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Horizons Magazine

IOL Publications - Horizons

Uncover new ways to develop good practice

Horizons is a quarterly publication which shares good practice articles written by Outdoor Learning professionals, for Outdoor Learning professionals.

Whether you are new, or a veteran member of our community, there’s something for everyone: inspiration for new approaches; reflections on practice; the latest research and news; resource recommendations; guidance for personal and organisation development, plus much more.

Professional development in Outdoor Learning

Horizons supports your professional development, as well as the development of your teams and organisations in four key ways.

  1. Every issue provides numerous opportunities to reflect, learn and to be inspired.
  2. You can call on archive copies of Horizons for specific training or learning needs. Want to see how you or your team match up to the Outdoor professional profile? Read issue 85. Want to try some urban outdoor learning? Read issue 83.
  3. Writing articles for Horizons is an important part of continuing professional development; it demonstrates independent thought, generosity in knowledge sharing and a commitment to the ongoing development of Outdoor Learning.
  4. Horizons can help you build your network. Writing is a great way to raise your profile and reach across the sector, whilst responding to author callouts for support, questions and other opportunities to get involved, can initiate some great conversations.

How to get involved

There are several ways to get involved with Horizons: influence the future of Outdoor Learning by writing an article; reach our specialist audience through advertising; subscribe to Horizons to continue your professional development; search our archives to rediscover good practice from previous issues.



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Unleash good practice by searching the Horizons archive.


The editorial team


Editor - Carmen Byrne


Review Panel - Daniel Towers, Richard Ensoll, Jason King, Graham French, Liam Scott, Bob Larcher, Sam Lee, Lizzie Harrington, Colin Wood, Geoff Cooper, Marcus Bailie, Heather Brown, Kirsty Lawie, Di Collins, Ian Healey

Design & Production - Carmen Byrne

Printers - Fingerprints, Barrow in Furness

Advertising - Fiona Exon

Horizons ISSN 1462-0677

Horizons (Online) ISSN 2634-8799


About the specialist panel

Read how our specialists help authors and learn how to join the panel.


In the spotlight: Horizons (93) Spring 2021

Here’s a peak inside our latest issue:

In this issue...

  • Scanning the horizon - Resource recommendations by readers
  • Insights – IOL and Outdoor Learning sector news
  • Covid-19 One Year On - Outdoor professionals from around the world share an update of their experiences
  • Curriculum in Spring - Key stage ideas to take learning outside
  • Woodland Therapy - Sharing woodland project details from Orkney
  • The Freelance Life - Answering questions about working for yourself in the Outdoor sector
  • Surviving A Career In The Outdoors - A journey through having skin cancer
  • The Impact Of Childhood - Researching the impact of childhood experiences on ageing outdoor enthusiasts


  • Research Matters - Reflecting on a practitioner's journey to becoming a practitioner-researcher
  • What Are Your Hats - Exploring the different hats we wear as Outdoor practitioners
  • Child Participation - Thinking about Outdoor Education, diversity, equity and inclusion
  • The Pivot - Positives can still come from changes in challenging times
  • What Now? - Life after leaving university
  • Nature Notes - Spring wildlife watch tips for use in centres, schools, parks and gardens
  • Viewpoint - Readers tell us what they think
  • Perspectives - Increasing sector resilience and relevance


Inside Horizons 93



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