Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre Safety Advisory Committee, 2010-2012
NZOIA Assessor, 2008-present
New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association member, 1987-present
NZAC member, 1987- present
Mark believes strongly in the importance of engaging with outdoor natural environments as part of healthy human development. He regards nature as a potent teacher. These views are not simply espoused, but lived in his own life. Engaging with nature in various challenging fashions is one way that he informs his teaching and furthers his own learning and development. The outdoors is a central pillar in Mark’s life and has shaped his worldview and research directions.He is also a parent and enjoys introducing his children and his students to new ways of engaging with the outdoors.
Outdoor pursuit teaching
Understanding parent and teacher responses to risk amplifying events
Crafting as means to connect with nature
The value of adventure
Current Research Projects:
The place of fire in New Zealand outdoor education
The practicability of foraging on long distance journeys
Wilderness journey outcomes for individuals
Jones, M. (2012, July). Adventure Pursuits: An axis for biomechanics, technique and technology. Speech presented at the 30th ISBS 2012 conference. ACU, Melbourne, Australia.
Jones, M. (Producer and Director). (2012). Salt and pepper hikoi. [Motion Picture]. Hokitika, New Zealand: New Zealand Hunting Books.
Jones, M. (2011) Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre Great Barrier Island coasteering programme review 2011. Commissioned by SEHOPC Trust, Auckland, New Zealand.
Jones, M. (2011). Less is more. NZOIA Quarterly(57) 3-6.
Jones, M. L. (2010) The influence of perceived risk on participation in outdoor education/recreation by pre-teen age children in New Zealand. (Master's Thesis, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/1450
Jones, M. (2010). Embracing risk. Speech presented at the KASK Sea kayaking symposium. Feb 26, Auckland, New Zealand.
Jones, M., Orams, M. B., Histen, S., Buch, T. (2010). The influence of perceived risk on participation in outdoor education/recreation by pre-teen age children in New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, Unpublished report to SPARC.
Costa-Scorse, B., Biggs, R., Jones, M., Hume, P. A. (2009). Outdoor First Aid Essentials - Course guidebook for instructors, and participant workbook 01 May 2009. Institute of Sport and Recreation Research New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland.
Costa-Scorse, B., Biggs, R., Jones, M., Hume, P. A. (2009). Outdoor First Aid Essentials - Instructors Answerguide for Participant Workbook 01 Oct 2009. Institute of Sport and Recreation New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology.
Jones, M. (2008). Outward Bound Hong Kong sea kayaking journey feasibility study. Commissioned by OBHK, Sai Kung, Hong Kong.
Jones, M. (2008). The Adventure Philosophy Journeys. A speech presented at the Queensland Kayaking symposium. Currumban, Queensland.
Charles, G., Jones, M., Waters, M. (2007). Unclaimed coast: The first kayak journey around Shackleton's South Georgia. Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin Group.
Jones, M. (2007). Minimum equipment, maximum experience. A paper presented to The Outward Bound International Symposium. 23-27 Oct, Anikiwa, New Zealand.
Jones, M. (2006). The issue of adventure in New Zealand outdoor education. Speech presented at the Outdoors New Zealand national forum. Wellington, New Zealand.
Charles, G., Jones, M., Waters. M. (2004). Frozen Coast: Sea kayaking the Antarctic Peninsula. Nelson. New Zealand: Craig Potton Publishing.
Jones, M. (2004/2005). Disconnections between outdoor programmes and education principles. Out and About(13): 29-32.
Jones, M. (2002). Can we still ethically adventure in New Zealand? Paper presented to Risk 2002 Conference. SEHOPC, Tawhitikuri, New Zealand.
Barker, M., Jones, M. (2002). Breaking rope myths. Paper presented to Risk 2002 Conference. SEHOPC, Tawhitikuri, New Zealand.
Jones, M. and Rowe, S. (1998). Ara matuaranga in the vertical: Teaching lead-climbing. Proceedings of Ara Matauranga Pathway to Learning 3rd National Outdoor Education Conference. Auckland College of Education, Epsom, New Zealand.
2006 Senior Research Award, Sch. Sport and Recreation, AUT
2004 Emerging Research Team Award, Co-awarded Outdoor Stream, School Sport and Recreation, AUT
2004 New Investigator Award, Sch. Sport and Recreation, AUT
2004 NZOIA Tall Totara Award for Excellence in Outdoor Instruction
2003 New Investigator Award, Sch. Sport and Recreation, AUT
2002 SPARC Supreme Award for Contributions to Outdoor Recreation