Some Aspects of Nature Conservation in New South Wales during the 1950s and 1960s, by Allen A Strom


Online registration is now open for the NSW Environmental Education Conference, to be held 27-29 September in Lane Cove, Sydney.

There's a great line-up of speakers confirmed, and educators from all sectors will be there.

Early bird rates end on 31 July 2017 - get in before then, or you'll be kicking yourself!

AAEE NSW recently made a submission to the Department of the Environment and Energy, in response to their Discussion Paper outlining current climate change policies. Comment was invited by the government on 'how Australia can build on the success of current policies to achieve our 2030 target.'

Wondering what's been happening over the last few months? You can check out the latest AAEE NSW achievements by reading our Quarterly Review

Get your application for the 2017 Gould League scholarship in by 1 July. 

The scholarship is intended to help teachers, tertiary students and environmental educators attend the NSW Environmental Education conference (or an equivalent professional learning activity) by providing financial assistance of up to $1000.

The NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Awards recognise individuals in NSW who show outstanding abilities to raise the level of environmental awareness in the community and who provide leadership, innovation and inspiration to others thus contributing to quality environmental education.

This year's NSW Environmental Education conference will be held 27-29 September in Lane Cove, Sydney.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) has been extended. If you're interested in offering a workshop, presentation, field trip or display that fits the theme “Make the Change” and provides professional development and empowerment for environmental educators working throughout NSW, get your EOI in by end March.

Our Gould League Scholarship winner for 2016, Simon Blom, has submitted a report about her experiences attending the national AAEE Conference in Adelaide - her first-ever AAEE conference. Simone also presented at the conference, sharing the findings of her research project into Parent(ing) ChildhoodNature. Thanks to Simone for such a thoughful article - we hope you agree it makes interesting reading!

Read Simone's report

This year's NSW Environmental Education conference will be held 27-29 September in Lane Cove, Sydney.

Expressions of Interest are open until 8 March for workshops, presentations, field trips and displays that fit the theme of the conference, “Make the Change”, and provide professional development and empowerment for environmental educators working throughout NSW.

On behalf of all AAEENSW members, we recently submitted feedback on the NSW Government's Draft Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan. You are welcome to read the submission and let us know what you think. To find out all about the draft plan, click through to the OEH website.

Our very first Greeen Ed Drinks - a new networking event for NSW Environmental Educators - went off with a bang on Thurs 3 November at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability!

Our thanks to Costa, our host extraordinaire, fellow presenters Tim Silverwood and Angela Dean, and everyone who came along and made it such a success.

If you weren't able to make it, we hope to see you next time!

Congratulations to Owen Dunlop, winner of this year's NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award. Owen recieved the award for many years of outstanding work in the Riverina area. He is pictured here with AAEENSW Patron Costa Georgiadis,who handed out the awards at the Green Ed Drinks event held on Thursday 3 November at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Waverton.

Congratulations are also due to Trish Donnelly, winner of the Government category of the Award.

Well done Trish and Owen!

Our latest quarterly review (July-Sep) has now been completed and is available online. We've also created a handy infographic so you can see our main achievements at a glance.

Ever considered joining the AAEENSW Executive Committee? Now is the time to nominate for a position, and we encourage you to put your hand up. Why not? It's a great opportunity to make a unique contribution to environmental education in this State. Meetings are web-based, and regional members are encrouaged to apply.

Thursday 3 November is a big day for AAEE NSW. We hope you can join us at at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton.

From 4.30 pm, we will have our Annual General Meeting, at which our new constitution will be tabled.  

Scholarships are now open to provide opportunities for passionate people interested in education for sustainability to attend the AAEE natoinal conference in Adelaide on 5-7 October.


The scholarships are open to:

  • people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background
  • those working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities

The 'Environmental Education in Early Childhood' research report, compiled  for the Environmental Trust, has now been released. You can read the full report on the NSW ECEEN website.  Please share this resource with any contacts you have who are interested in EfS in the early childhod context. 

Proposed Changes to Biodiversity Legislation in NSW - AAEE NSW Submission

The Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016, the Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016 and the related changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 are currently open for consultation until June 28, 2016. These changes require the repeal of the Native Vegetation Act 2003, the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, the Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001 and parts of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Apply before 1 July for the 2016 Gould League scholarship. Open to environmental educators working in or with NSW schools,  it provides financial assistance to attend the AAEE national conference (which is in Adelaide in October this year) or an equivalent learning activity. More details

Now is the time to nominate someone you think is deserving of the NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award!

Our membership survey report has now been published and is available here (pdf 1.3MB).

Titled '2015 Membership Survey report: What we have learnt', it presents the findings of a survey of NSW-based environmental educators conducted at the end of 2015 to better understand their needs and expectations of AAEENSW as a professional association.

Happy reading!

Our first Quarterly Review for 2016 is now available. View online to see the great progress we're making towards achieving our strategic goals.

We've also created a handy infographic  so you can see some of our main achievements at a glance.

Register now for the AAEE national conference to be held in Adelaide, 5-7 October.

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