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2019 Awards

Outdoor Learning Awards 2019

The Outdoor Learning Awards are presented to Outdoor Learning professionals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding work, and to encourage excellence.


The sector applauds those working on innovative projects to encourage and enable more people to get out, be active, learn about and connect with the outdoors.

These awards shine a spotlight on the exceptional work of a diverse group of professionals including instructors, teachers, leaders, managers, educators and researchers.


The Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards


Promote outdoor learning professionals and organisations

Strive to advance the knowledge and understanding of all areas of outdoor learning



Celebrate professional expertise

Reward schemes that have demonstrated positive impacts and community benefits


The important role of outdoor learning professionals

We want the public to know about the work of our most creative and innovative outdoor learning professionals, because their work can have a big impact on people’s lives.

2018 was our inaugural year, if you take look at any of the award finalists this will reveal a great number of different public benefits they offered including health, environmental, social, and economic. For instance, outdoor learning can promote positive mental and physical health, bring communities together – and, increasingly, address the issues of sustainability and climate change.


The 2019 Awards

This year’s award categories celebrate a variety of areas where outdoor learning professionals have used models for change to make a real impact in their communities.

The judges will be looking for projects that have responded to a clear identified need in a progressive way by going beyond established or commonly available outdoor learning solutions.

Entry to the awards is FREE. Individuals or organisations can enter each category once and as many categories as they wish.

  • Community Development Award

    Collaborative working projects where outdoor learning has been central to the development of young people or adults in a particular community group.

  • Participation and Active Sports Award

    Projects that have driven new levels of participation in upcoming or established outdoor sports on land, water and in the air.

  • Environmental Awareness and Action Award

    Initiatives that have developed understanding and championed sustainability at a local, regional, national, or global level.

  • Health and Wellbeing Award

    Outdoor learning based schemes that have made a real difference to areas such as mental health, resilience or social issues.

  • Workforce Engagement Award

    Projects that have actively encouraged equality and diversity, volunteers, or older applicants to be part of the sector workforce.

  • Outdoor Learning Research Award

    Research projects that have answered a relevant question, provided tangible results and made a positive contribution to practice.

  • Student Dissertation Award

    A well-structured undergraduate or masters thesis that follows a clear theme relevant to the field of outdoor learning.


Download the 2019 Outdoor Learning Awards Poster



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