Kids In Nature Network - Newsletter March 2016.
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Hi Everyone,

Nature Play Week 2016 is coming up!

From 6-17 April, come play outside and enjoy an exciting program of over 80 nature experiences for kids across Victoria and beyond. 

For kids and families, Nature Play Week is a great way to discover and explore the gardens, parks, beaches and rivers on our doorstep in a supportive environment. The program includes a two-day kids active outdoors festival, family nature days, bushwalks, unique encounters with frogs, birds, burrowers, bats and bugs and nature clubs, special scavenger hunts and nature art.

The program also features several great networking and professional development events for practitioners, teachers, land managers and parents, including:
  • A bush kinder site tour followed by the forum "Rewilding public spaces" - by The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Featuring Bushkinder Doug, Dr. Julie Rudner, Clare Hart and Mick Robertson - Wednesday 6 April (following the Nature Play Week launch)
  • The Pedagogy and Practice in Nature Education Conference - by the Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne featuring a keynote address by Dr. Sue Elliott - Saturday 16th April
  • Come celebrate the start of nature play week and get involved in the wonderful network working to reconnect kids and nature in Victoria: join us at the launch event of Nature Play Week, followed by outdoor networking.

Nature Play Week launch event
Wednesday 6 April 9.30am-11.15am
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Featuring author Jackie French and welcome addresses by Prof. Tim Entwisle (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria) and Cecile van der Burgh (Kids In Nature Network)
Bookings essential (free event)

Have a look at the full program, 
invite your friends and family and join us!

Nature Play Week is a part of Premiers' Active April. If you have not registered yet, join in here for 30 mins of physical activity a day!

We would like to thank everyone who has hosted an event, contributed or volunteered, our core partner Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and our supporters The Department of Health and Human Services and Sport and Recreation Victoria for making this initiative possible.

We are looking forward to see you out there!

Cecile van der Burgh, Christine Joy, Emily Barrow and Sanne de Swart.
Kids in Nature Network 
About us
Kids in Nature Network is 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 and nature. Our network is diverse with leaders from the health, education, environment, outdoors, urban planning, community, arts and many other sectors.
Our vision
Every kid has every opportunity to experience, love and look after nature.
Our work
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 also facilitate Nature Play Week, a celebration of your work and all things nature play. Since 2011, we have held over a dozen of networking seminars with local and international speakers including Graeme Base, Alison Lester, 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.

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