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Last updated 10:10 AM on 4 September 2013

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing.

Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids.

By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment.

Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a child proud of what they can do and also improve their self-esteem.

It allows children to step outside their comfort zone, find their courage and develop and acquire new skills in the process.

NSW Sport and Recreation provides a number of exciting ways for children to engage in outdoor learning through camps and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.