Why Outdoors?

Being outdoors has significant impact on a broad range of areas in our lives. Substantial research has been conducted on the value of and the outdoors across a variety of domains. From babies, to children and youth and throughout adulthood the outdoors holds benefits for all.

Key Benefits

Active Lifestyles

Physical literacy

Fundamental movement skills

Lifelong active lifestyle habits

Pathways to sporting success

Easy access to active outdoor recreation

Health Benefits

Mental health

Physical health


Social networks

Active lifestyles

Education Opportunities

Engagement on learning tasks

Skills such as leadership and resilience, as well as practical outdoor skills

Curriculum outcomes are achieved

Caters for a variety of learning styles

Enables an integrated curriculum

Increased Tourism

Increase visitor numbers to outdoor sites, including National Parks

Highlights regional areas as places of interest

Encourages active outdoor recreation as tourism

Economic gain to areas of interest

Provides employment opportunities

Improved Environmental Awareness and Sustainability 

Spending time in the natural environment encourages:

* connection to place

* knowledge of local outdoor places

* an understanding of the natural world

* increased motivation to protect natural spaces

* environmental stewardship

Employment Opportunities

Increased employment in outdoor careers

Contribution to a skilled workforce

Development of the outdoor recreation sector with trained guides

Skilled and trained outdoor educators working in schools to deliver curriculum

Greater contribution to the economy from the outdoor industry


Walking, Running and Cycling, accounts for 33% of total outdoors recreation by residents aged 15+ in NSW


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