From 11-19 April 2015, Nature Play Week brings together and celebrates initiatives of all shapes and sizes that reconnect children with nature. Have a look at the program and get inspired :)
Over forty groups â€“ organisations, schools, kinders, parents - across Victoria and beyond will share their work with the wider community.
Together, we have created a program that features more than 65 events for kids and adults. The calendar of events includes nature play events as well as professional development events. Pick your favourite events, let your networks know and get involved!
Hear from keynote speaker Alison Lester, one of Australiaâ€™s most beloved creators of childrenâ€™s books, on children and our need for interaction with the natural world. Exchange ideas with children, students, and educators.
Select from a range of outdoor learning opportunities on how to use your local parks, gardens and reserves as a fertile ground to inspire healthy and active lifestyles and encourage childrenâ€™s imaginative play.
Brought to you by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Kids in Nature Network, in partnership with Macedon Shire Council, Department of Health & Human Services, Premierâ€™s Active April and Playgroup Victoria
Nature Play Week is a part of Premierâ€™s Active April.
Premierâ€™s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. Itâ€™s free, itâ€™s fun and itâ€™s part of the Victorian Governmentâ€™s commitment to get more people active and healthy.
You can create and join teams with family and friends and use the online Activity Tracker to log your daily activity and track your progress throughout the month. Plus, you can discover events near you and everyone who registers receives some great freebies and the chance to win awesome prizes.
Register today at activeapril.vic.gov.au
Take it Outside grants give you the opportunity to take your programs and activities outside by supporting you to buy equipment or resources that will support this move. These grants are available to not for profit organisations, charitable organisations and local government authorities but we are always interested in hearing from like-minded groups who could benefit from the opportunity to take your work outside.
Examples might include: marquees and beanbags, repairs to a community bus, wet weather gear.
Grants of $500-$1500 are available to purchase resources or equipment that will support you to take your programs and activities outdoors.
Before submitting your application we suggest you familiarise yourself with the Active in Parks program by exploring our full website. We also request that you register your activities or programs on Whatâ€™s On Outdoors through the members section of the website.
2) Our Neighbourhood Community Grants â€“ Australia Post
The 2015 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program encourages community organisations to apply for funding of one-off cash payments of up to $10,000. The Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program recognises the important role our smaller charities and community groups play in connecting people, and positively shaping our nation.
Projects will need to benefit the wider community, align with the key focus areas and primary audiences, and meet an immediate need of the community. The 2015 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants open on Monday, 23 February 2015 and will close on Thursday, 2 April 2015 (5pm AWST).
About Kids in Nature Network
We are a cross-sectoral network in Victoria, Australia, which acts to empower, connect and grow a movement of individuals and organisations that are committed to reconnecting children to nature. Our network is diverse with participants from health, education, environment, outdoors, urban planning, community, arts and many other sectors.
Every kid has every opportunity to experience, love and look after nature.
We work by providing unique opportunities for collaboration and capacity building and through open sharing of experiences, ideas and knowledge amongst our members and allies. We facilitate Nature Play Week, a celebration of all things Nature Play. Since 2011, we have held over a dozen of networking seminars with local and international speakers including Graeme Base, Dr. Mardie Townsend Dr. Tim Gill, David Bond, Dr. Michael Ungar and many others. We have co-hosted the Nature Connect Conference in 2014 featuring Richard Louv, Author and Co-founder of the Children and Nature Network in the USA. We recently presented our work at the World Parks Congress.
Nature Play Week partners
We would like to thank all partners who make Nature Play Week possible. In particular, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as our core partners and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, our core sponsor.
We hope to see you out there soon!
Cecile van der Burgh, Christine Joy, Dr. Dimity Williams and Emily Barrow.
Kids in Nature Network.