A good deal of time and energy over the last few years has gone into seeking to influence national government and policymakers with a view to expanding outdoor learning's impact on U.K. society. This has seen some tremendous progress in some areas, probably most notably in Scotland with the adoption of the curriculum for excellence and the role Outdoor Learning plays in this.
There continues to be a significant amount of effort directed towards drawing on research to influence policy and certainly much research funding relating to the outdoors has been spent in support of this. More recently though I believe there is an increasing recognition of the need to strengthen the 'third leg of the research, policy & practice stool'. A recognition that there is a very real need to identify and develop the use of good practice in a growing use of outdoor learning. The Natural Connections project has been probably the most significant indicator of this changing emphasis.