Outdoor education provides students with opportunities to develop personal and social skills, to become active, safe, and skilled in the outdoors, and to protect and care for the environment. The Lynfield College programme includes both outdoor pursuits and sustainability education. Outdoor activities foster students' personal and social development through experiences involving co-operation, problem solving, decision making, communication, leadership, responsibility, and reflection.
Students develop these skills in a range of outdoor settings that include biking, tramping and camping. Through the socio-ecological perspective, students will also investigate the importance of the outdoor environment and outdoor activities to the well-being of all New Zealanders. Issues such as kauri die-back and the management of this disease in the Waitakere Ranges National Park provide a local context with which to investigate social, cultural, scientific, technological, and economic influences on outdoor activities, on the environment, and on how the environment is used.