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IOL NATIONAL OUTDOOR LEARNING CONFERENCE 2023 - ‘Shared Vision for a Better World’
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IOL Annual Conference 14th October 2023 - online

Only £20 for IOL Members to attend

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Attention all British Canoeing paddlesport coaches! Attendance of the IOL Online Conference 14/10/23 is being worth 10 CPD points towards revalidation of your coaching awards.

We will be using a fully featured online conference platform. Get a sneak preview of the new conference platform. There will be the same, great content with outstanding speakers and workshops that are inspiring. 

IOL are delighted to welcome British Canoeing as Conference Sponsors.

On this day we are asking you to join us in conference and in developing, sharing and envisaging standards in Outdoor Learning that will make a positive difference now, and in the future.

We are inviting you to contribute to creating our shared vision for a better outdoor learning world. 

‘Shared Vision for a Better World’ 

In 2023, the IOL is joining in on World Standards Day with its annual conference.

This World Standards Day seeks to highlight how recognised and accepted standards are built on collaborative working.

Agreed professional, occupational and benchmark standards are testament to the power of cooperation and the belief that we are stronger than the sum of our parts. By working together, we are empowering ourselves to meet our challenges head-on and find real-world solutions. 

The IOL has 'Standards' as one of its 4 key priorities, along with Community, Workforce and Voice. As the charity for professionals in Outdoor Learning, the IOL works to develop and define quality standards which includes supporting research and promoting good practice.

In 2023 the World Standards day the emphasis is on UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The IOL has sustainability as a 'Golden Thread' and is working to make planetary and organisational sustainability run through all we do.

Joining up with World Standards Day for the IOL Annual Conference will make the day relevant, packed full of useful content and engaging for us as a community - and in a more sustainable online way. 


* Manjul Prateeti - General Manager Educational Delivery (OE Professional Development) at The Outdoor Education Group (OEG) in Australia.

* Joe Harkness Emotions-focused nature connections. Joe Harkness is a naturalist and SEND teacher from Norfolk, England, where he runs an autism base in a mainstream secondary school. In 2019, he wrote Bird Therapy (Unbound) which was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize the following year. September 2023 sees the publication of Inside/Outside, Joe's Nature-Themed Resource Book for Embedding Emotional Literacy. Joe will talk to us about the connections within his multifaceted work: in the education sector as a neurodivergent SEND teacher, as an author writing about connecting people with meaningful nature experiences and as a local naturalist. All of which weave together into the rich tapestry he will share with us.
Inside/Outside: A Nature-Themed Resource Book for Embedding Emotional (

* Catrin Thomas - who was awarded the Polar Medal in 2019 in recognition of her 17 summers in Antarctica. Catrin is a field guide for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She will speak of Antarctica, outdoor leadership and sustainability.

* Robin Millar, MP for Aberconwy - Robin is the Chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Outdoor Learning.  He believes strongly in Outdoor Learning and, with Tm Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, he is working actively to raise its profile generally and ensure outdoor learning/education experiences for every child. He will speak about Championing Outdoor Learning in Parliament.

Delegate fees:

  • IOL Members £20
  • Discount for group bookings for Organisational Members - 2 or more booked just £10 each (contact Fiona at IOL).
  • IOL Student Members £10
  • Non Members of IOL £150

Sector updates


Workshop sessions


Session 1

Sustainability Novelty in Nature - Appreciating newways to value the natural world (Jill Dawes & Matt Healey)

Community Taking Adventure to the Lived Environment - Parkour and the relationship with the local environment  (Charlotte Boenigk) 

Voice Political campaigning and networking (Ian Lewis)

Theory  Philosophy for Children (Jane Yates & Gina Parker Mullarkey)

EDI Arthog Ambassors - Reaching Diverse Young People in the Outdoors (Rob Wilson)

Standards Bushcraft Awards (Gary Johnston)

Standards Accreditation by the IOL for your courses (EQA) (Steve Parry)

Workforce Being AdventureSmart (Paul Donovan)

Workforce RPIOL - Becoming an awarding Centre (Steve Randles / Julian Pearce)


Session 2

Sustainability Sustainability in practice - Future Footprints (Dan Playford and Martin Callaghan)

CommunitY Update on the John Muir Award (Graham Watson)

Voice Achieving a One-Sector Voice at Westminster (IOL Employers Group)

Theory  Attachment Theory (Karen Mosedale)

EDI Equalising Adventure (Suresh Paul)

Standards  The value of Outdoor Ediucation Advisors Panel National Guidance to Outdoor Professionals (Steve Lenartowicz)

Workforce  Apprenticeships that support Outdoor Learning – an overview across education, management, facilities and customer care’. (Steve Randles)

Workforce Surviving a Career in the Outdoors (Pete White, AAIAC)



Session 3

Sustainability Outdoor Wellbeing and Therapy - Competence, Sustainability and Ethics (Neal Anderson)

CommunitY Youth development and outdoor learning at sea (Kirsty French)

Voice Nature Premium (Sara Collins)

Theory Bushcraft Ontology (Paul Moseley)

EDI Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Outdoor Learning (Global Butterflies on behalf of AIM)

Standards Encouraging active, challenging and safe expeditions for young people (Haydyn Tanner)

Workforce Modern Apprenticeships: ‘Outdoor Activity Instructor (L3)and  Outdoor Learning Specialist (L5) - an overview’ (Jim Whittaker)

Workforce Adaptability in Leadership (Rich Alderton)


Session 4

Sustainability Carbon Calculators –an easy approach to measuring impact and progress (Gary Richards)

CommunitY NOLA (Dr Roger Hopper)

Voice What is High Quality in Outdoor Learning? (Dave Harvey)

Theory Field Studies and Wellbeing (Rachel Manning)

EDI  Dignified Toileting (Elspeth Mason)

Standards The highs and lows of Ropes Course (AAIAC/ Steve Woods)

Standards Adventure Travel Guide Standard (Myles Farnbank)

Workforce  LPIOL (Dan Cook)


We are inviting sponsorship and exhibitors

Premier Sponsor - one available

Cost is £2,000. This will offer:

  • Up to 5 hosts
  • Your logo and a mention on communications about the conference (web pages / Horizons magazine / IOL newsletters / bookings / promos etc).
  • A presentation slot at the opening introduction to the conference on the day.
  • Design your own Conference platform facilities.
  • Dedicated Exhibit 'room' on the Conference platform.
  • Option to add a video to your 'room'.
  • Contact us to enquire about this option 


Sponsor - two available

Cost is £750. You will get:

  • Up to 3 hosts
  • Mention and logo on the pre-event delegate communications and on the Conference web area, in Horizons magazine and IOL newsletters.
  • Dedicated Exhibit 'room' on the Conference platform.
  • Option to add a video to your 'room'.
  • Book below for this option



Cost is £200. You will get:

  • Dedicated Exhibit 'room' on the Conference platform
  • Up to 2 attendees
  • Option to add a video to your 'room'.
  • Listing in pre- and post-event info.
  • Book below for this option


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