The Positive Effects of Hiking on People: Exploring the Mental, Behavioral, and Emotional Benefits of Walking in Nature and Cities. Also, Studying How Trekking Education Links Effective Learning with Environmental Conservation Amidst Climate Change Challenges.
The new edition of the course “Outdoor learning and adventure education” took place in Tenerife from 24/09/2023 to 30/02/2023. The participants came from all across Europe, with Veronika from
Infinity-progress z.s. in Czech Republic, Aki from Hatanpään lukio in Finland, Marju from Tallinna Lilleküla Gümnaasium in Estonia, Amanda and Maria from Östervåla skola in Sweden, and Petra and Anita from Lilla Téri Elementary School in Hungary
We began by explaining Trekking Education and Outdoor Education concepts. We explored different methods to encourage students to enjoy trekking adventures, understanding that 'outdoor' isn't restricted to natural settings like forests. During this session, participants learned to teach subjects such as science, math, music, art, and language through engaging activities, increasing their awareness of the urban trekking environment.
Another part of the course involved using various tools in local parks to conduct activities in a natural setting. The games and activities we practiced were well-received, inspiring participants not only to share their experiences with the group but also to create their own outdoor activities.
Participants learned about Non-Formal Education (NFE), which focuses on real-life experiences during activities. By asking the right questions, students can connect new knowledge to their lives. On Wednesday, we visited El Teide mountain and national park, where we trekked around Roques de Garcia, a stunning attraction in Tenerife. During the trek, we discussed the importance of teamwork and team spirit in the classroom, as well as how to motivate students for trekking and outdoor activities.
On Thursday, we took on the longest trek of the week, hiking from Mirador Cruz del Carmen to El Bosque de los Enigmas. After learning about trekking-based teaching methods and the 10 Kurt Hahn principles, and experiencing urban and wilderness treks, each participant created a lesson plan incorporating trekking into their teaching subject.
The final part of the course focused on creating a personalized trekking experience designed for the specific age group of each participant's students. Considering the students' ages, desired skills, and educational topics, each trekking instructor carefully planned their session. On Friday, after a scenic walk through banana plantations, participants presented their plans at playa El Bollullo beach. This practical approach highlighted the effectiveness of experiential learning, equipping participants to create engaging trekking activities for their students.
In this course, participants discovered a wide range of activities and games they can use with their students, proving that learning extends beyond the classroom walls!
Discover more about this course here.
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