Lifelong Learning

Explore The Outdoors This Summer!

Connect with the local land this summer with these in-person Short Courses.

In case you haven’t heard, this summer we’re still doing things differently – offering very short courses throughout August - some of which will be held in person.

If you’re keen to get outside and explore your surroundings in and around Edinburgh, these one-to-two-day courses will satisfy your inner adventurer. 

summer short courses


Geology of East Lothian

Spend two days with geologist and Short Courses Teaching Fellow Angus Miller as he takes you on a tour of the geological history of East Lothian. From the staggering coastal landscapes of Dunbar to North Berwick’s rugged offshore islands, learn all about the ancient volcanic activity and other factors that helped shape the region’s environment.  

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Marine Biology and Ecology Field Trip

Join ecologist and Teaching Fellow Iain Reid along the rocky shores of East Lothian’s Yellowcraig Beach. Not only will you learn specialised techniques to identify shoreline species and link them to their natural physical environment, but you’ll also develop a good knowledge of the diverse wildlife that lives within Scotland’s rocky shores.

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The Seven Hills of Edinburgh

If you’re a keen walker, this two-day course will take you up two of Edinburgh’s Seven Hills and Holyrood Park. You’ll learn about the geology and historical significance of the landscape and how the city’s Seven Hills have influenced Edinburgh’s development. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to identify different types of rocks that make up these hills and understand the ancient geological events and natural processes that impacted the landscape and the city’s overall development.

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Walking in the City: Contemporary Flânerie

If a gentle stroll through the city is more up your alley, Art Teaching Fellow Deirdre MacLeod will take you on a journey of experiencing new ways to sense your surroundings. You’ll then have the opportunity to record your experiences through a variety of different mediums - drawing, photography, audio or writing. This French modern art form will help you learn more about your own creative process while connecting it to your local surroundings.

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Not an outdoors person? Or unable to join us in person? we have a range of online courses and day workshops happening this August.

View our Full Array of Summer Courses