Making The Case for Outdoor Learning

Research, reports, policy documents and news items in support of Outdoor Learning


The demand for Outdoor Learning programmes is increasing and strong cases are being made in support of the value of Outdoor Learning. All the following documents in this blog have a connection to the benefits of getting active, sharing an adventure, and enjoying the outdoors. This is dynamic and growing resource - please get in touch to suggest or share an entry.

You can find some key research papers here covering effective policy and practice in the sector. If you are looking to get involved in regional research, follow this link to find the research hub closest to you.


Louise Keir
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Bringing Children Closer to Nature - 2019

A survey called Bringing Children Closer to Nature ran in 2019 and was the first national online survey of Forest School and outdoor learning amongst educators and woodland owners. The report published in July 2019 provides much-needed evidence about the barriers and opportunities to establishing and sustaining Forest Schools in particular, also a snapshot of outdoor learning activities in schools, and lastly recommendations for taking action to bring more children closer to nature.

Over the next two years, pilot projects will be developed using the results of the survey, and tested in selected counties such as Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. These pilot projects will be evaluated to assess how far they have overcome barriers to establishing and sustaining Forest Schools.

The Ernest Cook Trust will also use the survey results to inform their grants programme with the aim of sustaining Forest School programmes and outdoor learning activities in woodlands. The survey results will give The Forest School Association evidence to help them achieve their aim of high quality Forest School for All.

To achieve and sustain the national strategic ambitions of the Forest Schools for All project we will invite public, private and charitable organisations, and individual stakeholders, to share in this exciting vision.

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