Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE)

Obviously, it’s outdoors. And just as obviously, learning is involved. Experiential┬ámeans┬álearning by doing. It’s that simple.

And yet, outdoor experiential education means many things to many people. Certainly, teaching students in the outdoors – whether in a schoolyard or at an outdoor education centre – is OEE. But so is the canoeing program at a summer camp. And a seniors group taking cross country ski lessons. So is taking your own kids outside to have fun. Likewise, letting a novice navigator on a canoe trip make mistakes so that you pass by your intended portage or campsite is also OEE. Virtually anything you do outdoors is OEE.

This begs the question, then – is everything you do outside OEE? Obviously not. Shovelling your driveway isn’t, but shoveling snow in a pile to make a quinzee is.

(To be continued…)

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