Nature Play and Outdoor Learning National Forum

Presented by: Sam Crosby (Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, NSW), Dr Amanda Lloyd (Outdoor Connections Australia/ Outdoors NSW), Griffith Longley (Nature Play WA/ Australia) and Maria Taylor (Nature Play SA)

The Nature Play and Outdoor Learning National Forum is being collaboratively hosted by four of Australia’s well-known and respected leaders in the early years and primary outdoors field. Offering diverse background and skills, the facilitators will combine their experiences to provide an interactive, forward thinking and naturally inspired forum aimed at: early childhood educators, primary teachers, community nature play facilitators and others interested in the outdoors from birth to 12 years.


The Nature Play and Outdoor Learning National Forum is the inaugural opportunity for the broad early years and primary outdoor sector to join together in a unified approach: to learn from others, find common ground and plan future directions in the promotion of the outdoors for children.

The Forum will be a unique networking opportunity bringing together people from all over Australia. While the early years and primary outdoor sector is proactive in reaching out to others, the Forum is the chance to meet in person, and engage in the key themes for the sector as we celebrate success and think towards the future.

The Forum will cover the main themes of:

  • Environmental connection, belonging and conservation.
  • Health and wellbeing; including physical literacy, fundamental and gross motor development and mental wellbeing.
  • Educational development; including curriculum, skills and knowledge
  • The activation of public green spaces for outdoor play, tourism and facilitated experiences.

The Forum will be interactive, outdoors and engaging, utilising pedagogy and methods from natural immersive outdoor learning. There will be discussion, storytelling, interactive activities and future thinking activities. The culmination of the event will be a renewed sense of joint advocacy for the nature play and outdoor learning sector. We aim to jointly construct ideas that strengthen and energise the sector thinking towards 2030, as the nature play and outdoor learning sector continues to grow.

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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