A series of workshops are planned for the day before the start of the conference.

The workshops are an additional cost to the conference registration and you can book when registering.

The Art & Science of Building Connections: An Experiential Workshop

Presenter: Mark Collard – Playmeo
Cost:
$88.00
Venue: Fairmont Resort – specific room to be advised
Date: Monday 28th September 2020
Time: 12:30-15:30

The science is in: educational programs which intentionally develop trusting & healthy relationships out-perform all other programs on so many levels – greater participation, stronger communities & improved performance.

The structures and demands of today’s school curriculum have essentially squeezed the fun out of school. Academic rigour and results are paramount, so much so, that many educational endeavours which focus on fun are either misunderstood and delivered poorly, or frowned upon by administrators as a waste of time. Yet, as evidenced by innovative programs all over the world, a new approach to outdoor education demands that we take fun and social connectedness more seriously.
In recent years, research has clearly shown that having fun (playing) is as critical to the optimal development of a human being as sleep and nutrition. It is equally clear that all human growth and learning occurs outside one’s comfort zone, in the Stretch Zone, so to speak. Yet, the million dollar question is – how do we, as outdoor educators, invite participants to willingly step outside their comfort zones to try new things, develop their skills and grow? Mark’s simple answer, his most potent weapon to meet this challenge, is to have fun. But, in the words of Dr Suess – “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”

In this practical workshop session, Mark will present a series of fun group activities which explore & model the art & science of building connections. He will focus on the latest research which supports and encourages the intentional development of wellbeing as the central focus of outdoor programs. Developing & nourishing the wellbeing of young people is the future of education. You will be inspired to transform your existing programs to help your groups engage, interact and connect meaningfully with each other.

Moving Beyond the Talkfest: Advocating for Equity and Diversity in Outdoor Learning

Presenters: Tom Potter, Hoya Lynne Thomas, Son Truong, Teresa Socha, Glyn Thomas, Tonia Gray
Cost:
$55.00
Venue: Fairmont Resort – specific room to be advised
Date: Monday 28th September 2020
Time: 12:30-15:30

Outdoor educators generally pride themselves on challenge. This workshop unlocks a unique opportunity for us to challenge ourselves to move beyond talkfests, and together, develop individual and collective steps to advance equity and diversity in outdoor learning. While important research and initiatives in equity and diversity have informed the field, we have reached a point where unified action is essential. Based on this premise, we need to step outside our comfort zones and work together for real and lasting change in the outdoor profession. But, to accomplish this we need you.
Bringing together outdoor professionals with diverse perspectives, experiences and practices, we seek to facilitate an action-oriented process by creating a space for all voices to be heard. We aim to ask the profession to turn the microscope on itself and engage in a process of self-reflective practice to help effect change for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in outdoor education and learning. More importantly, we invite participants to share experiences, questions, and difficulties or successes – no matter how new or experienced you may be to discussions of EDI in outdoor learning – to join this conversation towards action. We seek to unpack the Aussie “Fair–go” aspiration and ask: Is it reality or mythology? Can it help us to find real transformative change?

While the workshop presenters have varied professional journeys and diverse viewpoints, we recognize that positive change is about mobilizing knowledge and being allies. By sharing our pivotal encounters we will explore our ongoing awakening to equity and diversity issues. Finally, through our collaborative efforts we will examine some successful strategies underway to advance our profession to a renewed level of reflection and action for equity and diversity. Redressing inequities and working together as a cohesive group will activate organisational and cultural change in the outdoor sector.

Outdoor Learning and Nature Play: Birth to 12 Years

Presenters: Sam Crosby, Griff Longley, Dr Amanda Lloyd and Maria Taylor
Cost:
$55.00
Venue: Fairmont Resort – specific room to be advised
Date: Monday 28th September 2020
Time: 12:30 – 15:30
Limited to: Strictly limited to 40 people, so get in quick!

This workshop will be completely interactive; storytelling, walkshop, nature mapping/ interpretive movement and then nature pedagogy inspired future thinking activities.

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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