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Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) 2021 – Mandjoogoordap Changing Tides

September 27, 2021 - September 30, 2021
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AAEE 21st Biennial National Conference and 4th Research Symposium

The Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) will host its 21st Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) Biennial Conference and 4th Research Symposium in Mandurah, Western Australia.

Mandurah is a city renowned for its beautiful waterways, internationally recognised wetlands, ancient thrombolites and enchanting plants and wildlife. This global biodiversity hotspot truly is one of a kind.

Inspired by moving local examples, resilience theory, future’s thinking and Mandurah’s relaxed waterside lifestyle, the overarching conference theme is “Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides”. Mandjoogoordap means “meeting place of the heart” in the indigenous Noongar language of the region, and changing tides can represent the need for change, the inevitability of change as with natural tidal cycles, or the positive changes resulting from Education for Sustainability efforts. Combined, Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides is a concept that aims to showcase examples of people coming together to create positive change through environmental education, along with innovative, practical and effective tools for change-making.

This intergenerational, inclusive and inspiring event ensures an anticipated 100 delegates will be immersed in the latest thinking and exposed to the best information and resources. With sustainability professionals and educators from all sectors, including education, government, NGOs and community groups, ours is an audience that values authentic ideas and ways of working.

Visit the AAEE webpage for more information.

AAEE’s 21st Biennial National Conference will attract over 250 dedicated sustainability and educational professionals from across Australia. An integrated virtual stream will ensure delegates that are not able to travel  will be able to experience all key speakers. We welcome our MOU partners as members from New Zealand, Japan and North America.

Relaxed by Nature Activities

Nature Tours

  1. Wildflowers – Japan has its cherry blossoms, Amsterdam flourishes with tulips, and Provence, France lights up with lavender fields. Here in Western Australia, we’re famously known as wildflower country. And rightly so.
  2. Ways to Nature– The best way to discover (or rediscover) what makes these stunning wetlands and the remarkable wildlife so special is on a guided walking tour with Ways to Nature.
  3. Salt and Bush Eco Tours –  speciality bird, wildlife and nature trips can be land or water-based (from foot peddled kayaks) along the Ramsar protected wetlands of the Peel Harvey Estuary and Yalgorup Lakes – a truly unique way to be relaxed by nature.
  4. Dolphin Watching – A visit to Mandurah wouldn’t be complete without the sighting of at least one dolphin. Come and learn more about our famous inhabitants.
  5. Self Drive – Explore our stunning waterways at your own pace with a hire boat, and you don’t need a boat licence.

Accommodation in Mandurah

Only an hour from Perth CBD, in Mandurah, you can take your pick from 4.5-star resorts and holiday houses that can overlook the stunning estuary and beaches. Mandurah also has plenty of bed and breakfasts, houseboats and caravan parks to choose from. To book accommodation in Mandurah click here.

Taste of Mandurah

Need a break? Escape with our Taste of Mandurah package.

Conference Program

Monday 27th September (WA Public Holiday) AAEE National Executive Meeting
Tuesday 28th September  Conference Day 1
Wednesday 29th September Conference Day 2 – Excursions to EE sites

Conference Dinner

Thursday 30th September Conference Day 3

Please note the program is subject to change, so check back regularly for any updates.

Day 2 Excursions


Time Mandurah Coast, Thrombolites & DBCA Mandurah Estuary Cruise Sustainable Schools & The Wetland Centre (Cockburn)
9:30 am Wildflower Walk at Beacham Reserve
10:00 am Partnering to Protect our Waterways

Bonnie Beal Richardson et al

Harnessing Student Passion to Lead Sustainable Change

Kristy Ward (WA)

10:30 am Mandurah Herbarium visit (rolling) Shorebirds are counting on us: Reflecting on more than a decade of building community citizen science capability in the Peel-Yalgorup System

Charlie Jones (WA)

City of Rockingham Castaways Sculpture Awards – Environmental awareness though artistic innovation

Rebecca Cassells

11:00 am Thrombolite Q&A

Jane Merewether (WA)

Creery Wetlands Tour with Ways to Nature
11:30 am Island Point Tour (City of Mandurah / Herbarium Volunteers) Nature Photography – Using photography as an educational tool to connect and inspire students with their local natural environment.

Sharon Meredith (WA)

West-side Stories: A Snapshot of Education for Sustainability in W.A. Schools

Tim Hill, Dr Elaine Lewis, Jessica Shepley (WA)

12:00 pm Presentation on Peel-Harvey Estuary and Mosquito Breeding

Peta Foulkes

12:30 pm Mozzie Wise School and Community Mosquito Education Program – Achievements and Opportunities for Growth

Natasha Bowden (WA)

1:00 pm Reconnecting with Nature by Sensing, Valuing and Envisioning our Future

Merrilee Baker (WA)

Coastal Waste Warriors (Presentation) Living through the Adaptive Cycle: The Wetland Centre journey

Denise Crosbie (WA)

1:30 pm Aboriginal Presentation – Thrombolties Mandurah Cruises (Presentation)
2:30 pm PHCC Lake Clifton Stewardship Partnership WMRC Activity
3:00 pm


September 27, 2021
September 30, 2021
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Partner and Prosper
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