Kids In Nature Network - Newsletter March 2014.
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Hello everyone.

After three and half years of working as Victorian Child and Nature Connection, we are delighted to introduce our new identity.

Our new website will be launched soon.
Please stay tuned.
Well we've had a fantastic time with Richard Louv here in Melbourne!
It was so exciting to facilitate Richard’s participation in a Tanderrum, a traditional Welcome to Country smoking ceremony on arrival in Australia. The ceremony was led by Charles Solomon and followed by a guided walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
Richard was blown away by this, his very first smoking ceremony and what this symbolises. We are deeply aware of the connection and care indigenous people have for nature and we are enormously appreciative of the learning we receive each time we participate in these ceremonies. Thanks Charles!
Christine Joy, early childhood education expert, co-designer of the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden and member of the Victorian Child and Nature Connection executive then took Richard on a tour of the beautiful Children's Garden. It was inspiring to hear Christine talk about the complex thinking behind the design of the garden - how through playing here children are able to explore with all their senses and lead their own play experiences.
VCNC was proud to partner with the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) for the Nature Connect Conference on Friday 21st March. Thanks to everyone who attended! With over 100 thought, industry and community leaders across health, education, early childhood learning, sport, recreation, infrastructure and conservation coming together to discuss how we can create a nature rich future for our children it was a great day!
Richard Louv inspired us with a challenge to create 'nature-rich' cities and we also heard from Dr Robert Grenfell from the National Heart Foundation, Dr Barbara Chancellor, Early Childhood Education expert, Ian Shears, Urban Design Manager for the City of Melbourne and Jonathan La Nauze, Healthy Ecosystems Manager from ACF as well as our very own Cecile van der Burgh sharing the story of our truly unique network. The conference was expertly facilitated by David Seignior from the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and PlayThink Inc.
We also partnered with ACF and the Sustainable Living Festival for Richard Louv's Melbourne public event Connected by Nature: in conversation with Richard Louv on Saturday 22nd February at the beautiful Capital Theatre.
With over 550 people spellbound by Richard's personal stories and compelling argument for bringing nature into the centre of our children's world it was a hugely successful event. Thanks ACF and SLF! And thanks to our wonderful sponsors Outdoors Victoria, the Australian Camps Association, YMCA Victoria, the Outdoor Education Group and the City of Yarra.
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.

The new website with the full program is now online, enjoy!

You are invited
to the
special Nature Play Week launch event
April 1st, 10am-12pm
at Mueller Hall,
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

We will hear from wonderful speakers, including:

Professor Tim Entwisle, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Graeme Base, World leading creator of picture books
Dr. Professor Mardie Townsend, Associate Professor, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University
Claudia Levey, Young leader.

Please RSVP here
If you are coming to the launch, why not check out the other events at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne, on the Nature Play Week website for example, invite your friends to the Project WildThing Film screening

Did you know Nature Play is not just for kids?

Nature Play Week is a part of Premier’s Active April.

Premier’s Active April challenges all Victorians to get more active, more often and do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s fun, it’s free and just by registering every participant gets great sign-up benefits and could share in $40,000 worth of prizes. Register today at

Thanks to our sponsors, The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and Outdoors Victoria for making this initiative possible.

We are looking forward to seeing you out there, at a Nature Play Week event!

Warm regards,

Cecile van der Burgh, Dr Dimity Williams and Christine Joy
Kids in Nature Network.
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