Welcome to our Ecopedagogies site

Dr Tonia Gray and Dr Carol Birrell from the University of Western Sydney invite you to participate in an ongoing dialogue on Ecopedagogies. In light of the much discussed ‘disconnect’ from Nature, educational moves towards a ‘connect’ with the natural world through ecological ways of experiencing, thinking and knowing are crucial- these are called ecopedagogies.

We are presenting at the Nature Education Symposium at Taronga Zoo.


When: Thursday 9 August 2012, from 10am to 4pm

Where: ANZ Lecture Theatre, Taronga Zoo

The event will feature a keynote address by Richard Louv, author of several books including Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle and co-founder and chairman of the Children and Nature Network in the USA. Louv coined the term ‘nature‐deficit disorder’ to describe the disturbing disconnect between people, particularly children, and nature. He outlines the positive effects of nature on the development of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and creative skills in children.

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