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Motivations for outdoor experiences. Year 11 Outdoor Education Unit 1. Motivation. Driving force behind a person’s desire to do something. E.g. to be the first person to accomplish something. A desire to prove something. To set a record. To seek a feeling of independence. Questions.

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Motivations for outdoor experiences

Motivations for outdoor experiences.

Year 11 Outdoor Education

Unit 1.



  • Driving force behind a person’s desire to do something.

  • E.g. to be the first person to accomplish something.

  • A desire to prove something.

  • To set a record.

  • To seek a feeling of independence.



  • Write a brief outline of a personal outdoor experience.

  • List some motivational factors that influence you to participate in outdoor experiences.



  • Contemplation & reflection

  • Challenging oneself.

  • To seek adventure & explore the physical world is a fundamental part of human nature.



  • Not all = based around a desire to experience adventure.

  • E.g. bird watching.

Motivations for outdoor experiences

  • Others may view a particular motivation as self.

  • Only thinking of themselves & not their family & friends.

Human responses to nature

Human responses to nature.

  • Can invoke a range of responses

  • Feelings of awe & marvel to inspiration & exhilaration.

  • Responses are reactions to conditions & the challenges they present.

  • E.g. marveling at the view, breathing in the fresh air & smelling the fragrance of the forest.

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Human responses to nature

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Human responses to Nature

  • Aboriginal’s recoded their responses through sand paintings, rock art & stories.

  • Many Australians have painted, photographed, kept journals etc. of the Australian environment.

Human response to nature

Human Response to nature

  • Research:

  • 1. Select 10 images of natural environments.

  • 2. Associate a word or phrase with each image.

  • 3. Associate a feeling/response with each image.

  • 4. Select your favourite photograph.

  • 5. Describe the environment & explain why you have chosen this image as your favorite.

  • 6. If you were to visit this environment, what would you like to do there?

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Human responses to nature.

  • Difficult to find pristine natural environment.

  • They provide opportunities to interact with nature.

  • Take the time to sit & let your senses absorb everything around you.

  • Take the time to get to know your environment.

  • Take only photographs/memories home with you.

Media portrayals of nature

Media portrayals of nature.

  • Natural environments are portrayed in many ways.

  • They are based on the ideas of those presenting the images.

  • 5 Key visions.

  • Scientific, romantic, colonial, natural & ecological.

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Media Portrayals of nature.

  • Particular groups construct images to portray the message they want the public to receive.

  • Many of the images we see are created by media sources & are associated with advertising.

  • TV- “The Great Outdoors” & “Getaway” emphasize the excitement & challenge. Presenting glamorized descriptions of adventure.

  • Commodities that can be brought with time & money.

Advertising the great outdoors

Advertising & the Great outdoors

  • Promoters & advertising campaigns use images of the outdoors to sell their products.

  • Can create fashion trends by identifying their product with a particular sector of society. E.g., solo. Often the participants are portrayed engaged in thrill-seeking activities.

Motivations for outdoor experiences

  • These images - promote adventure amongst a cross-section of society, & promote the purchase & consumption of products.

  • News & current affairs programs – responsible for inaccurate images of the outdoors.

  • Misinformed & sensationalised reports of misadventure are shown because they will boost ratings. – public curiosity.

Motivations for outdoor experiences

  • Images can serve to educate & inform those with an interest in such pursuits & encourage new adventures.

  • Words “Death Sentence” appeal to experienced climbers but not novice rock climbers. Words can encourage or discourage.

Motivations for outdoor experiences

  • Describing a place – writing: songs, poetry, journals, letters. Painting, photography & story telling.

  • Aboriginals- Art & body painting, dreamtime.

  • Early Europeans: Journals.

Key concepts

Key concepts.

  • Images of outdoor environments & experiences have changed over time.

  • Images are often used to portray a particular perspective.

Motivations for outdoor experiences

  • Popular Images of natural environments, particularly of beautiful, remote & striking scenery, encourage people to visit such places through outdoor recreation & tourism.

  • Aust have shifted towards the Australian environment.

  • Earlier it was seen to be important to replicate a European landscape.

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