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Research-Practitioner Hubs Project Update!

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We are six months in to the hubs project proof-of-concept – facilitated by IOL, University of Cumbria, Natural England, and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom - and enthusiasm for the project has grown, and continues to grow, at a considerable pace! Four regional groups are already active across the country, three in England: Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and one in Scotland, a group in the Northeast are about to convene their first meeting in June and there are several other hubs currently in development.

Upbeat meeting of North West Outdoor Learning Hub at Ambleside campus

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A major increase in the number of young people experiencing the great outdoors could herald the start of a ‘golden age’ for outdoor learning and bring significant improvements across communities.
Members of the North West Region Outdoor Learning Research Hub for Researchers and Practitioners who met on Friday at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria heard the upbeat assessment from Dr Chris Loynes, reader in outdoor studies.


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