Professional learning

Upcoming events

Nature play for primary school educators

Join us for a free online professional learning series designed to enhance your skills in making nature play a part of your teaching and learning. Through interactive experiential learning with experienced facilitators, you have an opportunity to:

  • enhance your understanding of the benefits of learning in nature
  • increase your confidence in guiding children in outdoor settings
  • develop a curriculum linked nature play program for your students
  • become part of a network of supportive sustainability educators.

The series is comprised of three sequential sessions:

  • Session 1 - A sense of self and place in nature,
    4.00 - 5.30pm, Tuesday, 22 March 2022
  • Session 2 - Environmental skills development,
    4.00 - 5.30pm, Tuesday 3 May 2022
  • Session 3 - Planning, program design and the curriculum,
    4.00 - 5.30pm, Tuesday 31 May 2022.

To ensure the quality of the learning experience, we ask you to commit to attending all three sessions, complete some course pre-reading and an evaluation.

Register your interest now. This series is offered free to NSW primary school teachers, availability is limited.

This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

Nature connections for local government educators 

If you are a local government environmental educator supporting young people in your community, you might like to register for our online forum exploring nature connections and nature play programs, online 31 March 2022. For details visit the AAEE NSW website

NSW Environmental Education Conference

The 35th NSW Environmental Education Conference is convened and hosted by Central Coast Environmental Education Network including Central Coast Council, Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre, Community Environment Network, Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre and AAEE NSW. Held at Ourimbah campus, University of Newcastle, 21-23 April 2022. For more details visit the conference website.

Support for professional learning

Support for environmental and sustainability professional learning can be found via:

  • Australian Association of Environmental Education NSW Chapter offering professional development resources, courses, conferences and professional networks. 
  • Sustainability Connect is a new sustainability education business directory developed and managed by Sustainable Schools NSW and AAEE NSW. Search the directory for PD support. 
  • Environmental Education Centres - Visit your local website for further professional learning opportunities.
  • Brewongle EEC - located in Sackville North, Brewongle EEC offer a range of professional learning courses throughout the year covering science and technology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, geography and sustainability as a cross-curriculum priority.
  • Field of Mars EEC - located in East Ryde, Field of Mars run a range of professional learning courses year round, the majority of which are accredited with NESA.
  • Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre (EEC) runs the NESA accredited course ‘Integrating the Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priority’ (Course Code RG00451) for schools in its area of operations. See their website for upcoming course dates.
  • Centennial Parklands Professional Development Courses. The Parkland's Education team offer professional development and training to enable individuals and organisations to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes to connect children in their own settings. Training themes include adventure in outdoor learning, the outdoor classroom, elemental play (fire, water, air), creativity and imagination outdoors, nature pedagogy. 
  • Cool Australia's Online Professional Development Courses - Cool Australia is an award winning, not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of accredited short online courses for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers. The online courses support the integration of sustainability and real-life learning in the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum.
  • My PL - A professional learning management system by the NSW Department of Education