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Outdoor Learning: Joint Theme Leads: Professor Heather Prince & Dr Tracy Hayes

Outdoor learning involves facilitated experiences in the outdoors normally in formal and non-formal education. It includes outdoor and environmental education, adventure, recreation and physical activity for a range of outcomes such as health and well being, personal, social and intellectual development, and enhanced relationships with nature and place. Outdoor learning is important on a global scale to build positive values and a sustainable future, particularly for children and young people.


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9th International Outdoor Education Research Conference

Monday 18th - Friday 22nd July 2022
University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus

The University of Cumbria is delighted to host the 9th International Outdoor Education Research Conference on our Ambleside campus in the Lake District National Park from 18-22 July 2022. A tri-annual event, the conference brings together researchers, professionals, and policy makers concerned with outdoor education, providing the opportunity to share findings, build networks and consider how best to support the outdoor education sector from an evidence base and through critical thinking.

This conference will give you:

  • A welcome from the people of Cumbria
  • A full programme of research presentations 
  • Plenaries and discussion groups 
  • Excursions in the Lake District National Park – on foot, boat, canoe and bike – to lakes, hills, forests and museums 
  • Barbeque & conference dinner 
  • Ceilí (food, dancing, conversation and much more! Music from Irish céilí band)

There will be weekend pre-conference options with field trips, a full programme will be published early in 2022. Find out more, including how to submit your research on the IOERC website. 

The call for papers is now open for submissions. Submit your papers, here.

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