Exchanging knowledge and ideas
The group provides a space for people to come together, discuss and
explore our shared interest and experience supporting mental health
and wellbeing in the outdoors, working therapeutically outdoors and
providing outdoor therapy.
We do this by:
The group arrange ad-hoc meetings and events to fulfil these aims
and have an email discussion forum for members. We welcome outdoor
professionals, youth workers, counsellors, therapists, etc. to get
involved and help take this field forward in the UK. You can join
the Therapeutic Outdoors Professional Discussion Group by contacting
the IOL office.
Taking the curriculum outside can improve attainment, increase
engagement, and develop a wide range of skills including problem
solving, communication and resilience. Join a group discussion of
teachers who work in schools and are the lead for outdoor learning
or it is part of their work/interest.
A forum for linking the expertise and interests of all lecturers,
researchers and fellows involved in higher education within the
The HE Dissertation Prize is designed to recognise
research at undergraduate level that demonstrates a high level of
understanding of a subject area, emerging talent in the field of
outdoor learning and complements the aims of the institute.
You can add HE Professional Discussion Group Membership to your
membership by contacting the IOL office.
Chair : Ian Harris
The aim of the group is to provide a forum for employers in the
sector for discussion and action to develop the quality and extent
of outdoor learning. This is achieved through:
Meetings There are currently 19 member
organisations, which meet three times a year for an overnight
meeting, each member hosting the meeting in turn. Organisations are
normally represented by the Chief Executive or equivalent post.
Meetings start with the evening meal, which is followed by an
informal session for exchanging news and raising any current issues.
Members find this informal session is a particularly valuable aspect
of membership. There is a more formal business session the next
Membership Membership is open to all
organisational members of IOL. Prospective members should be willing
to work in a spirit of co-operation, not competition and should be
willing to become fully involved and contribute to the group.
An annual fee of £50 is payable. In addition, members must be
prepared to host a meeting, without charge, each time their turn
comes round, currently every five years. Please contact the IOL
Office to add this to your existing membership.
The aim of the AEA Professional Discussion Group is:
“to promote approaches to outdoor adventure, education and
recreation which encourage awareness and understanding of and
action for the environment, local and global”
The AEA Group intends to achieve this by:
“sharing best practice across the outdoor
The AEA Group has an overarching vision:
“to promote approaches through outdoor learning that will
contribute to a sustainable future”.
The group will share knowledge and debate relevant issues,
influence current and future practice and provide guidance and
To join the group and the discussion is FREE but you need to be an
IOL Member, please contact the
to add this to your existing membership.
Group Committee: Chair - Geoff
CooperVice Chair - Louise EmslieTreasurer
- Graham Watson
There are currently no events available to book.
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