Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network Training Package

ECO Learning Network Training Package

This training has been designed to assist teachers and educators who are interested in taking children into nature or who are looking for support to strengthen their existing programs. Presented by leaders and pioneers in the field of Australian early childhood nature programs - Doug Fargher, Lisa Coxon and Karen Anderson - the program is held over 3 sessions, including a site visit to a nature kindergarten in action.

The package includes:

  1. Half day workshop that covers the framework requirements as well as the Nuts and Bolts of creating an outdoor program.
  2. One site visit where participants have the opportunity to view children interacting within the outdoor space. (For an extra fee participants can visit other sites.)
  3. After the site visits a second workshop is planned to reflect on what has been observed and then begin planning for the next steps of taking children into nature.


Term One training

Monday 20 March, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Monday 3 April, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Mueller Hall

Site visit options: Monday 27 March, Wednesday 29 March, or Thursday 30 March


Term Two training

Friday 26 May, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Friday 16 June, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

Site visit options: Monday 29 May, Wednesday 31 May, or Thursday 1 June


Term Three training

Tuesday 1 August, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Tuesday 22 August, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Domain House Gallery 3

Site visit options: Monday 14 August, Wednesday 16 August, or Thursday 17 August


Term Four training

Wednesday 18 October, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Wednesday 1 November, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Venue: Westerfolds Park Templestowe (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Site visit options: Monday 23 October, Wednesday 25 October, or Thursday 26 October


Site Visit Locations


Balnarring 9:15 -2:15 or Yarralea (not term one 9:30-3:30)


Westgarth 9-12 (three year old group) or Balnarring 9:00 -2:00


Penbank or Minibah 9:30-2:30 or Westgarth 9:00- 12:00 (Four year old group)


Any queries please email training.ecoln@gmail.com or call 0493518888