Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance
Improving resilience, learning and wellbeing among young people…
The Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA) is an Australian group looking at documenting the benefits of outdoor programs for young people. The Alliance was founded in 2009 with the aim of developing a long-term program of high quality research that evaluates the potential benefits of outdoor, camping and nature-based programs on the resilience, learning and wellbeing of young Australians.
The Alliance is hosted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and University of Oregon.The team includes representatives from the outdoor industry, the health research sector, government bodies, and non-profit community organisations.
OYPRA has developed a program of research that seeks to build on the Australian evidence of benefits to young people taking part in outdoor programs, as well as identifying the key ingredients of effective programs that might contribute to positive outcomes.