Dr. Leo McAvoy keynote at AORE 2009

Dr. McAvoy spoke about three trends in the field of outdoor education.  These trends are:

  1. The populations that we are receiving (in our programs) suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder.
  2. There is a professionalization of the outdoor leader (Academic degrees, certifications…).
  3. There is an increase of pressure on leaders to protect participants from all harm, leading to a water-down adventure experience. 

What do you think about these trends?