Outdoor Learning Awards Finalists and Voting

Outdoor Learning Awards Finalists and Voting

Outdoor Learning Sector Conference

The 2018 Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards

Award Finalists and Voting.




Finalist Judging

The judging committee was drawn from prominent members of four representative bodies in the sector.


“We are delighted to have reviewed 37 high quality entries for this first year of the Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards. Thank you to everyone who entered.
We have selected examples of everyday outdoor learning from across our sector, as well as some innovative and diverse projects that are making a real impact.”

COLA Judging Committee



Outdoor Education Partnership

OEP Finalists



A "STEM ADVENTURE" programme which inspires young people into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics subjects and careers through the medium of outdoor and adventurous activities.


White Hall Outdoor Education Centre

The Partnership brings together people of all ages and backgrounds from across Telford and Wrekin (T&W), and beyond, acting as a conduit to provide opportunities for High Quality Outdoor Learning experiences and meaningful, long term connections to nature.


Telford and Wrekin Borough Council and The John Muir Trust

COACh is an Outdoor Education Partnership driver; throughout the academic year, specialist outdoor teachers upskill class teachers across 3 stages of a Primary school, connecting them with their local greenspaces and local outdoor enthusiasts, brokering effective lasting partnership development.


East Ayrshire Council Learning Outdoors Support Team

Sports Participation and Engagement

SP&E Finalists



A Community Development Programme. The programme was set up to increase opportunities for local communities in North Wales and engages with approx. 15,000 people per year including approx. 1000 disabled children, young people and adults.


The Outdoor Partnership

Marlow Sports motto “Active Inclusion” and has 4 key areas; Holistic, Sport, Outdoors and Training and Consultancy, in this application we mention three areas Orienteering, Physical Education and Parasports


Marlow Sports Group

Ashton Youth Club winter mountaineering week in the Cairngorms March 2018. This project is pretty special as it is rare that such a group comes together for 12 months focuses on undertaking an outdoor challenge, which they plan, prepare and celebrate.


Lindley Educational Trust

Environmental Awareness and Action

EA&A Finalists



Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre (LOPC) with the help of the community run the River Litter Pick Team operating once a month all year round, keeping the River Soar clean and as free from litter as we can manage.


Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

The project involved young people exploring the wildlife in Hardwick Dene. The young students took part in a variety of environmental work and improvements to the nature reserve.


Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

Youth Rangers is a volunteer group for young people aged 15-17 and provides outdoor learning opportunities and challenges that will help prepare participants for future studies and careers within the environmental sector.


The Parks Trust Outdoor Learning Team

Supporting Health & Wellbeing Project

SH&WP Finalists



An example of effective partnership working: Virtual School (Looked-After Children Education Service) and Outdoor Education Service Coventry City Council


Outdoor Education Service, Coventry City Council, Plas Dol Y Moch OEC

Venture Mòr’s Wilderness Therapy programme is run as a social enterprise (owned and operated by Venture Trust) and is aimed at young people between the ages of 14 - 18 years. We run in the remote wilds of Scotland, about three times a year.


Venture Mòr

Positive Futures programme. For veterans/ex-services personnel, any length of service, any age, struggling with the transition to civilian life.


Venture Trust

Supporting Lifelong Learning Project

SLLP Finalists



Elderberries tackles the disconnect from their community that is felt by so many local older people by providing supported volunteering opportunities and access to a beautiful natural space as a classroom, work place and gym but equally as a place to relax, enjoy the company of friends and escape from life’s worries.


Scotswood Natural Community Garden

Adult Explorers is a fortnightly scheme that enables people from within Milton Keynes to socialize and learn hands on skills in the outdoors, enhance their health and wellbeing and keep physically and mentally active whilst embracing the outdoors.

The Parks Trust Outdoor Learning Team

Workforce Development

WD Finalists



The Adventure Service Ltd aim to be the best in the business at aiding people to grow in confidence by ‘Achieving Potential Through Adventure’.


The Adventure Service Ltd

Aim Higher Programme: is a staff talent programme which enables staff to work in areas of the business they don’t usually work in. This develops a wider perspective of organisation and industry needs, opportunities for reflection on learning and the potential to move into new roles.

Kingswood Learning & Development Department

Outdoor Learning Research

OLR Finalists



Breeze Forest School Project delivered by Harriet Menter (APIOL) at Scotswood Garden, working with students and staff from the ARC (additional resourced centre) at Hawthorn Primary, and Newcastle Bridges School Community Special School; and Lucy Tiplady from Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CFLaT) at Newcastle University.


Scotswood Natural Community Garden

A collaborative research project involving Plas Caerdeon Outdoor education Centre; Liverpool Hope University and Universiti di Cagliari, Italy; statistically evaluating the benefits of specific residential outdoor adventure courses delivered at Plas Caerdeon Outdoor Education Centre.

Plas Caerdeon Outdoor Education Centre

Social Enterprise Project

SEP Finalists



Working in collaboration with CRT to help set up artwork designs with this group of artists, the LOPC consulted on the type of images that may be both generic but also engaging for visitors and people who pass by the Centre. CRT & LOPC then commissioned Graffwerk to paint the side of the Canoe store in Graffiti paint.


Leicester Outdoor Pursuit Centre


Students Dissertation

SD Finalists



How does disconnection from social media contribute to young people’s experience and learning on a 3 day outdoor education residential?


John Godley, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

An exploration of how women perceive the presence of others to affect their freedom in outdoor activities


Anna Gordon, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Nicky Saunders, University of Bedfordshire


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