Welcome to Nature Play Week

Nature Play Week 2019 (April 17-28) Call for Applications is now open! To register an event, please fill in the survey by clicking here

Your idea does not have to be big, or complicated. The beautiful thing about nature play is that it can be as simple as going to the local park with a group of friends or neighbours and letting the kids run free. Nature play isn’t about adults prescribing outdoor activities with rules for children to follow. Nature play is about taking kids into nature and allowing them the time, space and freedom to explore, discover, and find wonder in the natural world.

We look forward to receiving your entry. Thank you for giving kids the opportunity to get outside and experience nature!

We are looking for a Nature Play Support Volunteer

If you have a passion for connecting kids to nature, are organised, a bit tech savvy and have about 5 hours a week to spend with more availability during NPW itself (April 17-28), we would love to hear from you! Please click the link below for a more detailed position description.

KINN Nature Play Week volunteer pd

Thanks for joining us for Nature Play Week 2018!

Nature Play Week 2018 was celebrated from April 11 – 22 with over 150 events by 70+ organisations!

The launch event was celebrated in conjunction with Botanica- A Village in the Australian Garden! The event took place Wednesday 11 April, 10.30-11am (formal proceedings, arrive at 10 am for a 10.30 start) followed by Nature Play in Botanica – A Village in the Australian Garden, Cranbourne Gardens.
Curated by artist Darryl Cordell, and inspired by his childhood in the bush, Botanica offers families the opportunity to work together to build a unique village, building cubbies and creatures using natural materials collected from the Gardens. 

This map shows where Nature Play Week events took place in 2018.

Nature Play Week celebrates initiatives of all shapes and sizes that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. The week was developed collaboratively by individuals and organisations involved in the Kids in Nature Network

Nature Play Week 2018 ran from 11-22 April, featuring over 150 events staged by more than 70 groups across Victoria and beyond. 15,000 people participated! Thanks to everyone who staged and event or volunteered their time, energy and expertise.  Without you, Nature Play Week would not exist!

Nature Play Week won the Event of the Year 2017 VIC/TAS Award, was a National Finalist in the Awards of Excellence for Event of the Year 2017 awarded by Parks and Leisure Australia, was a Finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2016 and won the People’s Choice Award 2016 in the the community category.


For the full media release, please click here

Thanks to everyone who contributes to making Nature Play Week such a huge success, and growing the movement of connecting children to nature!

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Graeme Base launches the very first Nature Play Week in 2014