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 Meet 1 of our Outdoor Education Members — Action Learning Initiatives

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Nathan Brown is General Manager at Action Learning Initiatives, based in Jindabyne. Their organisation has been one of our members for over 15 years.

Discover what Nathan has to say about working in the outdoors and Outdoors NSW.

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What’s satisfying about the work you do?

The outdoors has an inherent power to bring people together, to center people in themselves and to make people feel healthy, well and energised. I enjoy being part of programs that take people outside and watching the outdoors do its magic!

What are the 3 things you most value about being a member of Outdoors NSW?

  • We value being part of a community of like-minded individuals and organisations
  • Networking Advice and Support offered by  Outdoors NSW and its predecessor, ORIC.
  • Access to Quality Training and Development

How do you advance outdoor experiences in the work that you do?

The programs we run aim to build skills, knowledge and capacity that will allow young people the opportunity to come back and access the outdoors in a safe and sustainable way in their own time. This could take the form of learning hard skills like paddling strokes, learning how to interpret weather and plan trips or even be as simple as introducing them to a campsite they may come back to with their family.

What’s a favourite experience or place in outdoors NSW?

The Snowy Mountains are special to me. I feel at home here. I love raising my kids here and appreciate the access the area provides to ski turns in the winter and bike riding in the summer.

Any advice to people wanting to get into the outdoor industry in NSW?

Do it! You won’t get paid as much as being a banker or working in insurance but it will be a fulfilling line of work. You’ll spend plenty of time outside, often doing the things you love and you’ll have the potential to work on programs and alongside people to see lives change for the better.

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The Snowy Mountains are home to the mountain plum-pine, a low-lying type of conifer that is suspected of being the world’s oldest living plant.

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