Welcome to ER Outdoors

We are passionate about experiential learning and about helping people feel connected to the world around them


We run a variety of courses for outdoor providers including occasional free 2-hour workshops for the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) and the Mountain Training Association (MTA). A brief summary of our courses is provided below. For more information please explore the 'Courses' drop down menu in the panel above.

This is a two-day course designed and accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning and aimed at introducing the main aspects of facilitation to trainees and new instructors.  Especially useful for those applying for the IOL's Registered Practitioner Award.  Recognised as Continuous Professional Development for members of the Mountain Training Association.  £120 per person.

This brand new one-day course has been developed in response to demand.  It covers the main factors that need to be considered when designing outdoor experiential learning experiences and also looks at facilitation of more complex learning. Suitable for applicants for the IOL's Accredited Practitioner Award or those at a similar level.  £50 per person

This is a one-day course designed specifically for outdoor providers by Natural Resources Wales, ER Outdoors, and Nature's Work to help providers foster their clients' feelings of connection with the environment and their wish to care for the world around them.  Recognised as CPD by the Mountain Training Association and the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.  £50 per person (£30 for students and members of IOL, MTA, SWOAPG, the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group and the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group).

These last 2 hours and are aimed at helping providers apply the theory behind good outdoor learning to their practice.  Topics include 'Reflective Practice', 'Managing Challenging Behaviour' 'Developing a Facilitation Mind-Set' and 'Using the OEAP Environmental Learning Cards' (these cards were created by a number of authors (including Lun Roberts of ER Outdoors) for the Outdoor Education Advisors' Panel and are published by Harvey Maps).   We also offer bespoke training courses which can be tailored to your organisation's needs.  Please feel free to contact us to discuss these without obligation.

Fieldwork Support

Fieldwork Support We offer advice and support for teachers running Geography fieldwork courses in North Wales. We can tell you which accommodation options offer classroom facilities, where you can find an esker or an easily accessible river or the best sand dune transects to use... or anything else you need to know for your visit.  We can also tell you who to contact for permission to visit particular sites and answer all the other niggling little questions that make fieldwork trips so hard to organise from a distance. In addition, we can provide extra members of staff with the right qualifications for leading groups in the mountains if you need them and we can even design and deliver the whole trip for you if you prefer.

Other Courses and Events

We believe in life-long experiential learning and this year (2018/19) we are delighted to be able to make two such offerings in North Wales (for more information please explore the 'Other Courses and Events' drop-down menu in the panel above):

You are invited to travel back in time to December 15th 1925 and be an honoured guest at a house party at Marle Hall (near Llandudno Junction). Should you choose to accept this invitation you will take on a 1920's persona created with your interests and personality in mind, enjoy afternoon tea and a four course dinner, learn the Charleston, make discoveries about real events from that time, and attempt to bring a killer to justice. Bed and breakfast included.

Date: 13.00 February 16th to 12.00 February 17th 2019
Venue: Marle Hall Outdoor Education Centre LL31 9JA
Price: £150 per person (£290 for two people booking together)

Experiential learning requires us to reflect on our experiences in in order to learn from them and what better way to do this than by writing about them? This weekend course will be run by Paul Dodgson a writer, producer, composer and teacher who has written and produced extensively for the BBC. During this course you will investigate memory; look at ways of establishing style and tone; explore how to create a sense of time and place; and work at writing believable dialogue. Suitable for everyone from complete writing novices to experienced authors. Relive your adventures, share what you have learnt and have a lot of fun along the way. Includes accommodation and meals.

Date: 17.00 January 11th to 16.00 January 13th 2019
Venue: Arete Outdoor Education Centre, Llanrug LL55 4AP
Price: £190 (single room) £160 (shared room)

Follow us on:
Comments from course participants

'It was a brilliant course. I'm looking forward to putting the things I've learnt into practice'  James (March 2017)

'This course is just as important as doing your Single Pitch Award, probably more so' Ebbi (March 2017) 

'The course… allowed instructors of all levels to experiment with techniques in a safe environment.' Bettina, D of E Leader

'The group have a cohesiveness which wasn't there before the trip... and they're more enthusiastic about their subject too.' Mark, Geography Teacher

'Lun has a real talent for getting alongside each individual, helping them to identify and work towards their own learning objectives.' Heather, Management Training Consultant