On stage and in the media

Since 2014, Lukas has been talking about Risky Play and Sustainability at childcare centres across Australia. He has created opportunities for tens of thousands of children through reaching educators at workshops and conferences, by invitation both locally and across the globe. Lukas’s first international talk was in Finland and most recent was in Seattle, USA.


Key note

Lukas is well known for his infectious enthusiasm and energy on stage. He is so passionate about what he does and it’s no surprise that participants leave his workshops and speeches feeling inspired to take immediate action. Speaking predominantly about sustainability in education and development, Lukas also wants you to know that play is an essential accessory to learning. For more information about these subjects, please refer to Education.

For key note engagements, please contact Caitlin.

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Lukas Ritson, The Outdoor Educator, speaks to schools in Finland about why it's important for kids to be kids! These schools are leading the world without forcing reading and writing to children before they turn 8 or 9.

Past Speaking Engagements - Highlights


Childhood Summit 2019, Nature Play QLD, Brisbane QLD


Korczak International Conference, Seattle USA
Parks Alive, Brisbane Marketing / City Council, Brisbane QLD
ECTA - 43rd Annual Conference, Brisbane QLD
ECE Conference, Dookie University VIC


Sustainability in Early Education, Creative Council of Education 5th Symposium, Tampere, Finland
CELA QLD Director's Retreat, Gold Coast QLD
Nature Play & Sustainability, TAFE Queensland, Gold Coast QLD


Early Childhood Association (ECA) NSW Far North Coast Conference, Gold Coast
TEC16 The Educator's Conference, Tamworth (NSW), Newcastle (NSW), Cairns (QLD), Adelaide (SA) & Melbourne (VIC)
Green Heart Fair, CitySmart, Brisbane
Centenary Rocks! Festival, CitySmart, Brisbane


2015 Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland Conference, Brisbane
TEC15 The Educators Conference, Melbourne (VIC), Sydney and Newcastle (NSW)
Green Heart Fair, CitySmart, Brisbane


Seasonal Planting for Beginners, Sustainable Living Workshops, Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane
TEC14 The Educators Conference, The Pullman Hotel, Brisbane
Goodlife Wellness Festival, Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane
Critical Reflection and Environmental Sustainability, Brisbane
The Outdoor Educator, Embedding Sustainability, Sydney

On the panel in Finland, CCE 2017

On the panel in Finland, CCE 2017

I believe wholeheartedly that this is where we can make a difference in a child’s education. Natural play gives children the opportunity to develop strength, resilience, passion, and a connection and relationship with the limitless potential of their environment.
— Lukas Ritson
2019 Finalist - Childhood Education Services  2019 Finalist - Entrepreneur of the Year, Lukas Ritson

2019 Finalist - Childhood Education Services

2019 Finalist - Entrepreneur of the Year, Lukas Ritson


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