Why study with us?

This is an exciting and cutting-edge course designed to meet the growing concern about climate change and environmental sustainability, and to develop the potential of outdoor practice to make a real difference to these issues. 

If you are an outdoor practitioner, or someone who uses the outdoors for educational work - and you are concerned about environmental issues or would like to learn more - then this is the course for you. It will support you in gaining the skills and knowledge you need to enhance environmental input in the programs you run. Greening Outdoor Practicebrings you up to speed on major environmental issues, local and global, and explores new ways to harness the power of outdoor experiences to help address them.

As well as exploring how you can reduce the environmental footprint of particular programs, you will look at ways of using outdoor courses to raise awareness of environmental issues; debate environmental values; connect participants (and colleagues!) with the natural world and harness the inspirational potential of outdoor experience to encourage a shift towards more sustainable ways of living and working.

What can this course lead to?

Graduates will be extremely well placed to contribute to the development of ‘green’ courses and practices across a wide range of outdoor contexts. Progression to the PgD or MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning is also available. 

Resources and facilities

Read the latest issue of the Outdoor Studies Postgraduate Newsletter.

The teaching staff in Outdoor Studies include experts in environmental sustainability, ecology and environmental philosophy, as well as outdoor practice. (Do visit our staff pages. Key staff are likely to include Kate Rawles, Nigel Dykes and Chris Loynes). Our visiting lecturers come from a range of partner organizations and are chosen for their experience and their ability to motivate and communicate. We are located in the heart of the Lake District National Park, a leader in the field of sustainability and sponsor of the ground-breaking ‘Low Carbon Lake District’ project.

We are surrounded by practical examples of positive environmental action, many of which inform our case studies and practical visits - an important dimension of this course.


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