What is Outdoor Learning?

Outdoor Learning is a broad term that includes discovery, experimentation, learning about and connecting with nature, and engaging in outdoor adventures, activities and sports.

Outdoor Learning benefits everyone, young and old, from all backgrounds and abilities and allow participants to reflect and learn about themselves, each other and our environment. A positive experience through Outdoor learning can have lasting benefits that can impact academic achievement, learning new skills, personal and social development, care for the environment, professional development as well as health and wellbeing.

At Todds Leap outdoor learning is attainable throughout all our activities, programmes and adventures whether formally through an instructor led session or informally through experiencing the natural world and gaining knowledge, skills, understanding or appreciation.

Climbing to the top of a Zip Tower and flying down, finding your way through the woodland and eco trails, pausing to listen to the streams, building your own den, finding out where animals inhabit during winter, and laughing whilst slipping on rain soaked muddy pathway are all outdoor learning experiences available at the centre.

6 Key Learning Outcomes at Todds Leap

 Activity Skills     Enjoyment     Environmental Awareness   Health & Wellbeing    Relationship Development   Self Development

Learning Outcomes and Associated Activities

Activity Skills

Demonstrate a new skill or competence

For many, a trip to Todds Leap is an opportunity to try something new and learn a new skill. Our skills-based activities include Archery, Climbing, Driving, Problem Solving and Shooting.

Enjoyment

Enjoy participation in outdoor learning activities and be motivated to achieve your best

All Todds Leap activities offer a fun shared experience.

Environmental Awareness

Developing an understanding and appreciation of nature and the environment.

Den Building, (Orienteering)Eco Trail, Mud Kitchens, Outdoor Team Games, Woodland Trail widen knowledge of environmental issues.

Health and Wellbeing

Develop an appreciation of the benefits of physical health and emotional well-being

All our programmes take place outdoors which has demonstrated through to improve wellbeing.  Activities such as Climbing Wall, Last One standing, Tayto Big Yella’ Slide,  Team Games, Total Wipeout and our Trails increase fitness and promote physical activity.

Relationship Development

Work constructively as a team member & communicate effectively with others

All of our activities involve an element of teamwork, however some are deliberately aimed at developing teamwork & communication, examples of this are Blindfold driving, Orienteering (Eco Trail), Splatmaster, Team Games & Problem Solving.

Self-Development

Confidence, Leadership, Resilience & Motivation 

Our instructors work with individuals and encourage them to participate in challenging and daring activities. Overcoming a fear of heights to climb or zipline can be motivating and build confidence. Climbing Wall, Den Building, Last One Standing, Giant Swing, Tayto Big Yella, Last one standing Team Games, Zip line all impart self-development.

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