If we want to have authentic connections with nature and our role in preserving and conserving eco-systems, we need to be actively participating in natural habitats. Our focus is on promoting ecophilia – or a love of nature and how we are all just a part of the environment.
Schooling should not promote ecophobia. Ecophobia is a fear of issues relating to the environment and nature, which stems from children being informed too early of catastrophes on a global scale. This leads to children developing an aversion to Nature – as if it is dangerous, dirty and needing to be controlled – and/or apathy as the issues seem too big for an individual to make any positive impact.
We see outdoor education as promoting opportunities to challenge and grow.