Motivating youth to connect with nature, relate to environmental issues and empower actions to enable sustainable change can be inspired by teachers, parents, home schoolers, fellow students or anyone who associates with kids.

Learner agency and action, nature play, resilience and resourcefulness are critical skills we need to teach young people as they adapt to change. Our panel of experienced environmental educators will discuss how they are crossing boundaries to ensure the next generation have understanding and voice for our environment.


Drew Barr’s passion for growing food and sustainability came from his childhood where he grew up on a hobby farm. As an adult he not only continues with his childhood passions, but also inspires secondary students to do the same.  Drew works as a sustainability and permaculture educator at Templestowe College. His philosophy is that resilience and resourcefulness are critical skills we need to teach young people as they adapt to change.

Emily Hui is currently working with Education Changemakers to help unleash teacher and school leader innovation through practical solutions to improve learning. She has enabled student inquiry action projects and facilitated students to support their environmental actions. Emily has taught in primary and secondary schools, has experience with the ResourceSmart program, permaculture and is a leading educator with Zero Waste Victoria.

Ellen Regos is the Team Leader for the School Food Gardens Program at Cultivating Community. Her love affair with food gardening began as a small child harvesting hot figs off the tin roof of her grandfather’s garage and climbing apricot trees in her grandmother’s garden. Her approach to teaching sustainability over the past 25 years has evolved to awaken wonder through the art of facilitating embodied learning experiences outdoors. Nature play is one of her passions.

Facilitated by Kirsty Bishop-Fox, a leading advocate for Zero Waste Victoria. In her consultancy Sustainable Pathways she works with councils, businesses, schools, primary producers, events and households to implement sustainable practices which minimise environmental impact and waste.

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Sat 9 / Feb 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


In the Garden
Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia



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