Outdoor Education – Research Summary


  • Increase school performance
  • Increase in health, decrease in ADHD, decrease in stress for both teachers and students
  • Increases understanding of place 
  • Connects natural and human communities 
  • Fun!

Does outdoor education really work?
A Summary Of Recent Meta-Analyses
James T. Neill & Garry E. Richards

  • Meta-analysis uses a statistical approach to combine the results from multiple studies in an effort to increase power (over individual studies), improve estimates of the size of the effect and/or to resolve uncertainty when reports disagree
  • Concludes on average that outdoor education programs have a positive impact on the way participants view themselves
  • Participants also have additional growth when returning to the classroom 
  • Evidence also points to long-term positive effects ranging from growth in positive self perception to growth academically and in behavior


8 Reasons Why Experiential Learning is the Future of Learning

Mr Rajiv Jayaraman, Founder and CEO, KNOLSKAPE

  • Accelerates learning by using critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Practice taking chances in a safe environment helps increase confidence
  • Ups engagement in lessons
  • Produces mind set changes