“People of all ages regularly interact with Devon’s natural environment as an integral part of learning that takes place through life.”
The Sustainable Outdoor Learning In Devon Working Group (SOLID) is a diverse group of practitioners from local government, schools, further and higher education institutions, NGOs to local communities. All are committed to developing environmental awareness, stewardship and learning for sustainability.
Anyone can get outside and learn more about nature and sustainability in Devon. If you are interested in specific species like butterflies, bats or badgers; lichens, trees or wild flowers, there is a group to help you learn more. Learn from experience by volunteering with practical conservation tasks. Learn from the experts on a specialist course or help out and collect valuable data with a citizen science project. This page will help point learners of all ages and inclinations in the right direction.
Taking your pupils outside to learn might perhaps seem daunting but there are lots of resources and organisations to help ease the process and make curriculum links clearer. This page highlights SOLID members as well as useful national resources.
A wealth of evidence exists on the benefits of taking learning outdoors. It can be useful for the reflective teacher / practitioner to develop what they do but also to persuade others and justify why it makes sense for children, young people and adults to make use of natural environments for learning. This page contains links to key studies and collections of research articles on the wide ranging benefits of Outdoor Learning.