Ecological Literacy and Sustainability in Outdoor Education

As an outdoor education and eco-literacy specialist in the Kilat Outdoor Environmental Learning (KOEL) Centre, you have been tasked to lead a team of four outdoor educators to design and conduct a 5-day outdoor education program for a group of 40 students aged between 10 to 12 years in a Primary school located in Upper Bukit Timah Road. A vast majority of the students reside in the urban public housing areas close to the school.

The focus of the program is on the development of eco-literacy and education for sustainability through developing a connection to nature and a sense of place in the locales. Besides introducing a series of outdoor activities to enable the students to connect with nature and local places, the school would like the program to include excursions to at least two nature parks/reserves including Dairy Farm Nature Park and/or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Rifle Range Nature Park or Bukit Batok Nature Park.

Your team of four outdoor educators with ages ranging from 22 to 30 years old came from an urban city background and are competent in delivering outdoor adventure learning programs in an urban setting but lack the competencies in delivering eco-literacy and education for sustainability.