The 2018 National Outdoor Education Conference has now concluded. We would like to thank all those who supported the 2018 National Outdoor Education Conference. You can access the Conference Photos below.

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The 2020 National Outdoor Education Conference will be held in NSW.

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The 2018 biennial National Outdoor Education Conference was hosted by Outdoor Education Tasmania from April 9-12 in Hobart, Tasmania.

The theme of the 2018 NOEC conference was “Wisdom of the Past – Exploring the Future.”

Delegates were invited to examine and engage with historical foundations of long-held traditions of outdoor education, such as nature, risk, adventure, skill development and social and interpersonal development. More contemporary constructs of outdoor education were also presented and interrogated, including local place-based education, environmental education, sustainability education and social justice.

We engaged with a variety of delegates representing the diverse outdoor education sector –  teachers, academics, instructors, tourism guides, students, commercial operators, and government officials who were invited to attend.

Tasmania has spectacular natural environment for interacting with nature and Hobart will offer both inner city venues and beautiful outdoor sites to run a diverse program. This conference had a uniquely Tasmanian twist as we celebrated the proud history and tradition of teaching and learning in the Tasmanian outdoors.

  • Dr Janet Dyment
  • Todd Blackhall


  • Dr Bob Brown
    Bob Brown Foundation
  • Dr Mary Breunig
    Brock University
  • Dr Mark Leather
    Plymouth Marjon University
  • Dr Allen Hill
    ARA Institute of Canterbury

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers have been confirmed. Click here for biographies.

2018 Host


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Hotel Grand Chancellor

1 Davey Street
Hobart Tasmania 7000

Overlooking the Hobart Harbour, this polished hotel is a 12-minute walk from Salamanca Market and 15 km from Mount Wellington.


Dr Janet Dyment

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Deputy Head of School, Faculty of Education

Janet Dyment is delighted to be co-convening the 2018 National Outdoor Education Conference. Janet hails from Canada, where she spent years paddling northern rivers, dogsledding and cross-country skiing.  She spent countless summers working for the Canadian Outward-Bound Wilderness School and the National Outdoor Leadership School.

About 14 years ago, she crossed the big Pacific Ocean and found herself in Tasmania, of all places!  She’s spent that time working in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania in various roles.  In her teaching and research roles, she is passionate about understanding what ‘causes’ deep learning in formal and informal settings.  She writes regularly and sits on the editorial boards of key outdoor and environmental education journals.

She balances her work life by stepping fully into being a Mom of her two young boys.  They are often found hiking, camping, fishing, watching the sunrises, sleeping out under the stars, and continuing their quest to perfect the art of marshmallow roasting.

Todd Blackhall

Todd Blackhall has been leading the development and implementation of outdoor education programs at Hutchins School (in Hobart, Tasmania) for over twelve years. Prior to this he found himself in a diverse range of teaching and leadership roles, which included three years in the Torres Strait.

Todd’s vision is to inspire kids to develop their own spirit of adventure and reflect on personal growth through accepting challenges in the outdoors.  He is passionate about the value of professional networking and sharing resources and learning. As a practitioner Todd challenges colleagues to be innovative and creative when planning and delivering outdoor experiences.

Todd enjoys taking his family into the outdoors which, with the help of wife Mel, includes introducing camping, paddling and climbing to his two beautiful daughters.

“I am excited to welcome national and international colleagues to Hobart, Tasmania for 2018 conference.

Tasmania is a place to teach outdoor education in all its forms and we are very proud to have the opportunity to showcase this to delegates.

Tasmania has a proud history of outdoor education and it will be a fantastic setting to share knowledge, experiences and stories with OEA members from across the country and colleagues from abroad.”

Banner image credits:

Montezuma Falls – Flow Mountain Bike; Hollybank Treetops Adventure – Segway Tours – Wai Nang Poon; Roaring 40s Kayaking – Sean Scott; All4adventure Quad Bike Tours – Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett; Abseiling, Gordon Dam – Aardvark Adventures – Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett; Three Capes Track – Cape Pillar and the Blade – Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service; Hobart Yachts East Coast Charter – Tourism Tasmania, Hobart Yachts & Jimmy Emms; Rock Climbing – Tourism Tasmania & Brad Harris; O’Neill Coldwater Classic Tasmania 2009 – Tourism Tasmania & O’Neill Coldwater Classic; Hollybank Treetops Adventure – Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett; Roaring 40s Kayaking – Sean Scott; Cradle Mountain Canyons  – Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett; Roaring 40s Kayaking – Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman; Water by Nature Tasmania – Tourism Tasmania & Cathy Finch Photography; Water By Nature Tasmania – Tourism Tasmania & Water by Nature; Cradle Coast Adventure Tours, Cradle Country Adventures  – Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam; Abseiling, Gordon Dam – Aardvark Adventures – Pete Harmsen

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