An outdoor educator is committed to providing learning experiences for his or her participants. A learning environment must be planned with clear learning goals in mind. The programme then needs to be developed and implemented with the participants’ physical, social, mental and emotional maturity in mind to safely achieve these learning goals. Flexibility within the learning environment allows for responsiveness to the situation, or participants. In providing a supportive and appropriate learning environment, the outdoor educator will:
- Ensure that the learning environment is appropriate to their level of expertise.
- Ensure that the learning environment is appropriate to the participants’ maturity, experience, and developmental stage.
- Understand and apply a variety of leadership and learning models to suit the learning environment.
- Employ inclusive and equitable practices for participants.
- Contribute to a just and humane society through the facilitation of participants’ understanding of themselves and their relationships with the diverse biophysical, social and cultural environments.