In this newsletter:
Nature Play Week a Finalist!
Vote for Nature Play Week in the People's Choice Award (and win $500!)
Nature Play Week 2017 dates announced
Kids In Nature Network's Submission to the Victorian Biodiversity Strategy
Participate in the inaugural Victorian nature play and outdoor learning survey
Play Australia Conference: Managing Risk in the Early Years Services
Wanted: CEO for Outdoors Victoria
Copy for KINN newsletter and social media
Nature Play Week is a finalist! Congratulations and a huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to this signature initiative over the past three years: all partners, event hosts, organisers, participants and supporters!
This is the result of one big collective effort to get more kids playing outside in nature and a great opportunity to promote your important work to a greater audience!
Vote for Nature Play Week and win $500
To help us get your work in the spotlights and help grow opportunities for all Victorian kids to play and learn in nature, vote for Nature Play Week in the People’s Choice Awards. Voting closes this Friday 30 September, 5pm!
To help us spread the word, please like and share our posts on social media far and wide and encourage your networks of colleagues, family and friends to vote too. Many thanks!
Nature Play Week 2017 dates announced!
12 – 23 April
If you are thinking of hosting an event in 2017, please watch this space on how to get involved. We warmly welcome your ideas!
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 will include a 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 will also feature several great networking and professional development events for practitioners, teachers, land managers and parents.
Nature Play Week 2016 ran from 6-17 April, featuring 173 events staged by more than 70 groups across Victoria and beyond. 15,000 people participated this year! Thanks to everyone who staged and event or volunteered their time, energy and expertise. Without you, Nature Play Week would not exist!
For more info, visit www.natureplayweek.org.au
Kids In Nature Network recently wrote a submission to the Victorian Government's Draft Biodiversity Strategy, Protecting Victoria's Environment, Biodiversity 2036.
We highlighted the right of children to connect with nature and to a healthy environment and we shared our ideas on how Stet Government can help support the growing movement that connects kids and nature and the organisations and people who protect and restore nature. What do you think?
Photo by: Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network (ECOLN)
Participate in the inaugural state-wide nature play, bush kinder and outdoor learning survey
Your work getting kids outside and reconnected with nature is vitally important and we would love to be able to find ways to better support what you do.
That’s why Kids In Nature Network has teamed up with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Parks Victoria, Westgarth Bush Kinder, Early Childhood Outdoors Learning Network, Manningham City Council and The Department of Health and Human Services Victoria to gather some important key data to help support and grow the Kids In Nature movement in Victoria.
The inaugural state-wide nature play, bush kinder and outdoor learning survey will shortly be launched shortly on our websites inviting anyone offering nature play/outdoor learning opportunities for children aged 0-12 years. Individuals or groups interested in or trying to set up nature play activities for children in Victoria are also warmly invited to participate.
We will post a link on our social media and forward a link in our next newsletter once the survey is out! We'd love to hear your views!
Picture by Narelle Debenham, Natured Kids.
Everything you need to know about managing risk in Early Years services?
Play Australia in collaboration with Environmental Education in Early Childhood (EEEC), invites you to attend a One Day Conference to be held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse on FridayNovember 25 commencing at 9.30am and finishing at 3.30pm.
Presenters include Dr. Sue Elliott, Mary Jeavons, Elizabeth Cummins, Bron Joslyn, Joey Boothby, Cecile van der Burgh and Dr. Barbara Chancellor.
Outdoors Victoria, the lead voice for Victoria’s outdoor recreation, education, therapy and nature-based tourism community, is seeking an experienced and capable leader to help grow their influence and capability.
If you have any upcoming events or news you'd like to share with the network, please do not hesitate to post them to our Facebook pages , tag us in your post, tweet @Kids_In_Nature or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - whilst we cannot share every single post, we will try to help out where we can. Thanks for sharing your inspiring and important work with the world!
We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Cecile, Chris, Emily, Sanne, Georga, Kim and Eva.
Kids In Nature Network
The 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 a series of networking seminars with local and international speakers including Graeme Base, Alison Lester, Jackie French, Prof. Tim Entwisle, 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 who inspires us deeply. We recently presented our work at the World Parks Congress.