Resources and Strategies for Working With Children (and their families) in the Outdoors

Thursday 26th May
Session 1 
11.30am – 12:20pm
Room: TBA
Education & Outdoor Learning

This session will provide an overview of some of the resources which are available for those working with children and families in the outdoors, as well as some ideas on how to use them. Starting from babes-in-arms, moving into kinder age and then primary school, the workshop will offer the chance for practitioners to think about where the children they work with have come from and where they might be going to in their learning and development. The presenters will also discuss how to engage with and educate families in the importance of children connecting with nature in their lives and education.

happy person in the Outdoors with tree and mountain landscape in the background

Rose Major

Nature Kindergarten Facilitator, Outdoors Victoria

Rose heads up OV’s Nature Kindergarten Facilitator Project. Run jointly with not-for-profit networking and professional development group ECOLN, the project aims to support kinders and early childhood centres to move towards offering off-site outdoor learning programs such as a Beach, Bush or Nature Kinder.

Rose has worked as an early childhood teacher, a primary school teacher and a playgroup facilitator in both indoor and outdoor settings. She has been part of the not-for-profit network and professional learning group the Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network (ECOLN) since its inception in early 2014.

Rose grew up hiking and camping in the UK and re-discovered her love for the outdoors after moving to Australia 17 years ago. Rose has a passion for sharing her love of nature with young children and families and believes that fostering a love for the outdoors in young children is a necessary step to promoting sustainable thinking. She would like to acknowledge the influence of First People’s perspectives on deepening her understanding of what it means to live, work and play on another’s country.


happy person in the Outdoors with tree and mountain landscape in the background

Luke Parker

Education Advisor, Outdoors Victoria

Luke is OV’s very own advisor on all things Outdoor Education. He also gets a lots of education-related behind the scenes stuff done. Luke  is a former teacher and is the current Education advisor for Outdoors Victoria for over 4 years where he works with numerous stakeholders including teaching organisations, Schools, and the Department of Education to encourage outdoor learning across the curriculum.

Luke is the founder of one of Western Victoria’s first Aerial (drones) & VR imaging companies with clients including Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Brothers Hollywood and the AFL to name a few. 

Luke enjoys playing AFL football for his local team, but has a particular fondness for Skiing, White Water Rafting and Rock Climbing in combination with many other adventure activities. He is currently working and studying in the United States and will be joining Rose virtually.