Outdoor Learning Research

Experiencing the natural world and gaining skills, knowledge and understanding helps people to learn about themselves, each other and connect with the environment. This site is dedicated to research showing the academic, personal, social, career, wellbeing, mental health and environmental care benefits of outdoor learning to an individual, their community and our wider society.



Evidence Supporting Outdoor Learning

The outcomes and wider value in a wide range of outdoor learning provision.


National Network of Research Hubs

Where academics and practitioners discuss and evaluate research in Outdoor Learning.


Research Resource Library

Evidence based practice, research reports, data sets and government reports. Coming Soon...



Research and read Journal articles

Access the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (JAEOL).

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Research and read Horizons articles

Access the professional publication for instructors, teachers, managers, educators and advisors. Free to IOL Members


Join IOL and support outdoor learning research

Jobs, events, current initiatives, organisational and professional development with National and Regional Communities.


What is Outdoor Learning?

Results of a research project to describe Outdoor Learning and its value.



Access a wealth of specially selected resource books and products for outdoor professionals.


Roots and Wings

The comprehensive story of outdoor education and outdoor learning in the UK.



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