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EOTC Conference 2020

28 & 29 September

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 Opening Minds, Transforming Futures

 Join us for 2 days of inspirational speakers, thought-provoking conversations and hands-on outdoor learning


Are you a secondary, primary or ECE teacher? Then this inspiring and innovative conference is just for you!

You will be taken on a journey that will provide you with both theory and practical knowledge to take away and apply back in your setting. You will explore how connection to the whenua and care for the people, can help support thriving Education Outside the Classroom curriculum.

Taking place simultaneously in 5 centres across Aotearoa New Zealand, you will connect with other educators in your hub through discussions, reflection, workshops and practical experiences.

You will leave feeling connected, inspired and energised to incorporate more place-based pedagogy in your EOTC curriculum.

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DAY 1:

      • Mihi Whakatau
      • 5 Keynote speakers, 1 from each hub across Aotearoa streamed to other hubs 
      • Group discussions to unpack the keynote presentations
      • Workshops to help develop thinking from the keynote presentations
      • Reflection of the day and key learnings


Meet our Keynotes

DAY 2:

Each hub will have a slightly different focus and could include:

      • Consolidation of ideas from Day 1
      • Practical application of ideas
      • Hands on learning
      • Localised, place-based pedagogy
      • Deeper understanding of Mātauranga Māori and multicultural values and practices
      • Building confidence as an educator outside the classroom
      • Enhancing student and staff wellbeing through connected learning
      • The nitty gritty of EOTC



  • Registration to 2 amazing days of professional development
  • All keynote speaker presentations
  • All workshop presentations
  • Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea
  • Networking opportunities



  • Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland—Mt Albert Grammar
  • Tauranga—Waikato University, Tauranga Campus
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington—Worser Bay Yacht Club
  • Ōtautahi / Christchurch—Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Ōtepoti / Dunedin—St Margaret’s College, Otago University


Places are available at each centre for external education providers (such as environmental educators). We welcome tertiary students to attend – it will be a great place to further enhance your understanding of EOTC. 


INVESTMENT:EArly bird Special star

Practising teachers: $300.00   

External providers: $450.00

Tertiary students: $72.00

Registrations close Friday 11 September 2020

We have an EARLYBIRD SPECIAL available to the FIRST 100  PAID TEACHERS for a 50% DISCOUNT on their registration at course completion. BOOK NOW to secure the best price.

There are additional subsidies available for EONZ members from Canterbury and Wellington regions (limited numbers). Please email Catherine at the EONZ office for further information.


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The Conference logo  

Designed by Keanu Townsend, this logo is a representation of education outdoors in Aotearoa, from the mountain tops, through the rivers to the sea. The green manaia/guardian represents Aoraki/Mt Cook and the pounamu/greenstone that is produced and sourced in the South Island. The red manaia/guardian is Mt Ruapehu, the red depicts the active volcanic elements that builds and changes the landscape. The mountains are believed to be ancestors of the people, this is why the guardians are shown in the mountains. The river in-between the mountains represents the Waikato river that flows from the high elevations inland to the sea. The puhoro flow of the ocean is the currents and tides that surround our islands of Aotearoa. Inside the mountains we see the ara/pathways that people create and take to experience and adventure the landscapes of Aotearoa.

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This conference has been made possible by the Teacher Refresher Course Committee (TRCC). 

Course Director: Sophie Watson

Planning Committee: Maika Hemara, Jane Townsend, Brook Rapson, Chris North, Jen Davy

For more information about registrations please visit www.trcc.org.nz or email info@trcc.org.nz.