Victorian Child and Nature Connection Events -
February 2014
Victorian Child and Nature Connection

Dear all,

We hope you had a fantastic break with lots of quality time in nature!

We have a few exciting events coming up. We hope you can join us!

1) Nature Play Week - celebrating your work

From 1-6 April 2014, the very first Nature Play Week will take place in Victoria, putting the spotlight on all things Nature Play. From play in the backyard and at the local park to inspiring nature play workshops across various wonderful locations, to film screenings, to a full-weekend kids adventure festival in Mount Baw Baw... we look forward to celebrating the amazing work that you do.

Are you a nature play organiser or enthusiast? We warmly invite you to list your activity or event as part of Nature Play Week. No matter how big or small your initiative or group, if you fill in this quick form, we will add your initiative to the online events calendar:
If you know of others who would be interested in being involved, please forward them the link to the form. Many thanks.

Thanks to everyone who has helped to create Nature Play Week. Together, we have developed a great concept document with the why, what and how and some key messages we can use in promoting our work. We are very happy to email you this document upon request.

Nature Play Week is a part of Premier's Active April, a State Government initiative aiming to get more people active and outdoors.
For the diary: confirmed events include:

Apr 1, 10 am - Launch of Nature Play Week, Mueller Hall, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Apr 1, 10 am -12 pm - Nature, Play and your Child, workshop for parents. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Apr 1, 9.30 -11 am - Aussie Bush Easter Celebration by Natured Kids, George Pentland Botanic Gardens, Frankston
Apr 1, 1-3 pm  - Free nature play activities for children with the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden Volunteers
Apr 1, 7-9 pm - Screening of the film Project WildThing, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
Apr 2, 10-12 pm -  Nature, Play and your Child, workshop for parents. Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Apr 1, 9.30-11 am - Aussie Bush Easter Celebration by Natured Kids, George Pentland Botanic Gardens, Frankston
Apr 2, 1-2.30 pm - Screening of the film Project WildThing, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Apr 5-6, All Day - The Mount Baw Baw Kids Adventure Festival:
Apr 6, 11am - 2pm (TBC) -  Lake Victoria walk, Hosted by Muddy Boots and Sandy Hands, Point Lonsdale

Details of all events will be posted on our website shortly.
2) Richard Louv is coming to Australia - Sat 22 February 1pm

We are proud to partner with the Australian Conservation Foundation on the Melbourne leg of Richard Louv's speaking tour.

Richard Louv, Co-founder of the Children and Nature Network in the United States, and international speaker and author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, will discuss the social, mental, physical and ultimately conservation benefits of human connection with nature.

Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. 

Louv makes a convincing case that we are entering the most creative period in history, that in fact this century will be the era of human restoration in the natural world.

Connected by Nature: In conversation with Richard Louv will offer renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.

When: Saturday 22 February 2014.

Where: RMIT Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Time: 1.00pm -3.00pm

Book your tickets here:

This event is part of the wonderful Sustainable Living Festival.

This event is proudly sponsored by Australian Camps Association, YMCA Victoria, Outdoors Victoria and Outdoor Education Group.

For other events at the festival, check out, in particular the Australian Premiere of the Film Project Wild Thing:

3) Toolbox for Environmental Change

Greening Australia and partners are pleased to present the 2014 Melbourne Toolbox for Environmental Change Forum.

With dozens of workshops and displays, the Toolbox for Environmental Change forum is recognised as the ‘one stop shop’ for curriculum resources, networking and ideas for taking environmental action and promoting sustainability within school communities. The next forum will be held at Melbourne Museum on Thursday the 20th of March 2014.

The full workshop program is now online and calling for registrations

The registration fee is $130 for VAEE members and $150 for non members. Click on the link below and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to register for your 3 workshops. Once logged on, click the blue icon next to the workshop title to access workshop abstracts.

For more information, contact Jim Mead:
  We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Best wishes,

The VCNC Team.

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