March 2021 – February 2022

Wild Cats is a programme of nature connection for 10 to 14-year-olds, based at locations in and around Midlothian. The programme spans the entire year, with 7 day-long sessions and a two-day overnight camping adventure.

Programme outline and dates

We will combine games, crafts, naturalist skills and survival living to inspire young people to connect with nature and build confidence, curiosity and awareness in themselves, their surroundings and in their relationships.

There is a particular emphasis on the natural cycles of the day and night and the changing of the seasons. This is reflected in the session dates, each of which is linked to a seasonal or traditional festival. For full details of activities for each session, click here for the Wild Cats info document.

🙚 Spring Equinox
When: Saturday 13 March, 10am – 4pm 
Where: Willowburn Lea, Leadburn 

🙚 Beltane
When: Saturday 17 April, 10am – 4pm 
Where: Willowburn Lea and Leadburn Community Woodland

🙚 Summer Solstice
When: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June, 10am – 4pm 
Where: Overnight at Gladhouse or Willowburn Lea

🙚 Lammas
When: Saturday 24 July, 10am – 4pm 
Where: Roslin Glen

🙚 Autumnal Equinox
When: Saturday 11 September, 10am – 4pm
Where: Willowburn Lea, Leadburn

🙚 Samhain
When: Saturday 23 October, 10am – 4pm 
Where: Willowburn Lea, Leadburn

🙚 Winter Solstice
When: Saturday 4 December, 3pm – 9pm  
Where: Willowburn Lea, Leadburn
🙚 Imbolc
When: Saturday 5 February 2022, 7.30am – 1.30pm
Where: Willowburn Lea, Leadburn

The Wild Cats team

Meet Elly and Louise, two experienced outdoor learning practitioners, who will be guiding the young people through the Wild Cats programme.

Elly Kinross: “I am an outdoor educator who has been working in gardens and woods for many years. I am a qualified Forest School practitioner, I have training in the Art of Mentoring and 8 Shields Nature Connection and I have completed a Permaculture Design Course. I am passionate about … continue reading about Elly here.

Elly Kinross. one of the Wild Cat leaders

Louise Durrant: I have worked at the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery in Fife since 2012, as a woods practitioner with pre-school children, and now as training and workshop facilitator. I have trained and volunteered in the Art of Mentoring and 8 Shields nature connection model, and have participated in immersive nature and soulcraft programmes with the Animas Valley Institute… continue reading about Louise here.


The cost for the full year programme is £225.00 per person, with a concessionary rate for families on low incomes and for families where more than one young person is taking part. 

  • Full Fee place £225
  • Concession place £150
  • Additional Sibling place £150


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