page.
Resources are listed under their most relevant theme.
Additional theme icons indicate themes that the resource would also be relevant to.
Suggested age range suitability.
Many activities can be done out-with these age ranges, depending on pupil ability.
Durations are given as guidelines only.
Project = multi-day activity involving repeated work over several weeks as a minimum.
* Very easy, no or very basic equipment needed
** Some equipment needed
*** Specialist equipment needed
COP15 Biodiversity Live Lessons: If you didn't see our Biodiversity Live Lesson in December 2022, you can still watch the recording and access the lesson resources. We have lessons for Early years to P3, Upper Primary and High Schools discussing COP15 for Biodiversity and celebrating the amazing organisms that we share our planet with.
Theme: Age: 3-18 Duration: 30 - 2 hrs Equipment: *
Imagine you are a…: This activity is an engaging way for pupils to view the world from the perspective of the animals and plants that they share it with. This will hopefully allow pupils to develop empathy for these organisms and consider what they can do to help protect them.
Theme: Age: 3-18 Duration: 30 - 60 mins Equipment: *
Food Chains / Web of Life: Two activities, the first is a simple activity from Keep Wales Tidy to help young children understand food webs. The second is an activity from Keep Scotland Beautiful for older pupils, where pupils create a food web based on local animals and plants.
Theme: Age: 3-18 Duration: 30 - 60 mins Equipment: *
The Last Wolf: Watch the Early Years session from Climate Action Week 2022 in which we explain climate change for young children and author Mini Grey reads her wonderful story ‘The Last Wolf’. The resources accompanying the video will help you carry out the activities Mini talks about, including planting your own trees.
Theme: Age: 3-7 Duration: 30 min - 2 hrs Equipment: *
What are trees made of?: This lesson from LEAF Ireland includes an experiment to estimate the carbon content of a tree. The support sheet accompanying this resource has lots of information on Forests and Climate change, which can be used as the basis for discussion.
Theme: Age: 9-16 Duration: 1 - 2 hrs Equipment: *
Forest Conflicts: In this activity pupils will look at what different groups of people want from a forest. They will use this information to examine conflicts of interest around forest use.
Theme: Age: 5-16 Duration: 1 - 2 hrs Equipment: *
What wood I see: In this activity pupils will investigate all the different items made from wood that they use in their everyday lives.
Theme: Age: 3-16 Duration: 1 hr to full day Equipment: *
Make your own recycled paper: Learn about how paper is made by making your own recycled paper in this practical activity.
Theme: Age: 3-18 Duration: 2 days Equipment: ***
Water tarpaulin: Use this activity from Keep Wales Tidy to model the natural flow of water using a tarpaulin and natural materials.
Theme: Age: 3-9 Duration: 1-2 hrs Equipment: **
How trees prevent flooding and pollution: This activity, including a discussion and an experiment, will help pupils learn about how trees help to prevent flooding and pollution and influence our weather and climate.
Theme: Age: 9-16 Duration: 1-2 hrs Equipment: **
Laws and Codes
Scottish Outdoor Access Code education resource pack: A series of activities produced by NatureScot that help children and young people understand their responsibilities in outdoor environments.
Theme: Age: 3-18 Duration: 30 min-2 hrs per activity Equipment: *
Create your own code: In this activity pupils will create their own code of conduct for their school grounds or local greenspace.
Theme: Age: 3-16 Duration: 1-3 hrs Equipment: *
Forest myths and stories: In this activity, pupils will explore myths and stories relating to trees and forests and use them as inspiration to create their own tales. .
Theme: Age: 3-18 Duration: 2-4 hrs Equipment: *
A Year of Tree Stories: In this activity, pupil will learn about the myths surrounding our native trees, as well as getting to know the trees themselves better with a wonderful resource from Forestry Commission Scotland.
Theme: Age: 3-9 Duration: 1hr per story Equipment: *
Creativity and Innovation
Land Art: A wonderful activity to create art that uses natural materials and leaves no environmental impact. You can vary the subject of your artworks to fit any theme.
Theme: ( ) Age: 3-18 Duration: 1-2 hrs Equipment: *
Music from Forests: In this activity, pupils will first explore sounds from nature, including sounds from inside a tree. They will then use natural materials to create their own music.
Theme: Age: 3-18 Duration: Full day Equipment: *