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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Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing - 2019

Spending time in natural environments can benefit health and well-being, but exposure-response relationships are under-researched. We examined associations between recreational nature contact in the last seven days and self-reported health and well-being.

Using data from a representative sample of the adult population of England, we aimed to better understand the relationships between time spent in nature per week and self-reported health and subjective well-being. Our research builds directly on a small number of studies that have started to look at similar issues17,18,25,26, and answers the call made in several recent reviews for more work in this area27,28. Quantification of these ‘exposure-response’ relationships can contribute to the policy process, for example by providing evidence upon which to base recommendations regarding the amount of time required to be spent in nature per week to promote positive health and well-being outcomes. A similar process was used to support development of guidelines on the amount of recommended weekly physical activity needed for health promotion and disease prevention29.

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