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Outdoor Learning in the South & Channel Islands

The Southern Region includes the beautiful coast, lakes, rivers, downs, open countryside, city centres and two National parks spread across the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire along with the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We have a great array of environments used by our members, from rural open spaces, dramatic coastlines, to open country and city centre provision. The region has a strong outdoor learning community with many centres and freelancers operating in the very diverse and active region.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

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Why it’s important to learn and play outdoors
/ Categories: IOL Wales, IOL Cymru

Why it’s important to learn and play outdoors

Karen Clarke, Natural Resources Wales Education and Skills Advisor's Blog

Getting outside and enjoying the beautiful environment we have in Wales can do us so much good - like guarding against obesity and reducing the symptoms of stress.

But how can it also help with education and protecting our environment for the future?

In her blog, Karen Clarke, Natural Resources Wales Education and Skills Advisor, tells us why we should take the classroom outdoors…


Being in nature and experiencing it first-hand helps us appreciate and understand more about the natural environment and how we can all help protect it.

Taking the classroom outdoors is a great way for young people (or anyone at any age!) to start feeling this connection with nature.

A simple walk in the park, finding shells on the beach, making bird feeders, and growing plants are just some examples of how we can all start building a real relationship with the environment.

This connection makes us feel more comfortable outdoors and gives us confidence to learn about natural processes and the impact we have on the environment, like the lifecycle of a tree and what happens to our rubbish.

As our knowledge builds up we develop a deeper connection, forming our own opinions on things like climate change or our attitude on recycling - helping us influence and educate others in a positive way.

We all have the potential to move, step by step, from being in and connecting with the natural environment to establishing lifelong positive behaviours that will encourage all of us to look after our world.

And we never stop learning. Some of these steps can be repeated many times as we learn new things, grow, change and develop over time.


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South Committee

Chair  -  James Dyer - Email James

Secretary - Martin Robinson

Treasurer -  TBC

Committee: Sam Kendall, Mike King, Gary Palmer, Chris Rinaldi, Denea Wright


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