Sustainable practices in outdoor education.

Ms Robyn Fox1
1University Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia


This interactive presentation will explore sustainable practices in outdoor education from past, to present and looking into the future. We will look at how those practices have evolved from the 1970s concepts of ‘leave no trace’, ‘minimal impact’, ‘walk softly’ and ‘tread lightly’(Parkin 2001), to the more recent innovations such as growing food, measuring and monitoring resource use (water, power etc), collection and carrying out of all waste products, running trips locally and restrictions in numbers- permit systems. We will then consider how sustainable practices can be embedded into all aspects of program planning, facilitation and evaluation. I propose to look at the benefits and challenges of more fully incorporating sustainability education approaches and practices in outdoor education programs.

Robyn Fox has been working in the field of Outdoor Education for 30 years. She started her career as a trainee at OEG and then went on to complete a BA ODE and Dip Ed at LaTrobe University. For the next fifteen years, she worked as a PE, ODE and classroom teacher in Thailand, Sudan, UAE and Angola. On returning to Australia Robyn has recently joined the University of the Sunshine Coast as an associate lecturer in Outdoor Environmental Studies. She is passionate about sustainability in the outdoors and loves everything to do with water.

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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