The Field Studies Council – which runs Orielton Field Centre near Pembroke – has held a 70th anniversary celebration event in Westminster which was hosted by Simon Hart MP.
Mr Hart has a long-standing interest in learning outside the classroom which stems from his time as Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance.
He was delighted to host the reception in the Palace of Westminster which was attended by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
"Outdoor learning has long been a passion of mine ," said Mr Hart. "The best memories that most of us have of our school days is of the time we spent outside the classroom; whether on geography field trips, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions or at Forest School.
"I was delighted to help the Field Studies Council celebrate 70 years of inspiring young people and will continue to support their work, both here in Pembrokeshire and further afield."
To mark their anniversary, Mr Gove launched the publication of Reaching into the Outside, a report which set out the future priorities of Outdoor Learning.
Professor Tim Burt, FSC's Chairman said "Our research shows that residential experiences can have profound and positive impacts on knowledge, attitude, motivation and general well-being for young people.
"Yet even in this age of mass transport an overnight stay with the FSC will be the first time that many teenagers have slept away from home or made lunch for themselves.
"It is a problem for the health and wealth of our society if only a few can benefit. The 21st Century challenge we are setting for ourselves is to make sure that all young people can have these potentially life changing opportunities."
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