2021 National Outdoor Education Conference

2021 National Outdoor Education Conference

 Expanding Horizons: Looking up and out






Outdoor Education Australia
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2021 National Outdoor Education Conference

New dates following COVID-19 postponement from September 2020

Outdoor Education Australia‘s biennial 2021 National Outdoor Education Conference (NOEC) will be held at the Fairmont Resort at Leura in the spectacular Blue Mountains, less than two hours from Sydney.

The theme of the 2021 NOEC conference is Expanding Our Horizons: Looking Up and Out

Outdoor education seeks to engage participants in a growth mindset, utilizing the outdoors as the vehicle to promote learning. The 2020 National Outdoor Education Conference challenges delegates to maintain a growth mindset in their work as outdoor educators. It is important that we acknowledge and commend the high quality of outdoor education programs throughout Australia. Many of these programs challenge participants to move beyond the familiar to extend their comfort zone. Delegates will be invited to poke their head up from their day-to-day professional work, to look up and out and expand their horizon.

There will also be a number of social functions to catch up with interstate colleagues and meet delegates attending the conference for the first time.

MC: Mark Collard
We are extremely pleased to announce Mark Collard as the Master of Ceremonies at NOEC 2020″

Conference Streams

The four streams and their presentation topics are as follows:

Stream 1: Are you ready?
Presentations related to our preparedness educate in a complex and dynamic environment:
• Standards, practice policies procedures
• Research, evaluation and assessment,
• Mental health issues
• Risk Management

Stream 2: Conversations at the edge
Presentations related to contemporary issues:
• Challenging the dominant narrative
• Justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity (JEDI)
• Cross fertilisation, collaboration and synergies

Stream 3: Learning in the outdoors – beyond 2020
Presentations which dare us to be different:
• Sharing practice (hands on workshops are especially encouraged)
• Innovations and leading edge ideas to address future trends
• Program design, delivery and outcomes
• Pedagogy and curriculum
• Play

Stream 4: Human-Nature interactions
Presentations related to:
• Place-based education
• Indigenous knowledge systems
• Environmental education
• Sustainability

Who should attend?
  • Teachers and educators from the outdoor, sustainability and nature/outdoor play sector
  • Outdoor recreation instructors
  • Commercial operators
  • Tourism guides
  • Nature therapy practitioners
  • Students
  • Commercial operators
  • Government officials e.g. sport, health, education, tourism and environment/ planning
  • Active recreation associations
  • Advocates for the outdoor industry
  • Practitioners of Outdoor and/or Nature Therapy
  • Advocates of Nature and/or Outdoor Play
  • Sustainability Educators
MC, Mark Collard


Fairmont Resort & Spa
1 Sublime Point Road
Leura NSW 2780
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For more info go to the NOEC website: https://outdooreducationaustralia.org.au/events-overview/noec-2020/

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