Where outdoor sports meet nature.
Implementing sustainability and environmental education into outdoor sports education.
During November 13th-15th, stakeholders from outdoor sports, education, environment and the EU political realm were invited to Munich for the final dissemination of the EU Erasmus + project – Sustainability and Environmental Education in Outdoor Sports (The SEE Project). After three years of hard work, we were delighted to come together with our European project partners to celebrate the completion of four impactful project reports, a European best-practices guide, and an Educational Toolkit.
The learning symposium was a great opportunity to bring together an international audience from both the outdoor sports sector and the environmental protection sector to share ideas, transfer knowledge and work on future collaborations. The intensive two-day program, allowed participants to dive deeper into identified key topics related to outdoor sports such as equipment and consumption, carbon footprints, nature connectedness, place attachment and much, much more. Participants were given hands-on experience with the Toolkit through several practical workshop sessions which included testing toolkit activities. The program also included inspirational talks from game changers in environmental activism, including athletes from Protect Our Winters and Patagonia.
General Manager Mark Torsius hosted two workshop sessions focusing on how IMBA Europe envisions the SEE Toolkit being implemented into the current European Mountain Biking Guiding and Instructing training courses. IMBA Europe’s vision is to see more people on bikes through sustainable mountain biking. Sustainability in mountain biking refers to more than just the trails we design, build and maintain, it is an approach to how we engage and interact with nature. Within this, it is important to educate mountain bikers about the possible impacts of mountain biking to nature, as well as forming a better understanding of the environments we recreate in.