5) Benefits & Risks

Learning Outdoors Benefits and Risks: Outdoor learning environments provide opportunity for students to engage in open-ended, diverse and meaningful learning experiences that are connected to nature, while also being connected to curriculum.


Outdoor learning spaces are also a feature of Australian learning environments. They offer a vast array of possibilities not available indoors.


Play spaces in natural environments include plants, trees, edible gardens, sand, rocks, mud, water and other elements from nature. These spaces invite open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature.


They foster an appreciation of the natural environment, develop environmental awareness and provide a platform for ongoing environmental education.






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