• Freelance Professionals Cooperative – Networking, guidance, mentoring, support and representation from Institute  of Outdoor Learning
  • Work in the Outdoors in NSW & ACT – Provided to you by Outdoors NSW & ACT – Opportunities in the Outdoors sector for employment and contracting. Join the teams that provide health and wellbeing for our communities by connecting them to adventure and recreation experiences in nature.

We believe learning through experience positively transforms people and our world.

The Association for Experiential Education is a membership organization that strives to elevate and expand the global capacity of Experiential Education. AEE is committed to supporting professional development, theoretical advancement, and the evaluation of Experiential Education Worldwide. 

2021 AEE Virtual International Conference

Peter and David attended the 2021 edition of the AEE’s International Conference, held via Zoom

Here’s the best content links / resources that may be of interest to the Australian OE sector:


The Marina Ewald and Kurt Hahn Address 2021

The Opening and ActivEE presentations


Michelle Cummings – Training Wheels 10 Effective Virtual Reflection Activities – Strategies for Meaningful Experiences

Brigham Young University – The Roots and Branches of Reflection: Theory and Practice – excellent presentation around using reflective writing in Experiential Education and the website created by Brigham Young University

Jeff Baierlein – Viristar – A Systems-Informed Approach to Risk Management

Dr. Jim Cain – Teamwork and Teamplay – Jim presented on adaptive resilencevirtual facilitation and featured several new ideas from recent writing projects
Shared best practices in Virtual Facilitation

Ryan Carlson – Wilderness Educators Association – Ryan shared the WEA individual outdoor educator accreditation program in detail
Shared WEA Overview of Benefits and Process

Steve Pace – AEE Accreditation – Steve presented the AEE’s accreditation program for outdoor programs / providers / camps, with the mention of increasing uptake by Australian OE operators

Meg Bolger – Facilitator Cards – Meg spoke on social justice facilitation in But Your Wrong

New tools for Virtual Meeting improvements

Jamboard (Google) – collaborative space to use post-it type notes for sharing ideas / feedback and brain storming ideas

Gather Town – a online 8 bit graphics environment to meet virtually, have conversations and interact with other conference delegates – lots of fun for casual chats / meetups or boardroom presentations

Mural – digital collaboration platform used by several presenters

Professional Networking

The Asia Pacific AEE meeting – there is interest in a AEE regional conference being organised for 2022 for the Asia Pacific zone, given the increase in participation and engagement with the virtual conference  – here’s the recorded zoom session Hosted by AEE Board Members, Trevor Wong & Vinay Sirsi

John Losey Experiential Training Lab – Design Session Group – John presented in various workshops on facilitation and time management.  He has a Experiential Training Lab Design Session scheduled for 16th December 2021 that looks interesting

Phil Brown – The Shared Experience – A Vertical Playpen Podcast – Excellent fun participating in a live podcast recording for the Vertical Playpen podcast
Vertical Playpen AEE International Conference 2021 Reflection

2020 AEE International Conference

With over 700 attendees from 32 countries, we joyfully came together for 3 days of live events where we danced, we laughed, we virtually hugged, we learned, we taught, and we celebrated our community together through distance. 


The Marina Ewald and Kurt Hahn Address 2020


Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Study (Phase 4): A Survey of the Outdoor and Adventure Education Field

The coronavirus pandemic impact study is an examination of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the outdoor and adventure education fields. The purpose of this study is to gather the collective wisdom of people engaged in outdoor and adventure education by asking that you share the changes you have made, or will likely make, in your program and how you envision remaining sustainable in the future. To that extent, we have designed a set of general questions and four themes as currently relevant to this study:

16 General Questions
Theme 1: Safety and Risk Management
Theme 2: Operations, Logistics, and Financial Solvency 
Theme 3: The Nature of Outdoor Programming
Theme 4: Changing Clientele & Staff

While you are welcome to contribute to the collective knowledge in all areas, we ask that you answer the general questions and one theme in full.

Team building from the Toy Aisle

Online virtual team building games resources presented on Day 2 by – Matthew W. Broda (C.O.W. Department of Education) Michelle Cummings (Training Wheels) Trevor Dunlap (Nuhop)