Outdoor Education

A program that became reality by the cooperation of the following entities:

ADEA - Associação de Defesa e Educação Ambiental (Defense and Environmental Education Association)

Síntese - Learning Studies, Improvement and Development Center

Volta Velha Reserve


Two concomitant methodological processes will be applied in this project, Outdoor Education and the basic concepts of Operative Group theory and technique, which together with the Volta Velha Reserve database give the necessary consistency for this program:Rewrite whole thing. I can't even rewrite it. You mention "2 concomit.... and then go on and add theory and technique and then database. Unclear how all of this works. How does this really give consistency? Give it another shot and I'll rework. Or maybe what I write below serves just fine.

Working cooperatively with Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center, affiliated with Antioch University in The United States, Volta Velha redeveloped the outdoor education curriculum to be experientially based for each student and carried out through cooperative group activities.

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Volta Velha Reserve worked for 12 years in cooperation with Antioch University of the United States. One of his fields University in Yellow Springs, Oh, hosts the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center, which applies an outdoor education methodology for children and youth, consolidated for over 60 years and with great recognition for communities of that region. Some educational practices of the program were adapted and worked in Reserva Volta Velha, in a reinterpretation for our reality, having been applied for three years to more than 1,500 students. We describe below some of the main methodological pillars that are considered in this program:

  • The ideal age to work a behavior change is in early teenage years, which coincides with the standard age range of the seventh to ninth school year.
  • The experience in the forest can not be restricted to a simple visit, it must be an immersive experience, lasting a few days. That way, the subjects worked and the interpersonal relationships that were established can have an impact and environmental awareness can be understood in a permanent and lasting way.
  • Naturalists are dedicated full time to each group of students (up to 15 young people), providing work through operative attitudes, emphasizing each individual's reflections and experiences;.
  • The proposed themes are always related to practical actions aimed at the rational and sustainable use of the forest, water, energy, waste, effluents and consumption.
  • Knowledge is constructed reflectively, a task is proposed and questions start to be asked. The answers are formulated through experiments created by the group. The naturalist mediates the depth of the contents and proposes new reflections. For each theme there is a formal presentation of the contents discovered for all participants, feeding the knowledge and reframing the contents.

 Operative Groups

The Synthesis - Center for Studies, Improvement and Development of Learning acted in the methodological improvement of the Outdoor Education Program in the Volta Velha Reserve, introducing conceptual questions of the technique of operative groups, supported by the theory of social psychologist Enrique Pichon-Riviére. This technique aims at developing the capacity of teamwork, communication and personal interrelationships so necessary in a time of individualism. This view of human development believes that people are born with elementary psychological functions, much like those of other animals, but learns to be human in the community, from the interrelationships they establish with the groups with which they live and from the appropriations they make from an already built culture.

The combination of these two methodological processes, Outdoor Education and the basic concepts of Operative Group theory and technique give the methodological consistency to create a learning program based on respect for the physical, biological and historical-cultural environment.

Enrique Pichon-Riviére
Enrique Pichon-Riviére

The RVV Database

The Volta Velha Reserve has, over the last 35 years, created a body of physical and biological information that is very representative of coastal lowland forests. These data were produced by national and international research institutions and are available publicly. This fact highly qualifies the work of education, since in the places where the data were collected, it is presumed a large framework of specific information exists, and they can be fully accessed and used in the investigations performed by the students.



  • 4 PM - Arrival of participants and walk to the Center
  • 5 PM to 6 PM - Group background and formation
  • 6 PM to 7 PM - Organization of belongings in the accommodation and bath
  • 7 PM to 7:45 PM - Dinner
  • 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM - Night of Indigenous Legends
  • 9:30 PM - Snack and overnight


  • 7:30 AM to 8 AM - Meteorology group: data collection
  • 8 AM to 8:45 AM - Breakfast
  • 9 AM to 11:30 AM - Morning Trail
  • 11:30 AM to 12 PM - Meteorology group: data collection
  • 12 PM to 12:45 PM  - Lunch
  • 1:15 PM to 2 PM - Free time and trail preparation
  • 2 PM to 4:30PM - Afternoon trail
  • 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM - Bath
  • 5:30 PM to 6 PM - Awareness activities
  • 6 PM to 6:30 PM - Meteorology group: data collection
  • 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM - Dinner
  • 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM - Night trail and conversation wheel
  • 21:15 PM - Snack
  • 10 PM - Overnight.


  • 7:30 AM to 8 AM - Meteorology group: data collection
  • 8 AM to 8:45 AM - Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM to 9 AM - Cleaning group: arranges the cafeteria
  • 9 AM to 11:30 AM - Morning Trail
  • 12 PM to 12:45 PM - Lunch
  • 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM - Planting of seeds
  • 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM - Closure with the naturalist (evaluation)
  • 3 PM to 3:30 PM - Organization of belongings in the accommodation
  • 3:30 PM to 4 PM - General closing
  • 4 PM to 4:30 PM - Departure of students and teachers



For groups of 30 students or above

R$ 350,00

For groups under 30 students

R$ 396,00

Value includes:

  • 2 nights / 2 lunches / 2 dinners / 2 breakfasts / 2 evening snacks.
  • All programs developed by a general coordinator and a naturalist / 15 students: hiking, canoeing, recreational activities, use of the educator nursery and a visit to the sambaqui.
  • Individual insurance for each student and nurse on duty at night
  • 1 free accompanying person (teacher / parent) for every 15 paying students
  • Internal displacement in Volta Velha Reserve

Value does not include:

  • Transfer in / out - Reserva Volta Velha in Itapoá-SC

NOTE: Special prices for public schools - consult rates