Mountain Biking and Conservation Activity Biographies

Liz Charlton 

Liz is passionate about Outdoor Education at The Grange, in particular the ongoing conservation of the bushland and the incredible rich history of the heritage building.

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Importantly she exudes an ecological awareness of the great outdoors and leads many students to deepen their own understandings and spiritual connections to nature.
Liz has spent many years dangling students safely off cliffs and leading mountain bikes through forests whilst stopping to educate on bush tucker, little birds and the importance of our environment. She has taught Outdoor Education at Western Sydney University and is a mother of two teenagers herself.
Recently Liz was awarded Individual Landcare award for NSW as was nominated for NSW Environmental Educator of the Year 2019.

In her spare time, she can be found with her family mountain biking or backpacking, trekking through Nepal, or catching up on admin in The Grange office.

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Scott Manwaring

Scott graduated from UTS Kuring-gai with a degree in Leisure and Recreation. Scott joined The Grange team at Barker College in 2003 after many years working in the recreation industry at Stewart House, operating study tours for Insearch Language Centre, leading ten expeditions to developing countries for Antipodeans and tour guiding in the Blue Mountains.

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In 2016 he and Liz Charlton became the Joint Directors of The Grange. Scott manages the program and pastoral care matters of The Grange Middle School program and is based in northern Sydney, but travels to The Grange with each program.

In life before kids, he travelled extensively in North, Central and South America, SE Asia, and Europe and enjoyed many adventures abroad. More recent family adventures with his wife Tanya and their three daughters have included a big lap of Australia, a few visits to Tasmania (especially to Derby) and camping adventures closer to home. His passion is mountain biking and his highlights are riding the Cape to Cape MTB race in WA and riding the Old Ghost Road in New Zealand.

His riding experience and IMBA training as a trail builder enabled him to build a 6km trail network including a skills track, on the Grange property for the students to progressively develop their skills on. He is keen to share his experiences and passion for riding on these trails and in the Blue Mountains with NOEC delegates of all abilities.

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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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