Introducing Our Foundation Partners

OEA gratefully acknowledges our Foundation Partners  — Wilderness Equipment and Rays — who have joined us in a two year partnership to advance outdoor education in Australia.

And Welcome to our OEA Supporters

We are also highly appreciative of OEA Supporter, World Challenge and Macpac who have joined us for the same time frame with the aim of furthering outdoor education.

OEA is an NFP that represents and supports thousands of practising outdoor educators, teachers and organisations across Australia. We do this through volunteer staff and a modest self-funding operating budget that is boosted by sponsorship of our biennial conference.

In recent years OEA has recognised we need to do more to:

  • expand and reinforce the importance of outdoor education
  • foster the outdoor education community in Australia
  • engage digitally with our members.
  • To that end, we have launched this website, a Facebook page and other initiatives and have been fortunate to welcome onboard some fantastic like-minded partners who support us in our endeavours. It is with gratitude that we thank our Foundation Sponsors. Though this partnership arrangement these organisations will be profiled on our website and Facebook page and at NOEC. Additionally they will provide an offer sent to our members via an EDM once a year.

    We encourage you to get behind these companies and their association with us.

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    Wilderness Equipment is very pleased to participate as a Foundation Partner with OEA in this exciting initiative. For sure we appreciate this opportunity to present our products directly to an important market segment, but we are also firm believers in the value of outdoor education.

    As a small family company, begun in 1977, the outdoors has been our life. It remains the source of both the energy and inspiration needed to do what we do: to create and build products we not only have complete confidence in but which we are also proud to use for our own adventures. We understand the essential role outdoor education plays in helping all young people find their sense of place in this world.  We wish Outdoor Education Australia every success in its important mission to build the high profile and recognition that outdoor ed should have in Australian secondary education.  Ian Maley, Founder 

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    Many of you will know Ray’s Outdoors, but right now we’re undergoing a makeover – including shortening our name to RAYS.

    RAYS’ goal is to inspire Australians to get out and experience the country that others travel halfway around the world to see. We’re committed to providing not only great products at competitive prices, but reliable and insightful advice, hacks and tips to make every experience the best one possible. Whether it’s RAYS inspiring individuals to get out there or OEA supporting educators to teach people outdoor and life skills, both organisations share a common vision…which is why this Foundation Partnership is a natural fit. RAYS looks forward to helping OEA to enable more Australians off the couch and into the bush, onto the beach or up a mountain!   Rory Scott, Super Retail Group

    As a large organisation World Challenge feels we have a responsibility to offer support to the outdoor community. In particular it’s about people, especially those who work in the field, often on their own and for extended periods. Our support of the OEA is motivated by a need to nurture and value the people who make the magic happen out there. Mark Walters, World Challenge

    Macpac has a proud history of innovation – designing cutting-edge gear that accompanies explorers all around the world. We’re all about getting people into the outdoors, and for over 40 years we’ve been privileged to get behind outdoor educators, guides and professionals as they inspire adventure through fitness, education and recreation.Macpac smallestWe’re excited to continue supporting Outdoor Education Australia through exclusive discounts, education-specific products and wholesale rates for school purchases through our dedicated Australian team. Chris Detmar, Macpac