Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner
This accredited course teaches you how to deliver the curriculum through planned activities using natural resources in an outdoor environment. It focuses on how to use the outdoor ‘classroom’ to teach the curriculum, how to develop your outdoor environment for teaching and learning, how to manage the area sustainably and extend your flora and fauna identification skills. You will also spend time mapping an outdoor curriculum for your setting and building a bank of outdoor learning activities through hands on experiences. The course is taught through 2 units of study:
Outdoor Learning Practitioner – mapping outdoor learning activities, developing your Outdoor area as a learning environment, planning and leading Outdoor Learning sessions and learning how to manage risk when working outside.
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources – Studying the natural environment, learning about how to use a natural environment for learning in a sustainable way, the impact on the environment of using natural resources and developing flora and fauna identification skills.
You must be 16 or over and either hold a Level 1 Forest School/Outdoor Learning qualification or at least 1 GCSE or higher level qualification. This 2 day course covers a lot of information and requires you to complete a portfolio. For this you must lead 2 Outdoor Learning sessions with a school group after the initial training; so, you will need to establish a link with an education setting, have a current DBS check (if working with your group it the UK) and some experience of working with groups. A suitable first aid qualification is useful to complement this course.