SOA - Sustainable Outdoor Activities


Sustainable Outdoor Activities is an approach to introduce new and innovative teaching and learning methods by moving part of the learning process outside the classroom.

Study kits can be used for outdoor education in geology.

Study kits developed as part of the project combine environmental education and education for sustainable development with outdoor activities and outdoor education in subjects like geology, geography, environmental science, natural sciences, history and physical education. The study kits include learning materials, worksheets, texts, etc. which can be used by any school and teacher interested in outdoor education and can be adapted to be used in different environments. Each study kit contains information about the teaching subject, related topics and cross-curricular topics, level of education, age of the students, number of students, duration, place, author and school and language. The study kit gives an overview of the activity and a detailed description with instructions, and contains learning material and information about the tools used for the activity.

Basic information

Country: Iceland, Spain

Coordinator: Fjölbrautaskólinn við Ármúla,

Programme: Erasmus+

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Target groups: secondary school students

Topic: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Environmental sciences, Geography, Geology

Start year: 2014

End year: 2016


Contact person: Helmut Hinrichsen, Email helmut (at)

No information targeted for researchers is available at this moment.

Study kits:

  • Find fossils in your city: students search for fossils in stones used for pavement and buildings in the town of Ronda in Andalucia, Spain, using a map of the town and using their smartphones to take photos. The study kit can easily be adapted to other subjects, such as architecture, arts, flora etc.
  • Sea level and sea-level changes around Reykjavík: students cycle along the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland, and observe signs of erosion and former shorelines.
  • The many phases of water in and around hot springs: students hike in valleys around Hveragerði, Iceland, and observe geothermal areas. They make measurements of water at different temperatures, take photos and use all their senses, including those of smell, taste and sound, to describe the surrounding environment.
  • Hiking route in Genal Valley’s chestnuts: students go on a hike between the villages Parauta and Cartajima near Ronda in Andalucia, Spain, and find answers to questions related to the history of the villages and the environment.


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