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Reviewing Outdoors





What's it about?
Maximising opportunities for learning and development while in an outdoor environment.

Who should attend?
People who use outdoor activities and exercises for experience-based learning and development.

What is involved?
We will actively explore opportunities for reviewing during activities, at activity sites, while on the move and in all weathers!



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OA2 Reviewing Outdoor Activities

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Reviewing Outdoors

Participants will be recommended
to carry out one or two preparatory tasks.

Session 1
Indoors vs. Outdoors
Reviewing indoors: opportunities & limitations
Reviewing outdoors: opportunities & limitations

Session 2
Reviewing Activities Outdoors
Reviewing ...
Group-Building Activities
adventure activities
problem-solving activities
nature-awareness activities
Mid-way evaluation

Session 3
The Reviewing Cycle Outdoors
Cycles in the natural world
Facts, Feelings, Findings and Futures
(matching 'outdoor' Reviewing methods
to each stage of this reviewing cycle) more...
Feedback and appraisal outdoors

Session 4
Resourcing outdoor reviewing
Found Natural Resources
What's in a reviewer's rucksack?
Developing ideas and resources
Action Planning
Final Evaluation

Self-Development Exercises




Reviewing can happen anywhere, any time.
You don't need a comfortable room and paper and pens to review activities! And you don't need a warm, dry patch of grass to review out of doors!

Why Review Outdoors?

  • The outdoors can provide more inspiration and opportunity for reviewing than even the best equipped training room.
  • By building reviewing into activities, reviewing is guaranteed to happen.
  • You will be more 'in-tune' and 'in-touch' with learners.
  • You (and they) will be using the time available more effectively and getting more value.
  • Timely reviewing makes activities more rewarding and meaningful (and safer too).

Venue The venue for this workshop should be close to a large garden, park, woodland or wilderness.

Variations Programmes can be readily adapted, combined or created to suit different needs, situations or priorities.


  • These training workshops are enjoyable, effective and participatory events based on the principles of experience-based learning.
  • The typical learning sequence is explanation, example, trying out the skill or method, reviewing what happened, and considering developments and alternatives.
  • Relevance is ensured through pre-course negotiation, preparatory exercises and mid-way evaluation.
  • Supporting handouts are included with all workshops to minimise the need for note-taking and to maximise involvement.
  • New workshops will be announced later this year to coincide with the publication of two new handbooks.
  • Current workshops are listed on the main workshops page, where you will also find links to some other workshop descriptions. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or if would like to receive a workshop description tailored to your needs, please send an e-mail request to
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