(Adjective) Relating to moods, feelings, and attitudes. English Oxford Living Dictionaries
You might reasonably accuse me of banging on a bit about the need for affective experiences in and through the outdoors. It’s not only me getting excited about the role of outdoor learning experiences that involve significant feeling or emotion. Natural England’s Strategic Research Group are also clear that environmentally sustainable behaviour and healthy lifestyles are a product of affective experiences in nature. The concept of Nature Connectedness, so clearly spelt out in DEFRA’s recently published 25 year environment plan, is based on affective experiences leading to personal relevance and care for the natural environment.
So what are we doing about it? Well quite a few things actually and I’m keen that we all consider the role we play in ensuring that the role of outdoor learning is well understood and valued.