The 2020 biennial National Outdoor Education Conference will be hosted by Outdoors NSW from 28 September – 1 October 2020 at the Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains, New South Wales.
“Expanding Our Horizons: Looking Up and Out”
You are invited to examine a broad range of contemporary practices and the vision underpinning the philosophical foundation of your work in the outdoors.
NOEC 2020 is an exciting opportunity to engage and critically reflect on the latest developments across a diverse range of aspects of the outdoor education spectrum. This includes: nature; risk, adventure; skill development; social and interpersonal development; local place-based education; curriculum innovation; environmental education; sustainability education; outdoor play and social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, to name but a few.
The Blue Mountains is an iconic and spectacular natural environment for interacting with the natural environment. The Fairmont Convention Centre in Leura offers both outstanding conference facilities, close to local village venues and with access to environments with world heritage value. This location allows the opportunity for a diverse range in our program; and for those with an adventurous spirit to explore the Blue Mountains and surrounding landscapes either prior to the event, or with our selection of post-conference activities.
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.
Further information will be released on this website when it becomes available.
PROFESSOR TONIA GRAY
Chair Australian Tertiary Outdoor Education Network
School of Education Western Sydney University
Sponsorship & Exhibition Bookings
Call for Abstracts
Early Bird Registration CLOSES
1 July 2020
National Outdoor Education Conference
28 September – 1 October 2020
Please contact the team at Conference Design for all conference enquiries.
- 03 6231 2999
- International +61 3 6231 2999
Western Sydney University’s School of Education prepares teachers and educators for 21st century schools, pre-schools and adult learning environments. The School understands that the future of education is based on effectively engaging students and teachers in challenging and relevant learning. Most importantly, the natural world and outdoor learning is foundational to the health and wellbeing of society, by promoting emotional resilience, physical literacy, creativity, mental acuity, teamwork and social capacity building.
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
- 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
We have an outstanding selection of Keynote Speakers joining us at the 2020 NOEC Conference in the Blue Mountains, with more to be announced as planning proceeds – For more information and to view full biographies click here.
TIM JARVIS AM
Master of Ceremonies
Mark Collard is an experiential trainer, speaker & author. As the founding director of playmeo, he is best known for developing the largest online database of experiential & adventure-based activities in the world. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, he has worked with tens of thousands of people using group games & activities to help them play, interact, build trust and connect. Mark is the author of five top-selling books, including No Props No Problem, Count Me In & Serious Fun. Personally, he has been hit by lightning twice, has spent more than 5 months of his life inside a plane crisscrossing the globe and camped on the lawns of Australia’s Parliament House for 3 days as part of a logging protest. He lives in Melbourne with his gorgeous wife and son.
Venue & Destination
We will be meeting you at the Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains is a rugged region west of Sydney in Australia’s New South Wales. Known for dramatic scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens. Katoomba, a major town in the area, borders Blue Mountains National Park and its bushwalking trails. Echo Point affords views of the storied Three Sisters sandstone rock formation.
Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains,
‘MGallery by Sofitel’
1 Sublime Point Road
Leura, New South Wales, 2780