14 Dec Why Outdoor Education
Why outdoor education?
Outdoor education is a term that often refers to a form of learning that takes place outside of a traditional classroom setting. It can involve (but not limited to) activities such as hiking, camping, canoeing, high ropes courses. and other outdoor adventures or activities that help people to learn about themselves and the natural world around them. But why is outdoor education so important?
One reason is that it provides a unique and powerful way for people to connect with nature. Spending time outdoors can help us to develop a greater appreciation for the natural world, and can also help us to better understand our place within it. This can lead to a greater sense of responsibility for the environment, which is crucial in today’s world where environmental issues are becoming increasingly pressing.
Another reason why outdoor education is so important is that it helps to promote physical health and well-being. Spending time outside can be a great way to get exercise and fresh air, and can also help to reduce stress and improve mental health. This is especially important for young people, who are often spending more and more time indoors and in front of screens. As Australians, we are a nation that loves our sport and physical activity, and we are blessed to have so much of our environment available to us to enjoy for recreational purposes.
Finally, outdoor education can be a great way to develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. Many outdoor activities require participants to work together and rely on each other in order to succeed, which can help to build strong relationships and develop important lifelong character traits.
So as we plan our curriculums and what meaningful activities we invest our time in, remember that outdoor education is an incredibly important and valuable form of learning that can have a positive impact on individuals, communities, and the environment as a whole. Whether you’re an educator, a parent, or simply someone who loves spending time outside, there are countless benefits to be gained from outdoor education.
Here are a couple of our QCCC Outdoor Education Instructors to share their thoughts with us: