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Whitelee windfarm

Secondary school groups

Secondary School groups are welcome to visit Whitelee and take part in environmental education with the countryside rangers.

Kyle Academy

Secondary school groups are welcome at Whitelee to participate in an Environmental Education session. All sessions offered by the Whitelee countryside rangers are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence and offer the opportunity to develop understanding of a particular topic. There is no charge for sessions undertaken with the rangers and all specialist field equipment is provided. Sessions generally begin from the Visitor Centre at Whitelee but alternate entrances/venues at the windfarm can be used so that specific areas of the site can be utilised for learning outcomes. Sessions normally last between one and two hours depending on the requirements and aims of the group but can be extended if required.

We ask that all groups indicate a subject or topic that they are studying in order for the session to focus on that topic. Sessions can be tailored and bespoke to suit the needs of a specific group. However, suggestions of some of the topics that can be covered are listed below.

East Ayrshire Schools

Schools from East Ayrshire should contact the Countryside Ranger Service at Dean Castle if they wish to arrange a ranger led session at Whitelee. 

Sessions offered 

  • Peatbog habitat - STEM worksheet session investigating peatbog formation
  • Sustainability - a session exploring sustainability through discussion and debate of the main topics and issues
  • Wind and Water - exploring the geographical processes of the wind and water cycles through a series of games and activities, encouraging evaluation of the science behind these global systems
  • Wind Energy - STEM worksheet investigating turbine technology
  • Field Studies - sessions use scientific survey techniques to explore natural history including methodologies, identification, results and reporting
  • Guided walk - a general guided walk led by the countryside rangers, giving the group a chance to ask questions and work a little less formally.

Host a Visit/Outreach Work

The Whitelee countryside rangers are available to visit secondary schools within the East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire local authority areas, and to a lesser extent schools from other areas in close proximity to the windfarm. Schools from East Ayrshire should contact the Countryside Ranger Service at Dean Castle.

The Whitelee Rangers can provide specialist help on topics such as sustainability, conservation, environment, biodiversity and offer help and advice on the Eco-Schools programme, taking schools a step closer to achieving the Bronze, Silver and Green Flag awards.

The rangers can also come out to speak in the classroom on a wide variety of topics such as wildlife/biodiversity, ecology, sustainability, conservation etc. or can assist with school projects both in or outside the classroom, providing expert help and guidance on a variety of topics to pupils, teachers and volunteers/parents alike. Please contact the rangers to discuss your requirements.

How to book the countryside ranger service

To book an environmental education session with the Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service, please complete the following form:

Alternatively, contact the rangers directly using their details in the box on this page.

Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Awards

Whitelee is a great place to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award or John Muir Award schemes. The Duke of Edinburgh award is a charity run organisation that gives young people the chance to develop skills for work, life and encourage them to fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. 

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

For further information on the Duke of Edinburgh or John Muir Award Awards, please visit:

Or contact the Whitelee Ranger Service for information on how they can offer advice and assistance to your group.

Whitelee Visitor Centre educational workshops

The Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre has a suite of education packages available to school groups wishing to visit Whitelee. These educator led packages compliment the environmental education offered by the countryside rangers and are available for pupils from P2 to S2. For more information on education workshops, please visit the website directly through the external link on this page or contact tithe Whitelee Visitor Centre directly via the contact details on this page.

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