Wilderness Escape offers 3 different levels of service:
Level 1 – Activities Only (instructors + equipment)
Level 2 – School Camp (base level WEOA Camp – limited provisions)
Level 3 – School Camp (All services provided)
Organisation of learning in outdoor education
In order to maximise the effectiveness of any outdoor education program delivered in schools, learning should be sequential and with clearly aligned themes and specific learning outcomes. This learning can be summarised under the following organising ideas:
1. There is a range of skills and knowledge required to be active in the outdoors.
2. Individuals need to work together to achieve common goals in outdoor activities.
3. Human–nature relationships enhance an individual’s experience in natural environments.
4. Ecological, cultural and personal knowledge of places enhances decision making about conservation and sustainability.
5. Being in nature promotes health and wellbeing.
6. Journeys in natural environments promote personal growth and development
Models of delivering outdoor education in schools
The curriculum recognises that schools organise learning depending on local needs, resource availability and timetabling structures. In secondary settings in particular, the content from the health and physical education, geography and science curricula can be organised and delivered in a range of ways and through a number of different school subjects, including outdoor education.
Content related to outdoor education in the Australian Curriculum can be delivered in a range of ways.
As a sequential stand-alone subject
Students in secondary schools elect to undertake outdoor education as a stand-alone subject, taught by teachers from within the school. Students learn through direct teaching in the classroom enhanced by personal experiences outside the classroom in local environments and journeys to and through nearby natural environments.
DAY TRIPS – Participating in outdoor adventure activities in various important local environments;
- Snorkelling at Port Noarlunga Reef
- Kayaking along the SA coastline
- Bushwalking in the Adelaide Hills
As an annual, sequential field trip and camps program that may allow components of other learning areas to be taught
Students achieve deep learning through a planned sequence of year level camps programmed each year. In the early primary years students may take part in a sleepover with parents on the school grounds, followed by residential and under-canvas camps, culminating in a more extensive journey to a nearby natural environment. The camps include delivery of a range of learning from different learning areas.
As a teaching methodology learning in, about and for the outdoors drawing on content from a range of learning areas
Each learning area examines how they might use outdoor learning as part of the delivery of their curriculum. This may include using outdoor journeys as ways to engage in local environments to explore concepts that have been investigated in the classroom. This might involve one or more learning areas combining to achieve linked outcomes. Students plan and complete an outdoor journey as the culminating experience to demonstrate their learning for a range of learning areas.
- Perform and refine specialised movement skills in challenging movement situations (ACPMP099) (E.g. Adventure caving, snorkeling, sand boarding)
- Transfer understanding from previous movement experiences to create solutions to movement challenges (ACPMP106) (E.g. Adventure caving, snorkeling, sand boarding)
- Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093) (E.g. staying in dormitories together)
- Examine the role physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport plays in the lives of Australians and investigate how this has changed over time (ACPMP104) (E.g. All activities)
- Evaluate factors that shape identities and analyse how individuals impact on the identities of others (ACPPS089) (E.g. Interaction throughout program with each other and external bodies)
- The human induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070) (E.g. Travelling to a unique environmental area of South Australia)