Education Conference 2015

Learn Life Outdoors
Every year the Conference becomes a little bigger and a little better, providing an important opportunity for Outdoor Educators, teachers and students alike to come together. This years’ highly successful event was held in the glorious location of Camp Marysville. Despite some rather chilly mornings, the sun gods thankfully smiled down upon us over the 2 1/2 days. We were packed to the rafters, selling over 335 tickets, up from our 203 from the previous year. We hosted 53 speakers who offered up to 84 diverse presentations from lectures to active workshops. We were also thrilled to have Mark Collard as MC, as well as 3 wonderful Keynote speakers, Andrew Douch, Dr Paul Sinclair and Andrew Brookes.
We want to send out a BIG thank you to everyone who participated, from attendees to presenters to volunteers and of course our Sponsors!! You all helped make this years’ event the biggest and most successful yet.

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Links to 2015 Program

  The Education Outdoors “Learn Life Outdoors” program for 2015 was full of a wonderful variety of Keynote speakers, presenters, practical workshops and lectures. Download your copy of the full program. or visit the online schedule here sched logo
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Roo Davis from Wodonga Tafe was one of our wonderful presenters. If there was a prize for the best head shot in the OUTDOORS, I think Roo would win first prize! Thanks also for bringing a great bunch of students with you Roo.

A diverse group of 53  different presenters shared their wisdom and expertise with attendees this year. We thank you all for your contributions! View the full list of presenters on the SCHED program website.  

Mark Collard avatar.jpg.320x320pxMark, who is the Founder & Director, playmeo was our CONFERENCE MC and I don’t know what we would have done without him. He did a superb job of keeping it all together! Mark Collard is an experiential trainer, speaker and best-selling author of three books in the adventure programming field. He runs a professional development business called ‘playmeo’ which features the largest online database of group-based activities in the world.   A sought-after trainer and speaker, Mark is super passionate about helping outdoor educators design and deliver programs that are not only fun, but make a positive difference in the lives and performance of the groups they work with. Prior to developing his own enterprise, Mark established and operated the business of Project Adventure in Australia for 10 years. Over the course of the past 27 years, he has worked with tens of thousands of people all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. On a personal note, Mark has been struck by lightning twice, can’t back-up a car towing a trailer to save himself and has camped on the lawns of Australia’s Parliament House for three days (as part of a logging protest). Mark lives with his beautiful wife and son in Melbourne, Australia, and counts his time travelling and working with groups all over the world as some of the most rewarding and funnest times of his life!
  Dr John Quay form Melbourne Uni has provided us with the notes from his presentation:  What is outdoor education? Knowing, doing and being. Download here. You can also find this resource in our resource library Watch this space for further updates    

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Douch

Andrew Douch was one of our three Keynote Speakers and he had the audience enthralled with his inspiring presentation.

Dr Paul Sinclair

Paul’s inspiring presentation officially opened the conference and in such a poignant way.

Dr. Andrew Brookes

Andrew Brookes is known and admired by many in the Outdoor Education Community. His talk inspired some lively debate.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

ROSA schools
Federation University
Murrindindi Shire Council
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One Planet
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Outdoor Education Group
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Quest Skills for Life
Survive First Aid
World Challenge

Bronze Sponsors

Adventure developments
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Antipodeans Abroad
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Bayplay Adventure Tours
Canoeing Victoria
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Christian Venues
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Go Ride a Wave
Holmesglen at Eildon
La Trobe University
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Monash University
Yachting Victoria
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Of course being a non-profit organisation of 3 people you can imagine there is no way we could organise such an event without the assistance of our wonderful volunteers. First of all we’d like to thank all the students from Wodonga Tafe, La Trobe and Federation Uni. These girls and guys are always happy to muck in and do whatever is needed at any given moment. They also do it all with a big smile on their faces. A special thanks goes out to Geoff Adams from Fed Uni who did all the filming of the Keynotes (as well as organised the lanyards again). Stay tuned for the edited versions of the films to be uploaded shortly. Last but not least is the work of the Education Committee, and most importantly the sub-committee, Steve McMurtrie (ROSA), Michael Cox (Rubicon Education Outdoors) & Colin Abbott (many of you will know from VOEA days), who were specifically in charge of the event. Thanks for all your hard work guys.

Education Conference sub-committee

Steve McMurtrie
steve-Mc-Murtrie Steve volunteered so much time again this year. His knowledge of the community and understanding of what is needed to make a successful conference is invaluable. Thanks for everything Steve.
Michael Cox
michael coxavatar.jpg.320x320px Michael was our go-to logistics man in Marysville, measuring, and liaising between the country and city folk. Thanks for all your help Coxy.
Colin Abbott
colin abbottavatar.jpg.320x320px Colin ran around all weekend, guiding the volunteers, plugging things in here and sticking things up there. All that as well as offering a couple of presentations. Thanks Colin