Welcome to Nature Play Week

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

Thanks for joining us for the Nature Play Week 2018 Launch Event.

This year, 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.


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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