Kids In Nature Network - Newsletter December 2014.
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Nature Play Week 2015
After the great success of the inaugural Nature Play Week in April this year, thanks to everyone who was a part of it, we are thrilled to announce that Nature Play Week 2015 will take place from 11 to 19 April!

We now warmly invite your involvement!

 
Hosting a Nature Play Week Event is easy:
1. Please fill in this form with the name and some details of your event or activity
www.natureplayweek.org.au
2. If some details are yet to be confirmed, not to worry: please insert the words “to be confirmed” or “tbc” in the dedicated space.
3. We encourage you to submit your ideas/dates before Tuesday 23 December. You can provide details of your event until 30 January.

Check out our website:
www.natureplayweek.org.au
 
Anyone can be a part of Nature Play Week! Your event does not need to be complicated or ambitious; it can be as simple as visiting the local park with your playgroup and let the kids run free. We advise that if you coordinate an event for children, it is important to have a working with children check card. Also, if you are hosting an event in a public space it is always good to inform council (or other land managers) in advance.
Nature Play in the media

Kids in Nature Network collaborated with Victoria Walks, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Westgarth Bush Kinder on a 2-page feature article in The Age. Just in case you missed it, here it is!
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/overprotected-overorganised--why-kids-need-time-to-play-20140725-ztq7p.html

This included a special article on Westgarth Bush Kinder and the inspiring bush kinder movement!
http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/better-out-than-in-westgarth-bush-kindergarten-plunges-kids-back-into-nature-20140717-ztyxx.html?rand=1406331807502

There was also a great episode in ABC Catalyst in October:
http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4099330.htm
 
Project Wild Thing film screenings
In August, film maker David Bond, from Project Wild Thing visited Australia! We helped facilitate some of the action and connections around his visit and really enjoyed the film screening with colleagues from the Australian Camps Association, Outdoors Victoria and Play Australia at Collingwood Town Hall. If you like to host a screening of Project Wild Thing, please let us know and we will help get the word out there! Email info@kidsinnaturenetwork.org.au

Meeting David Bond was inspiring.
 
World Parks Congress
Kids in Nature Network had the pleasure of presenting our work at the IUCN World Parks Congress this week alongside with Cheryl Charles, President from the Children and Nature Network from the USA, Griffin Longley, CEO from Nature Play WA and Matt McClelland, Founder of Nature Play NSW. This conference attracted over 6000 participants from over 170 countries met at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia. It was great to meet nature play enthusiasts from all over Australia and indeed the world and share ideas and experiences. Have a look at our facebook pages for some pics of the week and links to initiatives. We look forward to share some inspiring programs on our facebook pages in the next few months. For more information and the full program and speakers of this once in a decade event, visit: http://www.worldparkscongress.org/index.html - stream 3 and 8 were especially relevant to the children and nature theme.
Discover the Children’s Garden Holiday Program
Specifically designed programs at the Ian Potter Foundation’s Children’s Garden will take your vacation care group on a journey of discovery. Group bookings are available for care groups, including council, school and Camp Australia run groups. Recommended for primary and early childhood children, please contact our education staff to discuss the specific needs of your group.
Programs run for one and half hours and you can choose from two of the following activities: ponding, planting a seedling, pot pourri making or meeting the worms. For further information please contact the Education Services Team to discuss your specific program needs. Phone: 039252 2358 or email: edserv@rbg.gov.au - For more information on the Children's Garden, click here!
Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship program 2015
Want to grow your capacity to influence and create positive change?
The Centre for Sustainability Leadership's 2015 Fellowship Program ins inviting applications! Some have described this program as a "life changing experience", others as "the True North that helped [them] find the contribution [they] wanted to make in this world." This award-wining program which, is now in its 10th year, is designed for emerging leaders from any field who are passionate about realising positive change in their work and personal lives. To learn more about this unique opportunity, visit http://www.csl.org.au/programs/fellowship. Final applications for 2015 programs are due 21 February, 2015.
F: @sustainabilityleadership
T: @CSLaustralia
I: @cslaustralia

Active in Parks website launched
At the World Parks Congress People and Parks Foundation launched their Active in Parks website, bringing together ideas for connecting families and others to green places in their local areas. We especially recommend you keep an eye on the children and families section. If you would like to share a your initiative or a great place to connect with nature with a broader audience, you can contribute to the website by getting in touch here: www.activeinparks.org

We wish you a wonderful festive season and hope to see you again soon!

Warm regards,

Cecile van der Burgh, Christine Joy, Dr. Dimity Williams and Emily Barrow.
Kids in Nature Network.
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
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