Learning in nature: exploring outdoor education

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
Outdoor Education is one of the most innovative educational approaches in the European context, as well as worldwide. New generations of children and youth have few opportunities for direct and authentic experiences in nature, making outdoor education a good solution to the challenge of reconnection to the natural world. Moreover, the outdoor experience can create great opportunities for meaningful learning experiences, both for students and for teachers.
We can teach and learn curricular subjects outdoors, grow social and personal skills and develop a sense of wonder and responsibility for the natural world.
Based in an outdoor training centre located in a rural setting, the course provides an immersive and experiential programme. In this course you will find an introduction to Outdoor Education theory and methodology, some practical tools, personal and professional insights and the opportunity for sharing and networking with passionate colleagues.

Learning outcomes:

  • Know the fundamental aspects of the theory and method of outdoor education
  • Understand how to integrate outdoor activities and processes in your own professional practice
  • Understand how to use outdoor learning for soft skills development
  • Be able to plan and project outdoor learning programmes
  • Raise awareness about your personal relationship with nature and education in nature
  • Gain tools and strategies for providing outdoor activities and reflection

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1/B2 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Teachers of any subject, educators, and school administrative staff

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 14
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Course information file

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Available dates

San Martino di Venezze (Italy)

  • 19.05.2024 - 26.05.2024 - To be confirmed
  • 02.06.2024 - 09.06.2024 - Confirmed
  • 23.06.2024 - 30.06.2024 - To be confirmed
  • 01.09.2024 - 08.09.2024 - To be confirmed
  • 22.09.2024 - 29.09.2024 - Confirmed
  • 30.03.2025 - 06.04.2025 - To be confirmed
  • 18.05.2025 - 25.05.2025 - To be confirmed

This location is 40 minutes from Padova.

It is possible to book only the Full package – double room for this course.

Course dates are made available based on the availability of trainers but are “confirmed” only once the minimum number of participants is reached.

Course dates are usually listed Sunday to Sunday. The course usually takes place Monday to Friday and the full-day trip usually takes place on Saturday, so Sundays are arrival and departure days for those who book course, activities and accommodation. You can leave earlier if you book just the course.

If you are looking for dates either not listed above or “To be confirmed”, please pre-register to your favourite dates so we can track your interest, liaise with everybody to convey participants to the same dates and make them confirmed!

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