Through outdoor we strengthen health, quality of life, well-being and growth

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How we create results together

As the Outdoor Capital, we are required to create value for all stakeholders and audiences. The Outdoor Institute has a crucial role in this ambition and will strengthen the ongoing development of Silkeborg as Denmark's Outdoor Capital.

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Knowledge sharing, a contributor to success

At the Outdoor Institute, we support the value creation of the outdoors in a wide range of health and well-being related areas. We create the optimal framework for knowledge sharing and embedding, so that outdoor can have a lasting impact on society as a whole.

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Initiatives which make a valuable impact

We believe in the increased integration of the outdoors into our everyday lives through improved well-being and welfare in society. We see this as creating social and environmental sustainability and balancing the use and protection of our unique natural environment.

Experience the Outdoor Capital of Denmark!

Visit the Wall of Initiatives
- from Euro'Meet 2022 in Silkeborg

This is how we realise Denmark's Outdoor Capital ...

... with use of outdoor in three main areas: Wellfare, Knowledge & Growth, and Leisure & Nature

Read more about the three focus areas
and the unique Silkeborg model


Initiatives and knowledge sharing

Case Competition

Different proposals for an international marketing strategy for Denmark’s Outdoor Capital were pitched. Read about strategies to raise awareness of Denmark’s Outdoor Capital beyond the country’s borders.

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Social workers and the use of outdoor

Can increased use of institutions’ outdoor spaces create a better working environment and better quality of work?

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Webinar: Outdoor sports and physical & mental health (is held)

Are you interested in or working with the connection between Outdoor Sports and Physical and Mental Health? Watch the recorded webinar! 🍃

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Outdoor Activities - People with diabilities in canoe©Adobe stock v/ Outdoor Institute

Tool bank for citizens with special needs

Can the development of a tool bank help facilitate access to nature for citizens with special needs.

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Welfare in Silkeborg Municipality

Under the focus area “Welfare” you will find the following seven initiatives:

Sharing and inspiration events, Tool bank for citizens with special needs, Youth contact, Nature recreation room, Residences with outdoor profile, Nature guide for day care and outdoor space.

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Knowledge & Growth in Silkeborg Municipality

Under the action area “Knowledge & Growth” you will find the following 5 initiatives:

Calculation of socio-economic effects, Inspirational events for local businesses, Outdoor Capital’s welcome function for commercial actors, Project “Outdoor space and working life” and Case Competition.

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Leisure & Nature in Silkeborg Municipality

Under the action area “Leisure & Nature” you will find the following 3 initiatives:

Virklund Model, Nature and Sustainability and Contribute to the realisation of the Outdoor Action Plan 2022 and 2023.

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Benefits of being in Nature

Broadly speaking, there are 4 different gifts to nature depending on who you are, where you grew up and what you are socialised to.”

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Talk about Nature & Health by Simon Høgsmark

Simon Høegmark from the University of South Denmark speak about his approach to promoting mental and physical health through a greater use of the outdoors in dedicated activity programs.

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