Current Events:



When? Thursday November 2, 4.00-6.30pm 

Where? Function Room, Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing, 27 Valetta Road Kidman Park 

All members and friends of the Outdoor Sector are invited to the 2023 NBONSA AGM. It will be a great chance to network and share the highs and lows of the year for all.

The event will briefly summarize 2023 activities, elect 5 of the 10 committee positions, host a panel to discuss Reconciliation Action Planning, networking and of course nibbles!  

Register at the Eventbrite link here.

Member organisations are highly encouraged to nominate for the 5 vacant NBONSA committee positions (election for 50% of positions held each year). Attached are nomination forms and the Executive Summary of NBONSA activities.

RSVP/reply email to 

Feel free to forward this on to your members or interested parties.


4.00pm  Meet and greet.

4.10pm  Acknowledgement of Country, welcome to attendees and opening.

4.20pm  Chair, Committee and Treasurer Report.

4.40pm  Final nomination for 5 NBONSA positions. Election of officers.

4.50pm  Reconciliation Action Plan Forum. Establishment of working group.

5.30pm  Networking

6.00pm  NBONSA committee meeting

We look forward to seeing you there!

The NBONSA 2022/2023 team,

Michael, Justin, Lisa, Julie, Joss, Lauren, Lawrie, Tim, Helen, Nat & Scott

Outdoor Careers Expo - August 17

Register via Eventbrite here








What is it?

A showcase of opportunities to get experience, employment and build a career in the outdoors or using skills and knowledge developed through Outdoor Education.

When and where?

August 15 at the Karen Rolton Oval Pavillion in Narnunnga (Park 25). Enter via Glover Ave. Car Parking available on site with overflow either nearby Bonython Park (free) or Hindley Street Car Park or take the Tram to Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Who should attend?

  • School students interested in careers and experience outdoors – particularly Stage 1 and 2 Outdoor Education and Environmental Science Students
  • University and TAFE students – particularly those studying Outdoor Education and Environmental Science
  • Tree changers – those looking to change to a career in the outdoors
  • Teachers, career counsellors and youth leaders – those looking to provide advice to young people about outdoor careers
  • Current outdoor sector employees – looking to explore other opportunities or network

Who will exhibit?

  • Employers
  • Training organisations (TAFE’s, Unis, RTO’s, Leadership training bodies, licencing)
  • Skills development organisations
  • Professional outfitters
  • Voluntary experience bodies
  • Aligned professionals (e.g. Services)
  • Professional bodies




What will the event look like?

The Karen Rolton Pavillion overlooks the Karen Rolton oval and has space for up to 200 guests plus overflow on the balcony. Presenters will set up tables and collateral for individuals and groups to hear about opportunities or discuss the options for outdoor careers, training and experience. On the hour a panel of representatives from employers, employees and training organisations will provide insight into the sector opportunities.



Opening - event officially opens.

Attendees walk around and talk to exhibitors.

Facebook livestream – talk to exhibitors


Prize draw 1.

Outdoor employers panel (15mins) livestream


Prize draw 2.

Outdoor professionals panel (15 mins) livestream


Prize draw 3.

Outdoor Training panel (15 mins) livestream


Close of event.

NBONSA, exhibitors and presenters meeting.


How much?

  • Free for attendees
  • Exhibitors - Members of NBONSA – no charge; Voluntary bodies – optional donation; Non-members and non-voluntary - $125.


Sponsorship of the NBONSA Careers Expo is available. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship packages are available. Contact NBONSA via for further details.

Who is NBONSA?

NBONSA is the peak body for nature-based outdoors organisations in South Australia.

We collaborate with people and organisations to advocate for a sustainable and inclusive nature-based industry, encouraging more South Australians to be active in the outdoors.

Our members are made up of clubs, businesses and not for profit organisations.

The fine print:

This is the first event of its kind in South Australia and is being run by volunteers.

Each exhibitor will be responsible for bringing their own collateral. Flyers, flags, etc. all encouraged.

A table will be made available where possible. A good idea to bring your own with a covering cloth.

Any fees go towards hiring the facility and providing basic amenities (water, tea and coffee). Excess funds will be used by NBONSA for other activities.



NBONSA Open forum and strategic plan

4.30-7.30 p.m., 28th March Duke of Brunswick Hotel, 207 Gilbert Street Adelaide.

Tickets via:

‘How can nature-based outdoor activities increase and enhance involvement by women and girls?’

Come to the next open NBONSA committee and strategic planning meeting and hear an expert panel discuss the issues and initiatives happening in South Australia with nature based outdoor activities to be more inclusive, equitable and attractive – in this to case women and girls. Help NBONSA shape its future direction to be part of the solution.

HAVE YOUR SAY in the Nature-Based Outdoor Network of South Australia Strategic Plan 2023-2028!

This meeting is open to all who are interested in the future direction of the Nature Based Outdoor Network of South Australia over the next 1-5 years. A draft strategic plan is attached for all to comment on and contribute to.

Non-members welcome. Bookings essential. Planned as a face to face and online opportunity.


4.30 Arrival

5.00 Panel session chaired by Dr. Helen Donovan

5.45 Panel Questions

6.00 Strategic Planning Presentation

6.15 Small group topics

6.45 Report verbally

7.00 Wrap up

7.15 Mingle and network

7.30 Stay on at Duke of Brunswick Hotel for meal or snacks if inclined


Past Events:

We would like to invite you to attend the Launch and first Annual General Meeting for the newly establishing Nature Based Outdoor Network of South Australia (NBONSA) at 4pm on 3 November in the Conference Room at the rear of the Office for Sport, Recreation and Racing, 27 Valetta Road, Kidman Park, SA 5025.


NBONSA is registered as an incorporated body, with web site, management system, code of ethics, and strategic plan.


The objects of NBONSA are:

• to undertake activities and communication that support participation in inclusive, safe and sustainable nature-based outdoor activities in South Australia

• to promote opportunities to improve the health and lifestyle of all South Australians through nature based outdoor activities

• to provide expertise, guidance and advocacy for the development and maintenance of nature based outdoor activities throughout South Australia

• to provide opportunities for organisations to link together and develop common policies, actions and services such as social justice actions

• to provide an avenue for communication to and from state and national bodies, government and other relevant organisations to ensure the voices of nature based outdoor organisations are heard and incorporated in all major decisions


A key activity for NBONSA will be to develop a South Australian Nature Based Outdoor Activities Statewide Plan. This will be a guiding document prepared by member organisations of NBONSA that seeks to provide vision and direction to government, private and not-for-profit organisations. The document will acknowledge current state-wide and national plans and provide direction and clarity to the contribution that nature-based outdoor activity organisations can make to established plans as well as direction for further developments.


Projected overlapping and inter-related plans are:

• Inclusion Plan: Maximize opportunities for all abilities to take part in safe, inclusive nature-based outdoor activities. The plan includes attention to disadvantaged groups, particularly youth, women and girls, socio-economically disadvantaged, disabled, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LBGTQI, rural and remote, and older Australians.

• Outdoor Activity Participation Plan: Enhance participation in nature-based outdoor activities; build confidence and competency of people of difference ages, abilities and cultural groups to be physically active in nature.

• Safe Practice Plan: Maximize safe practice and incident response strategies

• Employment and Training Plan: Maximize sustainable employment, training, professional development, and careers in nature-based outdoor activities.

• Conservation and Sustainability Plan: Maximize contribution of nature-based outdoor activities to support conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use of natural environments.

• Shared Use of Nature-Based Environments Plan: Enhance experience and equitable access to nature-based environments for different outdoor activities.

• Aboriginal Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP): Maximize the potential for nature-based activities to support reconciliation efforts.

• Outdoor Education in Schools Plan: Provide opportunities for all schools and all year levels to have access to a sequential and developmental outdoor education program.

• Viability Plan: Work with organisations collectively in areas that impact on organisational viability such as insurance, staffing and legislative requirements.


The Launch will commence with an Acknowledgement of Country, followed by a panel of organisational representatives who will discuss key strategic questions to help guide and inform the Nature-Based Outdoor Network in SA.


• What are the shared interests between your organisation and NBONSA?

• How could NBONSA connect with your organisation and interests?

• What do you see as the current gaps that a NBONSA might address?

• What are the opportunities for collaborative work with NBONSA from your organisation’s perspective?

• What outcomes would you like to see from a Nature-Based Outdoor Network in SA?


We hope you will be able to join us at the Launch and AGM - you can RSVP your intention to

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Scott Polley on 0411 142 187.

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