Welcome to Out to Learn

Whilst outside, humans thrive

 

We combine well being & education with nature through accessible outdoor events for all.

 

School LeadershipHOLIDAY CAMPS

Thank you for visiting our website and for taking an interest in this project. It truly means a lot to me that others are as enthusiastic about combining education with well being and nature.

Out to Learn began in the beautiful Chiltern Hills while walking with my sons and we came across some bones poking up through the ground. After investigating this together we realised that we had an almost intact badger skeleton and I realised that this inherent inquisitiveness resides in us all.

I signed up to become a qualified teacher and now, years later, here we are doing the same thing but with many more children and adults, embracing our natural curiosity in the most natural place there is!

Mike Williams (PGCE, MOst)
Founder – Out to Learn

Lataya
Lataya
2024-01-16
My 6 year old son attended this camp for 2 days during Christmas holidays and absolutely LOVED it. I was extremely nervous leaving him on day one and actually sat in the car park for 2 hours waiting until I happened to see my son and the group walking to the woods to start a camp fire - my son looked in his element. That was very reassuring for me. The feedback from both my son and staff was very positive. My son can’t wait until he can go back in the holidays. Never found anything so suited to his interests and needs during the holidays before! Mike and the other staff were amazing, thank you SO much.
Carrie Lloyd
Carrie Lloyd
2024-01-07
My daughter attended all four days of the camp. She was so happy to have learnt new skills and enjoyed her outdoors time especially. The staff were always friendly and helpful and were really accommodating when she was anxious. I'm grateful that my daughter could get active outdoors and have fun even in the cold & rain!
Melissa Mostyn
Melissa Mostyn
2023-10-29
Before joining Out to Learn, for months following deregistration from school my son was very withdrawn with school trauma. He spent days gaming and refused to join any group activities or team sports. I couldn’t even get him out of the house. I was determined to get him into nature and so persuaded my son to do a trial session with OTL. He was immediately hooked! In the ensuing 18 months since, my son has had a flexischooling education, joined an U12 football squad set to compete in Barcelona next spring - and accumulated a wide knowledge of and respect for nature and wildlife, bushcraft, carpentry, cooking from scratch, and teamwork. How did OTL facilitate the return of my son’s confidence? By providing clear, patient, inclusive and well-informed leadership every week, allowing him to explore nature and wildlife in a variety of ways, build meaningful friendships, develop an awareness of neurodivergence, and add to his literacy and numeracy organically. Most of all science, which was always his favourite subject at school, has become even more invaluable to my son after learning about biology, genealogy, physics and chemistry in practice, ensuring an evolving interest in evolution and technology. I cannot imagine him ever stopping attendance of OTL. Mike and his team are wonderful facilitators and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Five stars all round.
Carmen Miron
Carmen Miron
2023-10-17
Out to Learn are outstanding!! My children love the outdoor activities that Mike, Gwendoline and the team have put together over the years. They spark curiosity, desire to participate, a safe and comfortable environment while being active, connected with nature and having so much fun! My 10 year olds acquired skills not available to them elsewhere and that gave them a sense of pride and independence, which is huge, especially for senco. We need more educational settings like this and the adequate support for them to provide the inspirational attitude for life! Thank you Mike and stay awesome!
Nisha Malani
Nisha Malani
2023-10-16
I highly recommend Mike Williams. My daughter (10) has been learning from him for 2 years and she absolutely loves his groups. I asked her to describe Mike's teaching and she said "I love it because it's fun and very interesting. Mike is very good at explaining things."
Robert Grant
Robert Grant
2023-10-10
Runs a great group with the kids, mixing science and bushcraft, orienting and social skills
Peter Wallace
Peter Wallace
2023-10-09
Mike Williams, is an exceptionally gifted leader in education. My son loved his lessons, mainly because they were thought in an interesting, and imaginative manner, because of that he remembers the lessons very well. I would highly recommend Mike, to anyone looking for a great facilitator of education, in a non traditional setting or manner. Highly recommended by our family.
Jamie uk
Jamie uk
2023-10-09
This Bushcraft experience is highly recommended, I took my two along and they both really loved the activities (ring making, fire starting), so did I for that matter! It was educational and enjoyable day out, the host Mike himself is very welcoming and really has tailored this experience soo well, it is both kid and adult suitable. If you want to get out in nature, this is a great start!👍
Veronica Brodie
Veronica Brodie
2023-10-09
My 11 and 8 year old daughters have attended Mikes sessions. He is kind, caring and considerate. He has helped my daughters confidence to grow and made my children feel very welcome and included. His style of teaching is inclusive to all and he is very enthusiastic and empathic. My children have learnt a so much with his help and he is a wonderful teacher. We highly recommend!!
Tori Lewis
Tori Lewis
2023-10-09
Mike is an incredible teacher, warm, engaging, creative and extremely awake to the intuitive needs of children. My girls learnt so much through his practical and holistic teaching style. My children learnt so much, because he allowed them to have space and time to be, to play, and brought real life experiences that matched their cognitive understandings. I can’t recommend him enough as a teacher. My children are very blessed to have had the opportunity to learn with him.

SLT working in education?

We can help you to bring the classroom outside

 

We can support you and your colleagues to bring nature into your lessons
and to bring the classroom outside.

 

Schools

The evolution of Out to Learn

Initially born of a home-educating family who, having taken such inspiration from nature, decided to gain the necessary teaching qualifications and credentials to set up an OFSTED registered setting. The weekly outdoor setting continues to offer nature-inspired applied academic learning experiences in a fun and accessible way within the stunning Chiltern Hills.

Before long the project grew to include grant funded holiday camps where both home and mainstream-educated children could enjoy nature together. Soon after these nature experiences were delivered through ‘outdoor learning’ within the mainstream school setting. This helped children to regulate and normalised nature as a part of the school day.

This evolution has continued to include workshops at festivals and corporate events. The project began as a way for our own child with SEND to learn and regulate in a safe, natural and social setting. We have since discovered the huge positive impact these experiences have on children and adults of all abilities. It is our commitment to strive to support everyone, irrespective of perceived barriers, to develop a meaningful and lasting connection with nature.

Simplicity #Wales #nature #natureconnection ...

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Even working outside throughout the year I can sometimes forget the deep connection we have with nature. Settling deep into cold water brings clarity to the mind and body. What a beautiful day! #simplicity #geothe #wildswim #nature ...

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There is so much new life emerging in the polytunnel, which was bare a month ago. All planted and nurtured by the children. #gardeninginschool #polytunnel #send #autismawareness #adhdawareness #intervention #outdoorlearning #forestschool #bushcraft ...

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Our ancestors used marcasite (iron sulphide) to start fires. It isn`t easy to get a spark but when you hit it with a flint repeatedly you might be lucky. This one isn`t as sparkly as others I`ve found but still has the `wow` factor. #geology #marcasite #bushcraft #outdooreducation #forestschool ...

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Our ancestors used marcasite (iron sulphide) to start fires. It isnt easy to get a spark but when you hit it woth a flint repeatedly you might be lucky. This one isn`t as sparkly as others I`ve found but still has the `wow` factor. #geology #marcasite #bushcraft ...

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It`s been a while since I connected with nature in this way. How greatfull I am for the cold water, it invigorates and clears my head. #wildswim #wildswimming #natureconnection more please! 🙏 ...

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Harvesting #fatwood from a fallen pine limb. This is an absolutely goldmine, just need to break it apart to get to the middle! #forestschool #bushcraft @outdoorlearning #wellbeingatschool ...

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Natural firelighters made from fatwood. They burn hot and long with black smoke from the pine resin. I carry a stick of this with me wherever I go! #bushcraft #mindfulness #send #outdoorlearning ...

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Very excited to soon be hike-testing this @cribgogh Constrictor Jump! As an osteopath I`ve longed to find a bag which doesn`t hurt my back... think my search is over 🙂 #cribgogh #constrictorjump #backpack #hiking #adventure #kit #bushcraft ...

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Warming up the #classroom post-lunch. #outdoorclassroom #outdoorkids #putdoorlearning #wellbeingatschool ...

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Learning how a #siphon works by draining the school pond. #outdooreducation #childrenlovetheoutdoors #pupilwellbeing #appliedscience #immersivelearning ...

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Some schools keep the kids inside out of the rain... not this one! #sustainability #sustainabilityatschool #outdoorlearning #bushcraft ...

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Signs of new life in the polytunnel after half term! #nature #outdoorkids #selfsustainable #growfood #schools ...

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Can you name the elements? We find so many things in nature and it gets really interesting when we apply a scientific lens to understand how they were formed and which elements they`re made. #curiouskid #outdoorlearning #outdooreducation ##appliedscience #forestschool ...

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Songs and seeds... that`s what we can do in the rain and wind! #kidsinnature #outdooreducation #schools #wellbeinginschools ...

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Nature decorating and beautifying all stages of the life cycle. #skull #naturefinds #animalbones #outdoorlearning #forestschool #outdooreducation #lifecycle ...

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#microscopy #birdwatching #bushcraft and lots of fun! Perfect recipe for a day in the outdoors. #science #appliedscience #educatingoutdoors ...

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Attending Level 3 #safeguarding course today as the designated safeguarding lead. All of our team are #firstaidtrained and #safeguardingtrained ...

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