Category Archives: Natural Environment

How Outdoor Play is Improving Children’s Mental Health

As our colleagues at Natural England join together with leaders in the health sector to discuss mental health,dementia and the natural environment, we bring you this guest post looking at mental health in children, and how outdoor play, and learning, … Continue reading

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Leave More Trace?

Today’s article comes to us from one of our most popular guest bloggers, Chris Loynes, a Reader in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria.  The North American approach of ‘leave no trace’ has crossed the Atlantic to the UK and … Continue reading

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The ‘Outdoors Indoors’ and Making Gains: the impact of outdoor residential experiences on students’ examination grades and confidence

This week’s blog comes to us from Dr Carol Fuller. Carol is a sociologist and associate professor at Reading University. She works closely with Fiona Craig and colleagues at Ufton Court Adventure, researching ways in which outdoor residential visits impact … Continue reading

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Re-blog: Are we at a turning point for outdoor learning?

Jim Burt is Natural England’s Principal Adviser for Outdoor Learning& Outdoors for All. He recently published a blog on Natural England’s Gov.uk pages: There’s a real buzz around getting kids into the outdoors at the moment – outdoor learning, outdoor … Continue reading

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New Teacher’s Guide – Transforming Outdoor Learning in Schools: Lessons from the Natural Connections Project.

This free booklet aims to provide school staff with a compelling introduction to the value and impact of well-planned regular outdoor learning for pupils, teachers and schools as a whole. It sets out the evidence for outdoor learning and shows … Continue reading

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Case Study- Natural Connections at Torpoint Community College

John Golding from Torpoint Community College explains his experience of being involved with the Natural Connections Demonstration Project, and how he has developed outdoor learning at the school. At Torpoint Community College we got involved in the Natural Connections Demonstration … Continue reading

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