Welcome to Nature Play Week
The inaugural Nature Play Week ran from 1-6 April 2014.
Nature Play Week is a new signature event that celebrates initiatives of all shapes and sizes that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors.
The week was filled with over 40 Nature Play experiences for kids and their families facilitated by dozens of wonderful local organisations, parents and schools across Victoria, and beyond.
Why Nature Play?
Do you remember your favourite childhood place in nature? Where was it? How did you find it? How did you feel when you were there?
Over the past 30 years, we have moved indoors and screen spaces have replaced green places. Use of television, computers, the internet and smartphones, increased parental fear, poor urban planning and more highly structured play and supervision keep kids from playing outside.
This change in the experience of and exposure to nature has led to a gradual distancing between our kids and the natural world and has profound implications for the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health of future generations – and for the health of nature itself.
A growing body of evidence suggests that, from backyards to streets, parks and gardens, from the beach to the bush, kids do better outside!
Nature play is a term used to describe the creation of simple play opportunities in the natural environment. Nature play encourages kids and parents to see the natural environment as a place to enjoy, play, imagine, relax and explore.
Getting your kids involved in Nature Play doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, it can be as simple as a visit to the local park where the kids can roam free. Nature Play Week is a great place to get started.
Nature Play Week was developed collaboratively by individuals and organisations involved in the Kids in Nature Network (previously Victorian Child and Nature Connection).
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 activeapril.vic.gov.au
Kids in Nature Network would like to thank our core partners:
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne
And our sponsors:
The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and Outdoors Victoria