Upcoming events for 2018
Third ECOLN Conference 2018 Saturday 21 April, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Past events involving the Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network
First ECOLN Conference 2016 - click through to page
Second ECOLN Conference 2017 - click through to page
Together We Grow Conference
ECOLN members Lisa Coxon, Doug Fargher and Siobhan Hannan attended the Together We Grow Conference to speak about innovation in the context of the National Quality Framework, using outdoor learning as the case study.
Caulfield May 2017
Outdoor Victoria Conference
ECOLN members Karen Anderson, Doug Fargher and Siobhan Hannan attended the Outdoor Victoria Conference to address students of Outdoor Education about pedagogy and curriculum for outdoor learning in the early years.
Nature Play Week 2016 Launch
In April 2016 we attended an inspiring launch, followed by lunch and a workshop to celebrate nature play around Victoria and beyond at the beautiful Malmsbury Botanical Garden.
We heard from keynote speaker Alison Lester, one of Australia’s most beloved creators of children’s books, on children and our need for interaction with the natural world. It was a chance to exchange ideas with children, students, and educators.
On offer were a range of outdoor learning opportunities on how to use your local parks, gardens and reserves as a fertile ground to inspire healthy and active lifestyles and encourage children’s imaginative play.
Seminar Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Outdoor learning is a rapidly growing model in early childhood settings. The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne held a seminar in April 2016 to hear what is so compelling about this model and what is happening throughout Australia and internationally with Sue Elliott. The seminar also heard from ECOLN member Doug Fargher, and has a chance to explore RBG Cranbourne to find out what is required of a setting and how to deal with risks in the bush.