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Special Report: Outdoor Learning - Research evidence

These summaries of key research on outdoor learning have been produced with the help of Lucy Maynard, head of research at Brathay Trust; Dr Chris Loynes, reader in outdoor studies at University of Cumbria; and Jim Burt, outdoor learning programme manager at Natural England.

Excellent adventures

Twenty years since the Lyme Bay tragedy in which four young canoeists died, outdoor learning activities are enjoying a revival, says Charlotte Goddard, with proven benefits to children's long-term wellbeing

Getting away from it all

Residential trips have formed a core part of youth provision over many years. Joe Lepper explores how these sometimes life-changing experiences have evolved to meet the needs of young people today.

Getting out and about

Advocates of outdoor learning highlight a wide variety of benefits for children and young people. Charlotte Goddard looks at the evidence and explores a range of projects that teach new skills.