Outdoor Learning Experiences supports learning and engagement with the natural environment for all ages. We seek to do this in several ways:

We offer a variety of activities for adults and children which enable them to enjoy being out in nature, such as Forest School, farm walks and tours, educational visits to the farm, and outdoor science lessons.

Research on outdoor learning and environmental education. See the Research page for more details of project and publications of findings.

Work with organisations that seek to promote outdoor learning and engagement with nature, such as Countryside Classroom, Farms for City Children, School Food Matters.

Influencing policy regarding learning in the natural environment, through membership of a strategic research group within Natural England.

Outdoor Learning Experiences is based in Hertfordshire. Frances Harris, founder of Outdoor Learning Experiences, is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University of Hertfordshire.


Countryside Classroom
This week marks the launch of Countryside Classroom, a website which promotes learning about food, farming and the natural environment. Countryside classroom is the result of the  enthusiasm of a group of organisations who are committed to ensuing that children and young people have the opportunity to experience and understand more about   read more ...
Welcome to Outdoor Learning Experiences
Welcome to outdoor learning experiences, a web site which brings together outdoor learning practice and research. read more ...
What's in a name?
Why Outdoor Learning Experiences? Well, everything we do is outdoors. Children spend most of their time at school indoors, but sometimes there's s a real benefit in moving outside the classroom, away from the same desks and tables, and learning in a different way. read more ....