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Please enjoy Victoria's Bumper Outdoor Sector News, MAY 2021
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Through necessity the COVID-19 pandemic has forced humanity to take a deep look at our approach to life and work. One big positive to emerge for OV is finding ourselves working more collaboratively and with other peak bodies across the nation. We welcome the increased opportunities to share our resources and ideas and to brainstorm new ways to support and strengthen our communities. 
I was proud to be able to present to a packed Aquatics and Recreation Victoria regional conference in the beautiful Gippsland town of Warragul last week, to cross pollinate learnings from the outdoors sectors to ARV’s members and stakeholders. Long live the teamwork of the peaks to support the educators, NFP’s and businesses that get more Victorians active! 
Andrew Knight, OV CEO

OV's next online morning tea is scheduled for Tuesday June 1, 10.30am- 11.30am, which will be right after the OCA Summit and a perfect opportunity for everyone to be briefed on summit outcomes and where to next. Register here
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OV is seeking FOUR New Board Members

The extended terms of three of OV's founding Board members are about to expire, so along with another long-standing member they will sadly be leaving the board this November.

So with HUGE gratitude to all four for their continuous hard work we will be bidding them farewell, whilst busily seeking expressions of interest to fill their positions. We'd love to have YOU on Board so find out all the details here


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Outdoor Education Awards 2021

Victoria’s Outdoor Education Awards are now open for nominations 
OV winners will progress through to the National Outdoor Education Awards which will be presented in September 2021
The OEA Awards enable the outdoor community to recognise the work of educators and organisations.
These awards are also made possible due to the generous support of Wilderness Equipment and Macpac

OV Affiliate Membership

What better time to become an OV Affiliate Member!
You, your organisation, or school could be the recipient of an OEA award
JOIN UP NOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $125 +gst for 12 months
Thank you to Mountain Safety Collective who have just signed up as affiliate members. We look forward to sharing lots more information with you about their wonderful work in upcoming comms
and as always thanks again to our renewing freelance members :) :
Phil Wheatley at Operation Newstart &
Ian Neville

The National Outdoor Education Conference 2021

The full program including all abstracts is now available.
and you can still get Early Bird Tickets!!  SEE YOU THERE :)

You can now register to attend this event of the year with Early Bird - full inclusive tickets - still available up until June 2020. 
When: 28 Sept, 12:00 pm – 01 Oct, 4:00 pm
Where: Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

EARLY BIRDS Register here
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More Outdoor Learning Toolkits Released

We are excited to announce the release of two more new Outdoor Learning Toolkits
  • 13: Reading and Writing &
  • 14: Speaking and Listening
The toolkits are helpful resources for primary school teachers to use outside the classroom. There will be another one released in the next few months and six more coming in 2022.

Bush Adventure Therapy News

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This year’s theme for the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT) National Forum 2021 is ‘Venturing Out, Journeying Within’, a theme which challenges us to practice what we preach about the practical application of outdoor, nature-based experiences for the purpose of healing and enhancing our health and well-being. REGISTER HERE
Outdoor Health - National Research Forum 2021
Date: Thursday July 8th 2021, 10am - 2pm
Theme: Investigating Human-Nature-Health intersections
Format: Online and in-person at University of Tasmania
Fee: $30 per person
Following on from our inaugural OH National Research Forum held online in 2020, this event provides an opportunity for Australian researchers to share their work, explore intersections, identify student placements, and germinate collaborative projects.
Attending this day will connect attendees with current leading Human-Nature-Health research around Australia. Attendees will be blown away by the diversity and scope of projects already underway, and the research aspirations of this group. It is possible that a national OH research agenda or project will emerge from this day.      
Sponsored by AABAT and UTas this event is for individual researchers, research groups, organisations and students – those who are passionate about the benefits of nature contact for human and environmental health, those who understand the importance of Indigenous and Aboriginal approaches, and those who wish to depth the evidence in this emerging sector.
Outdoor Health – A Natural Necessity

Save the Dates: Wednesday 13 – and Thursday 14 October 2021. Save Friday 15 October to join in the work of an Outdoor Health Working Group.
Location: The Symposium will be held in Adelaide’s University and Innovation Precinct located on the banks of the Torrens River, known as Karrawirra Pari (Red Gum River) on Kaurna Country.
Theme: Around the world, humans are either responding to threats posed by covid-19, or beginning to establish a new ‘post-covid normal’. Meanwhile, rates of species extinction are reaching alarming levels, and the effects of climate change are being experienced first-hand by many. Just like sea levels, rates of human physical, mental, and social ill health continue to rise. This culmination of human-nature and planetary change calls for a new normal, or perhaps a remembering of old ways, and makes approaches like Outdoor Health a natural necessity.
Information will be on the Outdoor Healthcare Website soon, visit:

News from the Field

This little entry is from our old mate Josh Ambrosy who is now at Federation University. The news is from Fed Uni Outdoor and Environmental Education students who recently visited their conservation property Nanya Station in far western NSW as part of their curriculum studies. 

As part of the field trip, students learnt about the property and engaged in simulated teaching experiences to help prepare them for their future outdoor classrooms.
Now if you know a student who would be interested in being an outdoor and environmental education teacher, get in touch with Josh and the friendly crew at the Ballarat Campus. They have a range of course options at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. 
Welcome to our new 'News from the Field' section. Each month we will feature news or stories from our Unis, TAFES/RTO's & Schools. Teachers or students are invited to submit stories, articles or events (including an image) to Robyn: Help keep us all connected to what's happening in the real world of Outdoor Education. 
A reminder to all outdoor providers, as well maintaining your COVIDSafe Plans at all times, make sure you're up-to-date and familiar with the current AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE ACTIVITY STANDARD & Associated Good Practice Guides

Time to have your say 

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On Friday May 21st, School Strike for Climate has organised climate strikes to take place in cities and towns around Australia Find a Climate Strike near you Working that day or not close to an event? You can also support the school strikers by donating here or sharing the climate strike on social media.
HAVE YOUR SAY to help shape a modern Wildlife Act: The Wildlife Act 1975 sets the rules around how people interact with wildlife in Victoria. It hasn’t been reviewed since it became law more than 45 years ago!
The Independent Review of Victoria’s Wildlife Act 1975 is online and submissions are open until June 9, 2021. 
Have your say on the future of the Visitor Economy: The Reimagining the Visitor Economy Expert Panel has been appointed to advise industry and governments on the future of Australia’s visitor economy – which encompasses domestic and international tourism, international students, business and leisure travellers, as well as associated industries such as hospitality, aviation and accommodation. The Panel now invites interested parties – including tourism operators, industry bodies, small businesses, state, territory and local governments, education providers and individuals – to have their say on what they think is important to secure the long-term future of the industry.
The TOURISM BUSINESSES REPORT 2015-20 provides statistics on Australia's 315,000 plus tourism businesses. Find out about changes in Business size, numbers and contribution from June 2015 to 2020.
Communities To Have A Say In New Parks: Victorians are invited to share their ideas and feedback from May to June on what they would like to see in the parks. These ideas are the first step in developing plans for the parks, which will then be shared with the community for further input.
We are always happy to add your stories to this newsletter. Please send by 10th June, 2021 to be included

We are looking for interesting articles, resources, event dates, funding opportunities and images from our members for the next edition. If you have something to share, contact Robyn 
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Outdoors Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We are always happy to add your stories to this newsletter. Please send by 10th June, 2021 to be included

We are looking for interesting articles, resources, event dates, funding opportunities and images from our members for the next edition. If you have something to share, contact Robyn 
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