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Outdoor Education

CDETB Outdoor Education Support Service

The CDETB Outdoor Education Programme dates from 1973 and is historically linked to the CDU. The programme involves bringing students into the countryside – mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and sea – and using the outdoors as an environment for learning. In practice this is achieved through one day outings and two day expeditions.


  • To develop an active and creative awareness of the amenities of the Irish countryside by introducing people of all ages into various outdoor adventurous activities – hill walking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, orienteering, environmental field trips, outdoor team building, etc.
  • To further develop the skills of those who already have experience and to encourage their independent involvement in the activities.
  • To develop a sustainable and lifelong interest in the outdoors.
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of the Irish countryside and in particular the flora and fauna of the areas we operate in.
  • To assist in the training of teachers as leaders so that schools and centres may be in a position to develop their own programmes.

Contact: ronan.lenihan@cdu.cdetb.ie

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