Where would you rather be?

25 March 2011 · 0 comments

in Literacy Outdoors, Outdoor Courses & Training

Imagine you have been given the opportunity to attend a training event for free. Where will it take place? Think back to your last few training events. Have you ever attended a training session where you’ve passed the time day dreaming about where you’d rather be?

Today I had the privilege of offering workshops at a Learning and Teaching Scotland CPD event called “Orientate Yourself to Outdoor Learning.” It was based in the Cairngorms National Park at Glenmore Lodge. Participants had to locate their workshops through orienteering.

Rather than being offered indoor accommodation and access to grass or tarmac, I was given an orienteering map which told me where to set up my gear for the outdoor literacy activities I was offering.

Off I set along a track…

Following the occasional sign…

Down a little woodland path…

Through some mud (no strange animal tracks noted)…

Around the really boggy bit (with no bog creatures spotted)…

Trip-trapping over a bridge (no trolls there, phew!)…

Jaunting along beside the burn…

Into the deep, deep woods of the Caledonian Pine Forest (no Gruffalo to be seen)…

Until I came to a clearing…

And an orienteering sign that told me I had reached my destination…

So the transparent tarp was set up…

Ready for participants to arrive…

At the moment a Mappiness research project is underway. This involves 36,000 participants using their iPhones to map where they feel happy. Preliminary results suggest that people are happier outdoors in green and natural environments than in cities, even after controlling for a wide range of other factors such as weather, companionship, activity, time of day and day of week.

Generally, outdoor learning courses get very positive ratings from participants. I’m certain a lot of this is due to participants being able to spend time outside, often in natural settings. What a change from a stuffy room indoors! Next time you attend a course, think about where you’d rather be…

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