Nature Play Week 2019 ran from April 17-28 with lots of wonderful events!
Nature Play Week was developed collaboratively by individuals and organisations involved in the Kids in Nature Network and encourages parents and kids (and people of all ages) to take a break from screens and spend time playing outside in nature. Nature Play Week is part of Premier’s Active April campaign.
Nature Play Week 2019 was built on the success of its previous years, with over eighty organisations and/or individuals organising events. The week featured over 100 separate events, several of which were held more than once during the week, totaling in 150 events throughout Nature Play Week and an estimated 15,000 participants.
This year’s Nature Play Week featured a statewide junior rangers nature treasure hunt in seven national parks, a state-wide big bushwalk which took place in fifteen different locations across Victoria, the Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS) at YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp, family nature club events, garden play, bug hunts, birdwatching and much more. The week also presented a number of events for personal and professional development in engaging and conducting nature play activities and events for kids.
2019 Nature Play Launch
Proudly presented by the Kids in Nature Network (KINN) in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, the theme of this year’s launch focused on Children’s voices and ensuring an ongoing dialogue around conservation, sustainability and the importance of nature for all.
The launch event took place Wednesday 17 April,9:30-10:00 am (formal proceedings) followed by Nature Play in the Gardens held at the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden within the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. The event was well attended, with over 700 people joining us throughout the morning. Speakers included David Tournier from the Boonwurrung Foundation, Ed Krutsch from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and School Strike for Climate, Ultra-marathon Ocean Swimmer and World Champion Chloe Mc Cardel, to Robin Penty and Ella Mulvey from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, to the wonderful Mia (8) and Ellie (5) Renowden from Leap into Nature and Cecile van der Burgh (KINN).