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.


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Measuring connection to nature in children aged 8 - 12 - 2013

A robust methodology for the RSPB

In this study the RSPB and the ‘Green Exercise Research Team’ at the University of Essex have fieldtested and chosen a robust and practical measure of connection to nature in children aged between 8 and 12 – the Connection to Nature Index. The RSPB will now use this measure to establish a UK-wide baseline of connection to nature levels in children across the UK to allow longitudinal comparisons and to enable further assessment of the effectiveness of such re-connection initiatives. Both this study and the planned future research will add to the evidence base, help to inform the debate on children’s connection to nature and shape local and national policy.

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