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The 2018 Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards

Recognising outstanding work and encouraging excellence

A spotlight on innovative projects that encourage and enable more people to get out, be active, learn about and connect with the outdoors.

The Outdoor Learning Awards are presented to Outdoor Learning professionals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding work, and to encourage excellence. The sector applauds those working on innovative projects to encourage and enable more people to get out, be active, learn about and connect with the outdoors.

The awards shine a spotlight on the exceptional work of a diverse group of professionals including instructors, teachers, leaders, managers, educators and researchers.

The main aims of the Outdoor Learning Awards

  • To promote outdoor learning professionals and organisations
  • To advance the knowledge and understanding of all areas of outdoor learning
  • To celebrate professional expertise
  • To reward schemes that demonstrate a high level of commitment to sustainability

Finalists will be selected by the three prominent membership organisations representing outdoor learning professionals and outdoor learning businesses. The winner in each category will be selected by an online public vote. The awards will be from the outdoor sector, to the outdoor sector to raise the profile of the great work the members of our organisations carry out.

The important role of outdoor learning professionals

We want the public to know about the work of our most creative and innovative outdoor learning professionals, because their work can have a big impact on people’s lives.

Take a look at any of the award finalists and you’ll see a great number of different public benefits they offer including health, environmental, social, and economic. For instance, outdoor learning can promote positive mental and physical health, bring communities together – and, increasingly, address the issues of sustainability and climate change.

Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards



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


2018 Outdoor Learning Awards - Finalists



Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards - Winners


Outdoor Education Partnership Award

Telford and Wrekin Borough Council and The John Muir Trust

Sports Participation & Engagement Award

The Outdoor Partnership

Environmental Awareness & Action Award

The Parks Trust Outdoor Learning Team


Supporting Health & Wellbeing Project Award

Venture Trust

Supporting Lifelong Learning Project Award

Scotswood Natural Community Garden

Outdoor Learning Research Award

Scotswood Natural Community Garden


Workforce Development Award

The Adventure Service Ltd.

Social Enterprise Project Award

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Student Dissertation Award

John Godley, University of Wales Trinity Saint David


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