NSW Environmental Education Conference

The 2017 NSW Environmental Education conference will be held 27-29 September in Lane Cove, Sydney. You can check out the details on the conference website - we hope to see you there!

NSW holds an Environmental Education Conference biannually. Environmental educators young and old, indigenous and non-indigenous, government and non-government, community based and private enterprise are invited to contribute to these conferences.

2015 conference:

The 32nd NSW Environmental Education Conference was held at the Hunter TAFE Institute - Kurri Kurri Campus in the Hunter Valley on 29-30 October 2016. More than 200 delegates enjoyed two and a half days of learning and sharing, and created a very positive vibe.

Read a report on the conference

Read our post-conference statement on climate change action

See the conference evaluation report

2013 conference:

The 31st NSW Environmental Education Conference was held in Dubbo on 26-27 September 2013. It was a great event, bringing environmental educators from all sectors together in the heart of NSW to explore the conference theme ‘Contributing to Global Hope: Interconnectedness between Rural and Urban Landscapes’. There were over 60 presentations across two days, plus field trips, workshops and social events.

We visited local and regional highlights as well:

  • The Flannery Centre in Bathurst and the Environmental Learning Facility in Orange on the Pre-conference Bus Tour 
  • Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo for the Conference Welcome Reception with the touring exhibition: “unDisclosed” 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial
  • Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens, the iconic Little River and Beni Conservation Area plus many more locations on the field trips
  • Western Plains Zoo or the Dubbo Sustainable City Expo on the Saturday morning 

Keynote speakers included:

  • Professor Greg Smith, Lewis Clarke Graduate School, Portland Oregon: Grounding Learning in Place and Community
  • Margaret Somerville , University of Western Sydney: Connecting for planetary wellbeing: systems, people and country
  • Dr John Rafferty, Charles Sturt University: Teachers’ perceptions of the world (title TBC)

2011 conference:

The 30th NSW Environmental Education Conference was held on 26 and 27 September 2011. Held at North Sydney Boys High School and attended by over 170 people, it was considered a great success. Keynote speakers included students Ginny Wong, Amogh Sarda and Emelia Milliner who inspired us with stories of what the environment means to them and how they got involved in their schools. Les Robinson (Enabling Change) surprised some of us by saying we should plan less (and test more), and Roz Hall (NSW OEH) who wasn’t too sure about that and wanted to make sure we remembered to monitor and evaluate. Paul Brown (UNSW) highlighted the importance of building community resilience, and Erland Howden (Greenpeace) reminded us that we need empowerment as well as education. Of course, there was much more to their speeches than that for those lucky enough to be there!

There was a huge choice of topics with concurrent streams targeting students, teachers and community educators. There were field trips, creative spaces, a poster session and a World Café… and throughout all of it students volunteering from local schools, in particular North Sydney Boys High (NSBH), were actively involved in planning, set-up, management and even giving presentations and Chairing sessions! A HUGE thank you to all the students, NSBH for hosting, the sponsors especially NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and the Conference Organising Committee.

To read about the 29th NSW Environmental Education Conference held in Coffs Harbour in 2009 and hosted by AAEE NSW and the Mid Rivers Group or Environmental Educators (MRGEE) and to download papers click here.

2015 conference report.pdf342.5 KB
Evaluation Report Hunter NSW AAEE conference 2015 Final 1.pdf1.24 MB
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