Big plans for Outdoor Education Week in Margs

Local schools and businesses in the Margaret River region will be celebrating Outdoor Education Week with a variety of events to encourage all to venture outside.

Margaret River Senior High School outdoor education teacher Stuart Kupfer Hollis said the school would be promoting the benefits of active participation in the outdoors with all classes, both lower and upper school.

Mr Kupfer Hollis said outdoor education was prevalent at this time as it addressed the growing obesity issue in society by encouraging children to be physically active.

He said it also encouraged students to try something new, develop personal skills and allow students to better understand their local environment.

Kupfer Hollis said the children clearly loved learning outdoors.

"You can see what it fosters – teamwork and self-management," he said.

The outdoor industry in the region is heavily linked according to Mr Kupfer Hollis, with strong relationships existing between the school, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Explorus Adventure Learning and the Margaret River Climbing Co who all provide educational resources for students.

Augusta-Margaret River Mail