The largest annual outdoor education conference in Australia
The Outdoors Victoria Conference is a major annual event that provides professional learning for outdoor practitioners, teachers, educators and students within the Outdoor Education sector.
Our most recent annual Conference in 2023, held at the Lilydale Lakeside and Events Centre (Box Hill Campus), was the largest ever Victorian Outdoors sector conference, with a sold-out event attracting over 350 attendees across both days and a diverse exhibitor space.
In the past few editions of the Outdoors Victoria Conference, over 30+ professional development sessions have been delivered in the following streams:
- Education and Outdoor Learning
- Health and Wellbeing
- Camps and Outdoor Providers
- Nature and Climate
The Brian Nettleton Lecture
The Brian Nettleton Lecture was introduced by Outdoors Victoria in 2018 at the “Your Future in the Outdoors” Conference, held at Victoria University, in honour of Dr Brian Nettleton, who passed away in 2017.
Brian was a pioneer of Outdoor Education and place-based experiences in Australia. His active engagement in the field had a remarkable influence on the journey of Outdoor Education in Victoria and inspired and supported many Outdoor Education professionals who have continued to think, teach and write in ways he helped establish.
A speech, delivered by John Quay from Melbourne University & Brian’s daughter, Lisa O’Leary, was a moving tribute and the birth of the “Brian Nettleton Keynote Lecture”.
Since then, the Outdoors Victoria Conference has featured a keynote speech by an outstanding individual who shares Brian’s values and passionate working contribution to outdoor and environmental education in Australia.