Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network Conference - Saturday 16 April 2016
Outdoor education is enacted by teachers. Our vision is to bring together the teachers who work with children outdoors so we can learn from each other, and jointly develop our techniques and pedagogical understandings for working with children in nature.
We embrace the pioneers who have developed expertise through practice, and those taking their first tentative steps outside the comfort of the building. We are a network for sharing our knowledge and our passion.
The ECOLN runs gatherings onsite where outdoor programs are held, and has a website and social media presence for sharing information between teachers and services.
This is our first Conference, bringing teachers together in one place for conversation between practitioners and dialogue with the theoretical dimension of our work. Just like our day-to-day work with children, the Conference will range across the apparently mundane but crucial practical details and the philosophical explorations that motivate our work.
We begin the day with an acknowledgement of country.
The Conference proceeds with a keynote address from Sue Elliott who contends it is time to take the conversation about outdoor learning beyond the sustainability-nature nexus.
After a quick morning tea, we offer breakout sessions on
• the nuts and bolts of teaching outdoors
• presentation of research on children's sacred spaces and trees
• or a visit to the Ian Potter Children’s Garden
Each session will be repeated, so you have an opportunity to attend two of the three.
Lunch is BYO in the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden (Melbourne).
After lunch, we have a panel discussion on the pedagogy of outdoor learning here, followed by a barefoot networking expo.
When: Saturday 16 April
9.00 am - 4. 00 pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens
Booking: through Trybooking
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Catering: morning tea provided
Who is this for: preschool teachers and other educators in ECE, and other people interested in supporting educators who work with young children outdoors, or interested in promoting outdoor learning for young children.
Who is responsible: this event is being offered by the ECOLN in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Garden Victoria, at Melbourne.