Established in 2017, Outdoor Connections brings together Dr Amanda Lloyd and Penny Sadubin, women passionate about the value of outdoorsy childhoods and helping to forge those links between children and their world. So we can build a confident, healthy next generation with the skills and desire to care for the environment and help ensure not only fun, adventure-filled childhoods now but a safe and sustainable future.
Dr Amanda Lloyd
Dr Amanda Lloyd is an experienced Primary School teacher with 17 years experience in the classroom and in leadership roles. Beyond the school level Amanda is actively involved in environmental education networks. She is the founder of the Nature Educators Network Australia (NENA) for the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). Amanda has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences and is a spokeswoman for Planet Ark. She has published articles in academic journals, teacher magazines and been featured on television. Amanda has completed study tours to England and Denmark to research international best outdoor practice.
Amanda has always spent her free time: on a bike, bushwalking, a boat, swimming in the ocean and generally enjoying the outdoors. This led her into a field of research that developed her life experiences into educational opportunities for others. Amanda’s PhD topic researched the advantages of outdoor learning for Primary School students. Her passion is holistically developing the skills of our children to become active citizens in our world. She is currently working as an educational consultant, developing educational programs and delivering professional development to teachers.
Penny is an artist, landscape designer and educator. The landscape around us is the vital thread that links all of Penny’s work. Her childhood was spent busily exploring the outdoors and this shaped her strong eco-awareness. This environmental connection informs all of what she does today. An avid cyclist and bushwalker, Penny loves sharing outdoor adventures with her family of 2 kids, husband and dog.
Penny’s career has evolved from her Fine Art degree study to encompass community arts, creative workshop facilitation and education. During the 17 years that Penny lived in London, she studied Garden Design and ran her own landscape consultancy business as well as working as an artist. The experience of becoming a mother sparked Penny’s interest in how children learn and experience the world around them. It prompted further study as a Forest School leader. Penny now combines many years of experience to offer consultation and design for nature inspired playscapes, school environments, hands-on learning sessions and community workshops for people of all ages.
Penny set up Outdoor Connections alongside educator Dr Amanda Lloyd in 2016 and is enjoying building their business around connecting children to adventurous outdoor experiences and a treasured connection to the natural world around us.
For more information please visit www.pennysadubin.com