“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better” - Albert Eistein
Outdoor Education is defined by Outdoor Education Australia as educating for healthy relationships through sustainable outdoor experiences
Todays youth face an increasingly urbanised society, rising rates of childhood obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and disconnection from the natural world. Outdoor Education provides an opportunity to tackle some of these challenges.
Outdoor Education in WA occurs in a range of different forms and contexts, from school camps to weekly classes to extended expeditions and residential sites. Each of these offers unique experiences for students to grow, understand their peers and the world around them.
All students across all year levels should have the opportunity to engage in learning in the outdoors.
WA Outdoor Education Curriculum.
The WA Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority provides the following WACE course outline:
Through interaction with the natural world, Outdoor Education aims to develop an understanding of our relationships with the environment, others and ourselves. The course focuses on outdoor activities in a range of environments including bushwalking, sailing, caving, climbing and orienteering. It provides students with an opportunity to develop essential life skills and physical activity skills, and an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the environment and develop a positive relationship with nature.
More detail can be found on the SCSA website.
The Department of Education has also identified two secondary schools that specialise in Outdoor Education, if you are a student interested in this area then contact the schools below.
The Kalamunda Senior High School Outdoor Adventure Program is designed to enhance the learning of students in an Outdoor Education context.
The Warnboro Community High School Adventure Recreation program takes advantage of the unique environments that surround Warnbro CHS such as the Shoalwater Marine Park and the Darling Range. Students participate in activities such as abseiling, snorkelling, rock climbing, sailing, fishing, surfing, and mountain biking, and are taught environmental principles such as leave no trace ethics, risk management and ecological sustainability.
Outdoors WA strongly supports outdoor education in WA through its involvement with a number of groups including:
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority - WA Curriculum Advisory Group (CAG) for Outdoor Education. http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/Senior_Secondary/Courses/WACE_Courses/Outdoor_Education
Outdoor Education Australia network member. http://www.outdooreducationaustralia.org.au/index.html
WA Reference Group for Outdoor Education (WARGOE)
Outdoors WA would like to thank the many teachers, schools and organisations involved in the campaign to ensure a place for Outdoor Education in the National Curriculum.
Media: The value of outdoor education in schools:
Schools Shy Away From Risk - The Australian.
Kids climb the tree of knowledge - Daily Telegraph here.
Outdoor kids get a breath of fresh air - Herald Sun here.
See our directory of campsites for a selection of outdoor accommodation and activity providers.
Outdoor Education Links
We have collected a series of linked resources that may be helpful for outdoor educators.