On behalf of the Organisation Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2020 National Outdoor Education Conference.

“Expanding Our Horizons: Looking Up and Out”

Outdoor education seeks to engage participants in a growth mindset, utilising 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.

Sub-themes | Strands for Concurrent Sessions:

Conversations at the edge

Presentations related to contemporary issues:

  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and inclusivity (JEDI)
  • Cross fertilization, collaboration and synergies
  • Challenging the dominant narrative

Are you ready?

Presentations related to our preparedness educate in a complex and dynamic environment:

  • Standards, practice policies procedures
  • Risk Management
  • Research, evaluation and assessment,
  • Mental health issues

Learning in the outdoors – beyond 2020 

Presentations which dare us to be different:

  • Innovations and leading edge ideas to address future trends
  • Sharing practice (hands on workshops are especially encouraged)
  • Program design, delivery and outcomes
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Play

Human-Nature interactions

Presentations related to:

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Environmental education
  • Sustainability
  • Place-based education

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts

Registration Opens
October 2019

Call for Abstracts CLOSES
November 2019

Program Online
February 2020

Early Bird Registration CLOSES
1 July 2020

National Outdoor Education Conference
28 September – 1 October 2020


To submit a presentation you will be asked to enter your email address and create a password. 

Once you have created an account you can submit abstracts. You can log back in to submit more abstracts and to register for the conference.

Contact Us

Please contact the team at Conference Design for all conference enquiries.


While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The committee will allocate presentations to the program taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.


Long Oral Presentation’s will be allocated 40 minutes, which will consist of 35 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for question time.


Express oral presentations will be allocated 20 minutes, which will consist of 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for question time.


Workshops will be allocated 90 minutes


An A0 portrait size poster that will be displayed for the duration of the Conference.

The abstract and a PDF of each accepted poster will be included on the conference website for delegates to view.

AO Poster Measurements

841 mm wide x 1189 mm high
33.1 inches wide x 46.8 inches high
Full guidelines for poster submissions can be found by clicking here


Submissions can be submitted via the presentation portal at the top right of this web page and are due by FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.

Authors will be notified of the status of their abstracts by JANUARY 2020.


The Program Committee will review all submitted abstracts.

As there are limited places for oral presentations some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered posters. Authors in these cases will be advised and asked to confirm whether they wish to present a Poster


All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

Conference Managers

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