Thank you for all the inspiring work you have done in 2015 to get kids outdoors and connected with nature. It's been a fantastic year for the new nature movement here in Victoria, with lots of established initiatives growing in impact and reach and with many new exciting initiatives launching!
We have really enjoyed the great culture of collaboration and sharing throughout the state and beyond. Working together helps everyone, and especially kids and nature. A connected, diverse, inclusive movement is truly bigger than the sum of its parts.
We are looking forward to working with you again in 2016 and to celebrating and supporting your work during Nature Play Week, and throughout the year.
Wishing you a happy, peaceful and playful festive season!
Kids in Nature Network
Cecile van der Burgh, Christine Joy, Emily Barrow and Sanne de Swart.
Nature play is diverse and unique. Whether you are in the bush, at the beach, by the river, or in your local park, there is always a way to play.
Based on feedback from participants, we have shifted the dates of Nature Play Week to include school holidays. We understand there is a strong push in early childhood sectors to spend more time outdoors. This is fantastic! Together letâ€™s extend this to bigger kids too.
We are looking forward to receiving your entry!
The launch for Nature Play Week will be held on Wed 6 April, 9.30-10.30am at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.
Nature Play Week is built on your work and the successes of previous years. A huge thank you to everyone who hosted an event or participated this year. Nature Play Week 2015 featured 88 events hosted by 44 organisations across Victoria and beyond. 6000 kids and parents took part in the week!
A special thanks to authors Alison Lester and Graeme Base who championed Nature Play Week in 2015 and 2014.
Thank you to all partners who make Nature Play Week possible! A special thank you to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, our core partner, and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, our core supporter.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback through evaluations. To view the full reports and media coverage, please click here.
Nature Play Week and Westgarth Bush Kinder feature in The Herald Sun, April 2015.
Children & Nature Network 2016 International Conference and Cities & Nature Summit May 24th â€“ 27th, 2016
Saint Paul, MN, USA.
Innovation, collaboration & commitment are the key ingredients for meaningful grassroots change. Join leaders from around the world to learn, connect & build the future of the children and nature movement.
The new Little Seeds Nature Play Group will launch at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in 2016.
They are now inviting families with children aged 3 - 5 to join.
Explore nature in sun or rain as we sing, walk, and most importantly play! Sing songs, hear a seasonal story and learn about the role of play in child development and how to connect young children to the natural world.
For further information and bookings, please contact:
Phone: 03 9252 2358 Email: email@example.com
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.
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 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.