Horwood Conference

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Horwood Conference will not take place in 2021.
Stay tuned for information about next year's event at which we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this conference!

Horwood Conference Outdoor Education

The Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference (aka The Horwood Conference) is an event organized by and for Canadian students studying outdoor and environmental education, health and physical education, outdoor recreation, adventure leadership, experience-based learning and/or related fields. It is hosted at Queen’s University each year and held over a weekend in February. Graduate, Undergraduate, B.Ed and College students from across Canada will meet at the Horwood Conference to present oral or poster contributions on various research topics related to outdoor education, as well as share games and learning activities, lead workshops, attend special invited lectures, and also meet with representatives from participating institutions that offer Bachelor of Education and graduate degrees with a focus on outdoor education. Students can choose to simply register as a conference participant or complete the presentation proposal form and attend as a conference presenter.

Registration Form and Conference Program – The Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference 2020

The Conference Organizing Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the February 2020 conference. Proposals for paper presentations, posters, workshops, or creative projects will be accepted up until the submission deadline of December 15, 2019. The theme of this year’s conference is Moved by Meaning—an open theme chosen specifically to encourage a wide range of submissions, diverse in both format and topics related to outdoor education.

The Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference is named in honour of Bert Horwood, retired Queen’s Professor whose work has had a significant impact on the areas of Outdoor and Experiential Education throughout North America.  Originally from the Ottawa Valley, this former high school science teacher gained provincial recognition for his innovative approaches to teaching and leadership within the school system.  An active presenter at professional events and contributor to many journals and books, Bert was appointed to Queen’s Faculty of Education in 1968 as one of its founding members and was promoted to full professor ten years later.  His research focused on aspects of students’ experiences in education.  These included students’ learning on canoe trips, the Walkabout Program, and Integrated Curriculum packages.


31 January -1 February 2020


SKHS Building at 28 Division Street

Queen’s University


Dr. Angela James, Government of Northwest Territories

Dr. John Telford, Camosun College


Hordwood Conference