Outdoor Education (OE) focuses on learning about self, others and the environment
Understanding Outdoor Education
Outdoor Education (OE): educating for healthy relationships through sustainable outdoor experiences. It is different to Outdoor Recreation.
Outdoor Recreation (OR): the use of outdoor journeys for life-long play, enjoyment, adventure, health and well-being, fitness and socialisation. Outdoor Recreation skills are a tool to facilitate exploration of natural environments.
Outdoor Education Australia supports the
The right of all Australian students to access Outdoor Education (OE) in all years of schooling
The availability of a sequential Outdoor Education (OE) program incorporating a range of subject areas from the foundation to senior years.
This sequential program would ideally take the form of:
The use of outdoor education as a methodology for all year levels for a range of subject areas
Teaching outdoor recreation skills as part of a balanced Health and Physical Education program
An outdoor education journey experience available each year in the middle to senior years
Outdoor education as a study elective available in the middle to senior years
Outdoor Education Australia is a national network of outdoor education associations that facilitates communication about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.
OEA supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and First Nations Australians’ quest for truth telling, a voice and makarrata. We look forward to walking together with First Nations Australians to build a better future.