- Outdoor Education Australia’s (OEA) Digital Library
- Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors (SGEO) For teachers
- Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System (UPLOADS)
- Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA)
- Institute for Outdoor Learning
- Commission for Children & Young people- Reportable Conduct Scheme – FOR ORGANISATIONS
From bush kinders to educational and networking opportunities for the outdoor learning sector
OV advocates and supports outdoor learning as an important method of teaching, from the early years right through to tertiary level. We have been involved in specifically supporting teachers running year 11 & 12 VCE outdoor education and environmental studies, as well as university & TAFE professionals.
Through the work of a dedicated staff member, David Hagel, as well as our Chair, Mark Dingle, and fellow Board Member, Steve Mc Murtrie, we are guiding efforts to improve and enhance the safety and regulatory environment associated with outdoor learning through our work on the Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors (SGEO), for the Department of Education and Training.
We’re also a part of the supporting team of research initiatives, such as Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA) which is an Australian group looking at documenting the benefits of outdoor programs for young people.
Additionally we support The UPLOADS Project. The information produced by UPLOADS will support organisations and the sector in future injury prevention activities, with the potential long term benefit being a reduction in injuries and a safer outdoor recreation sector for all.
Our major annual event in late May, provides professional learning for teachers, educators, students and outdoor providers within the outdoor education sector. Over the past 6 years the conference has been hosted across the state, including 3 major universities. With over 300 attendees, 50 presenters and 25 exhibitors. It’s the perfect chance to advance your PD whilst networking with colleagues and catching up with old friends.
Check out the video above from our latest conference 2018!
Careers in the Outdoors Day
We will be working closely with a team of outdoor leaders, representing occupations right across the sector, to offer students an even more exciting day in 2019.
Coming soon, a dedicated page of tertiary courses available.
Nature Stewards Program
The Nature Stewards program aims to develop the environmental literacy, participation, and stewardship of communities across the state.
The program involves an introductory 10-week training course focussed on local ecosystems and environmental management; support for volunteering in local parks or natural areas with agencies or community environmental groups; and continuing ecological learning.
This initiative is significantly funded by DELWP as part of their biodiversity 2037 plan. Other partners are City of Melbourne & City of Melton
Risk Benefit Approach to the Outdoors
OV will be opening up a dialogue with relevant businesses and organisations in the insurance, health and education areas to advocate for the ‘Risk Benefit’ approach to active outdoor activities.
Bush Play and Kinders in Victoria
There’s a lot of fantastic work being done in this space across the world. Check out these leading organisations in Victoria, who we are working with. They are at the forefront of the movement to connect pre-schoolers to nature.