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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Describing Outdoor Learning

Horizons 94 (Summer 2021) Neal Anderson, IOL Professional Standards Manager; Dave Harvey, PhD Research Student, Outdoor Learning Consultant; John Crosbie, Disability Inclusion, Safety Consultant and Activity Provider

This article describes an approach to describing Outdoor Learning that honours the term's historical roots, is informed by researchers in the field, offers clarity, and responds to individuals, organisations and stakeholders asking: 

• What opportunities are there in Outdoor Learning? 

• Is what I/ we do Outdoor Learning? 

• Why should we bother about Outdoor Learning?

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'Horizons' is the Institute for Outdoor Learning's quarterly membership professional development magazine

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