I have personally never experienced outdoor within my education growing up. I have been on nature walks with classes, and have explored the wilderness on my own. I have hiked up north around Waskesiu, I did a few hikes and nature walks while I was traveling through Australia. All my outdoor experiences have been different and have taught me different things. One thing I can say that they all have in common is that there were signs and have been touched or reformed by humans. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Having signs places helps as out on where to go, what to look for, and even historical facts. This just means it is hard to experience the pure bliss of the wilderness untouched.
In Newberry’s article it states that ” different knowledge troubles the learner”, which in return will form an emotional response. This to me is the important part of placed based education. Taking your students out of the classroom and having them learn from actual life experiences about environmental education will deeper their understanding and responses. “If the land, like the Canoe, is layered, my students and I seemed to be paddling through only the Manifest layer of it.” (Newberry, pg. 31). There is SO much to know and learn about the wilderness and about outdoor education and its impossible to know everything, but it is important that we do our best to education ourselves and our students.
My visual pictures are two pictures from my two favourite hikes and wilderness experiences. One from the top of Burleigh Hill, and the other from the Light house walk in Byron Bay Australia.