Thanks to our the following organisations for supporting the
2020 National Outdoor Education Conference!


Wilderness Equipment has been a leading supplier to the outdoor education sector for most of our 43 year history. WE is dedicated to making equipment that specifically meets the needs of outdoor education programmes. We have worked closely with the users; teachers, field assistants and gear store managers to reach this goal, and we will continue to do so. More importantly, however, is our belief in the value of Outdoor Education. Our decision to help out was not difficult. We are very pleased to participate as the Gold Sponsor for NOEC 2020. As a small family company, begun in 1977, the outdoors has been our life. It remains the source of both the energy and inspiration needed to do what we do: to create and build products we not only have complete confidence in but which we are also proud to use for our own adventures. We understand the essential role outdoor education plays in helping all young people find their sense of place in this world, and we wish Australian Outdoor Educators every success in this important mission.


playmeo is a small professional development company that helps people Connect.

We offer innovative training workshops, best-selling books & resources and tailored coaching plans to help outdoor educators learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that make a difference.

playmeo is probably best known for developing the largest online database of group games & activities in the world. The database currently features 400+ ice-breakers, energisers, trust exercises and problem-solving activities, all with step-by-step instructions, video tutorials, variations and reflection ideas. Most users access this data via playmeo’s free Group Games App (iOS and Android.)

Founding director Mark Collard has carved a career spanning more than 30 years in the adventure programming field. He has written five best-selling books – including No Props No Problem and Serious Fun – and is actively engaged as an experiential trainer and keynote speaker all over the world.


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.

The Outdoor Education Group (OEG) is a for-purpose organisation, seeking to make learning outdoors accessible to all young Australians.
We help young Australians realise their personal best by using experiences in the outdoors as a vehicle for impact. We help them develop their sense of self and the core skills that will allow them to navigate their future and thrive. The Outdoor Education Group deliver engaging and outcome-focused outdoor activities for students from primary to senior school. We facilitate these activities through camps, journeys and fully-sequenced outdoor programs. OEG inspires students to grow, we help schools perform, and we allow parents to enjoy more mature, independent children.
From providing industry-leading pre-set courses to fully tailored, contextualised programs, we connect with schools across the country to bring education outdoors. Our ‘not for profit’ status is central to our work as it enables us to offer excellent value and invest in improving our participant’s experience in the outdoors. Founded in 1984, we employ 400+ diversely talented and experienced staff and even have our own accredited training academy. To date, we’ve educated and cared for 2 million students (and counting).


ONE PLANET produces world-class gear for the outdoor adventure market, with the range built on our philosophy: make it good, make it work, make it last.

We have more than 35 years’ experience manufacturing outdoor gear, including more than 25 years of industrial expertise. We’ve been working with outdoor educators and providers for decades, producing gear to keep young people safe and comfortable in the outdoors.

Our Outdoor Education specific equipment is made with passion and a keen attention to detail. Designed to be tough: it needs to be able to take whatever is thrown at it, day in, year out and to make life easy. Both in the field and in the gear shed; Kids find it simple to use; leaders find it easy to fit and organise.

The ONE PLANET factory and office is in Melbourne, where most of our gear is manufactured. It’s our base for servicing the industry, cleaning, repairing and refurbishing equipment and our expanding hire fleet.

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Paddle & Portage Canoes is proud to be Australia’s only importer of Wenonah Canoes, Current Designs Kayaks, and Key Logs from Key Log Rolling from the USA and now Silverbirch Canoes and Tootega Kayaks from the UK!

Our growing company is the realisation of a dream by its founder – Travis Frenay. He started paddling at a very young age and began his professional career in Outdoor Education in 2001 in his native USA. Since migrating to Australia in 2004 he has worked continuously in the Outdoor Education and training industry and is a professional paddling instructor. After 7 years of living in Australia and missing beautiful canoes he finally decided to try bringing some into Australia to see how they’d go. That was 2011 and, over the last 8 years, we’ve had the pleasure of introducing thousands of Australians to these fine brands.

If you’ve been paddling recently, chances are that you’ve seen one of our canoes or kayaks getting around. We can now say, with confidence that comes from nearly a decade of serious on-water testing, that our canoes and kayaks are perfectly-suited to Australian waters and are some of the finest boats available in the world.

Industry leader in education travel for 50 years, WorldStrides takes students around the globe on journeys built to have lifelong impact.

The travel focuses on educational excellence, so students make more genuine connections with the places they visit. WorldStrides programs address primary and secondary learning, the performing arts, snow and sports.

WorldStrides earns consistently high ratings for their proven safety record and best-in-business insurance coverage.

Equipped Outdoors supplies equipment direct into the outdoor education industry, government departments and emergency services. Outdoor clothing & uniform, technical roping gear, kit for multi-day expeditions or specialised equipment made to tender; our range is as broad as our client base. Our small team of experienced Outdoor Professionals love sharing our knowledge of outdoor equipment with like- minded equipment users. We are firm believers in the benefits of Outdoor Education and supporting those working in the industry.

Drop by our stand to say hi, ask for a copy of our price list or just to chat gear. Our range has been selected based on years of use and abuse and our long-standing relationships with clients across Australia keeps us up-to-date on what gear is working well in the field. Collaboration with a wide-range of brands and suppliers means we are always able to provide the right equipment, in the right volume at the right price.

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.

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