Through outdoor we strengthen health, quality of life, well-being and growth
What we do - and how we would like to help
We are an outdoor development and knowledge center that advises, guides and supports all those concerned with implementing the use of nature in their respective settings.
Silkeborg, The Outdoor Capital of Denmark
We believe in the increased integration of the outdoors into our everyday lives through improved well-being and welfare in society.
The sustainability approach in Silkeborg
We see this as creating social and environmental sustainability and balancing the use and protection of our unique natural environment.
Meet Outdoor Institute at ISPO in the Sustainability Hub
Let us talk about benefits of outdoor, sustainability and how you city should be an Outdoor City.
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.
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.
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.
This is how we realize the Outdoor Capital of Denmark
... 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
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.
Can increased use of institutions’ outdoor spaces create a better working environment and better quality of work?
Are you interested in or working with the connection between Outdoor Sports and Physical and Mental Health? Watch the recorded webinar! 🍃
Can the development of a tool bank help facilitate access to nature for citizens with special needs.
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.
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.
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.
Broadly speaking, there are 4 different gifts to nature depending on who you are, where you grew up and what you are socialised to.”
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.