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Outdoor Learning in Wales

Wales is divided into three regions, each of which includes a National Park and one of the three Welsh Outdoor Charter Groups. (These are grass roots movements set up by local practitioners to help them look after their ‘office’ and are open to any practitioner operating within Wales). North Wales (the Heart of Adventure) stretches from northernmost Anglesey to the southern boundary of the rugged Snowdonia National Park; from the wild western coast of the Llyn peninsula to the English border and includes Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and northern Powys. This area has given rise to the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group. South-West Wales includes Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and of course Pembrokeshire with its glorious Coastal National Park (the only one in the UK) which is looked after by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group. South-East Wales covers the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Bridgend and southern Powys and includes the beautiful silent reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Practitioners here and from further west set up the South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group. Wales has a long tradition of providing Outdoor Learning for people of all ages and abilities. Providers here have a strong commitment to sustainability (environmental, economic and cultural) and inclusivity. They also celebrate the opportunities that a vibrant Welsh culture offers to all.

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
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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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Wales Committee

Wales Co-ordinator - Lun Roberts

North Wales Chair - Jenny Wilson and Graham French (Joint)

South Wales - Tom Partridge

Mid Wales - Nick Winder

South West Wales Chair - Sam Swift

South East Wales Chair - Craig Armiger

Wales Treasurer - Sheryl Confue

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru


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