Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April 2016, University of Sunshine Coast, QLD

Outdoor Education Australia‘s biennial National Outdoor Education Conference (NOEC) held on Queensland’s spectacular Sunshine Coast was SOLD OUT! Thank you for your patronage.

With the theme of Innovate – Educate – Celebrate and a major emphasis on outdoor experiential learning, it was a cracking event.

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PROGRAM OUTLINE for the 2016 event is below and a PDF version is HERE if you want to get an idea of the scope of our national conference.


3.00 — 8.30 pm (click to show program)

3.00 pm Registration. (Bus leaves Currimundi  for USC at 2.45 pm)
4.00 pm Conference opening – James McIntosh, OEA Chairperson
Welcome to country
Welcome to USC: Vice Chancellor – Professor Greg Hill
5.30 pm Keynote: Tim Low – Biologist, Author, and Environmental Consultant
Innovations in nature – learning from the best
6.30 pm Welcome drinks and casual dinner
Live music: local Sunshine Coast talent
8.30 pm Conclude. (Bus leaves USC Carpark 5 for Currimundi at 8.45 pm)

9.00 am — 9.00 pm (click to show program)

8.00 am Registration (Bus leaves Currimundi at 7.45 am)
9.00 am Day 2 Welcome, Admin
9.30 am Keynote #1: Simon Beames, Edinburgh University, Scotland
Innovations in OE curriculum and pedagogy
10.30 am Morning tea
11.00 am Concurrent Session I
11.45 am Concurrent Session II
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm State Meetings: A chance to meet up with your colleagues
2.15 pm Concurrent Session III
3.00 pm Afternoon tea
3.30 pm Field Trip Briefings
4.15 pm Optional Special Interest Groups. Suggested possibilities: National Curriculum Update; Journal of Outdoor Environmental Education updates; Tips on getting your research published; DoE updates.
5.00 pm Conclude. (Bus leaves USC Carpark 5 at 5.30 pm)
7.30 pm Tables of 8 at selected local Sunshine Coast Restaurants. Informal dinners hosted by local outdoor educators. Organise your own group, restaurant and transport

7.30 am — 10.30 pm (click to show program)

7.15 am Bus leaves Currimundi for USC
7.30 am Meet at USC Carpark 5 for Prac Day Field Trips
Collect packed lunches and equipment if applicable. Board your bus, hand in your completed medical and waiver form.
8.00 am Depart for Field Trips
4.45 pm Regroup at USC
5.00 pm Bus leaves USC Carpark 5 for Currimundi
6.00 pm Conference drinks & dinner at Mooloolaba Surf Club. Mooloolaba Surf Club is on the corner of Mooloolaba Esplanade and River Esplanade, Mooloolaba. There is a carpark behind the Surf Club on Parklyn Parade. (Bus leaves Currimundi for Surf Club at 6.00 pm)
10.30 pm First bus leaves Mooloolaba Surf Club for Currimundi
11.45 pm Last bus leaves Mooloolaba Surf Club for Currimundi

9.00 am — 3.30 pm (click to show program)

8.00 am Registration Open. Bus departs Currimundi for USC
9.00 am Day 4 Welcome, Admin
9.30 am Concurrent Session IV
10.15 am Concurrent Session V
11.00 am Morning Tea
11.30 am Keynote #3: Mark McCrindle – Social Researcher, McCrindle Research

Education in the 21st Century

12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Closing Session: Q&A – Outdoor Education Style – chaired by Peter McKenna
2.30 pm Conclusion.
3.00 pm Afternoon tea
3.30 pm UPLOADS Session.

Bus departs USC Carpark 5 for Currimundi.

5.30 pm Bus departs USC Carpark 5 for Currimundi.


University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs QLD 4556

Organised By

The 2016 conference is being co-organised by Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland – with thanks!