Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

Statement of Purpose

The Coalition for Education in the Outdoors is an international non-profit network of outdoor education scholars who share a mission – the support and furtherance of critically examined research that serves the goals (education “in, for and about” the outdoors) of outdoor education. The Coalition has conducted a biennial research symposium and published Research in Outdoor Education (a peer-reviewed journal) for the past 25 years to encourage and communicate research, theory and critical thought in all endeavors that address outdoor education including conservation, environmental, experiential, adventure and sustainability education and environmental interpretation. In addition to original research papers, book reviews, critical essays, and research updates are considered for publication.

Coalition History

The Coalition was established in 1987 at the State University of New York at Cortland by a group of outdoor educators from around the country. Founders believed the Coalition would fill a need in the outdoor education community for an organization that "would unite outdoor associations, institutions, businesses, and agencies to better serve both professionals and consumers in the outdoors."



Research in Outdoor Education

Research in Outdoor Education Journal

Fourteenth Biennial Research Symposium

Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

From January 12-14, 2018, an international research symposium will be held at the Bradford Woods Campus of Indiana University near Martinsville, Indiana, a short drive from the Indianapolis Airport. The purpose of this gathering is to advance the empirical, conceptual, and theoretical bases of outdoor education. 

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