OV's Annual Education Outdoors Conference

The Education Outdoor Conference is a major annual event that provides professional learning for teachers, educators and students within the Outdoor Education sector.

Education Outdoors Conference 2018

Your Future in the Outdoors

In 2018 our Education Outdoors Conference we’ll be focussing on future career pathways for everyone in the outdoors sector. 

At a time when care for the environment is once again coming to the fore within the social consciousness, the need to reconnect with nature and natural spaces is becoming holistically important.

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Whilst acknowledging the many benefits of technology, the impact of society’s increased engagement with it has resulted in our disengagement from the natural world, causing negative effects on our general mental and physical wellbeing. People with the skills to connect others back to nature, in all sorts of meaningful ways, are increasingly becoming leaders and teachers of great value. The Education Outdoors Conference 2018: ‘Your future in the Outdoors’ Conference will be focussing on future careers and pathways such as career and workforce development; health and active living in the outdoors; skills and practical development; teaching & learning; Human-Nature; Adventure Safety & Risk, Early years & bush Kinders; Inclusion; Outdoor career and career development and sport science and the outdoors.The program will explore and inspire discussion about sustainable professional careers for our community and the positive impacts we can have across society.

Education Outdoors Conference 2017

Outdoor Learning: A Natural Connection

La Trobe University, Bendigo

Friday May 26 – Saturday May 27, 2017


Outdoor learning is a form of experiential education that focuses on guided, integrated learning in outdoor natural environments. It utilises the natural environment to impart personal and social knowledge, physical skills, and subject-specific knowledge across the full curriculum.

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Outdoor Learning has long been recognised for its diversity and ability to connect with many other areas. Join us to further unpack and strengthen these connections. This year’s theme aims to highlight the benefits of children’s experience in natural environments, including health through increased physical activity; wellbeing through enhancing social and intra-personal qualities and educational attainment through developing ‘characters’ of resilience and confidence. This year’s conference will not only showcase current Victorian “outdoor learning” programs, but will also provide national and international connections.

Education Outdoors Conference 2016

H2R: the Outdoors Catalyst

Happiness, Health and Resilience in Victoria’s Outdoors

Held at Federation University, Ballarat

Friday May 6- Saturday May 7, 2016

In 2016 we explored how outdoors engagement can help catalyse these outcomes for all participants.


Education Outdoors Conference 2015

Learn Life Outdoors


Camp Marysville

Friday, 22 May 2015  Sunday, 24 May 2015

Education Outdoors Conference 2014

“Growing a Community of Practice”

Somers School Camp

Sunday, 15 June 2014  Monday, 16 June 2014