STIRLING’S schools have been encouraged to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor learning resources to allow youngsters to get hands on with nature.

Applications for the Local School Nature Grants are open from now up until November 22.

The grants are available through the charity Learning through Landscapes, as it distributes £550,000 of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Through the programme, Learning through Landscapes wants to transform the way people think of outdoor education and show the learning and play potential that exists within all school grounds.

As well as receiving up to £500 worth of outdoor resources of their choosing, successful schools’ staff will also receive a two-hour training session on how to get the most out of the equipment.

Applications are being actively encouraged from schools whose pupils are aged 5+ and are passionate about making environmental improvements for the benefit of their pupils, staff and the community.

The programme is also open to special schools and pupil referral units.

For more information and to apply for funding, click here.