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ERIC Number: EJ899640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Outdoor Education and Environmental (Make that Nature) Learning
Johnston, Julie
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v19 n4 p4-7 Sum 2007
Outdoor education cannot "not" be about nature learning. Just as David Orr (1992) says that all education is environmental education, so too all outdoor education teaches something about the natural world--either that it matters or that it doesn't. According to the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO), "outdoor education directly exposes participants to our natural environment in ways that engender personal connections, knowledge, skills and a lifelong environmental [nature] ethic." This is why outdoor educators must also see themselves as environmental educators. This author states that everybody can model a respectful interest in nature, think ecologically, encourage play in wild nature, use the environment as an integrated context for learning, and share the magic of natural history and nature connecting--all without any training in environmental science, and no matter where their outdoor teaching takes them. She believes that it is time for outdoor educators and environmental educators to claim their common ground and collectively call for a transformation--to make nature the teacher and the Earth matter, more than anything else in the world.
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3C6, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada