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Join in during Nature Play Week

Nature Play Week 11 – 19 April 2015

Starting this Saturday 11 April, make sure you book early to take part in our special Nature Play Week activities!

Driven by a desire to contribute to a growing culture of change in Victoria, the RBG in partnership with Kids in Nature Network (KINN) is helping to replace screen spaces with green spaces. 

Children today have less free time to spend outside in unstructured nature play. Most children exceed the recommended maximum of 2 hours recreational screen time per day. The result of this is revealing frightening impacts on the health and wellbeing of our youth. Problems include obesity, vitamin D deficiency and short sightedness, to mention a few.

The solution: At least one green hour per day of unstructured, outdoor play in a natural setting.

Nature Play Week (NPW) is a signature event that celebrates initiatives of all shapes and sizes that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. The inaugural NPW ran in 2014 and was a huge success, with over 40 events running across Victoria and an estimated 2000 children outside playing throughout the week.

The Royal Botanic Gardens will celebrate the second year of Nature Play Week by hosting a series of workshops and activities for teachers, parents and children.

Nature Play Week Celebrations

Launch of Nature Play Week and Ecology of the Imagination Workshop (Malmsbury Botanical Gardens)

Join RBG with KINN to launch Nature Play Week with an inspiring workshop held in the beautiful regional Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. With keynote speakers including Alison Lester, one of Australia’s most beloved creators of children’s books and a selection of outdoor workshops, participants will discover and exchange ideas on how to utilise local parks, gardens and reserves to inspire healthy and active lifestyles and encourage imaginative play.

  • When: Tuesday 14 April
  • Where: Malmsbury Botanical Gardens
  • Time: 10am – 3:30pm
  • Cost: $50 includes lunch
  • Bookings: Through Eventbrite

Mini Family Nature Connection Retreat (RBG Melbourne)

Join Nurture in Nature and other nature loving families for some good green family fun at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens during Nature Play Week 2015.

The Mini Family Nature Connection Retreat is a chance to dip your toe in the glorious muddy puddles and wonderfully uninterrupted quality-time of one of our fantastic family retreat experiences.

Nature, play and your child – a workshop for parents (RBG Melbourne)

Find out how to make the most of gardens and other natural settings to stimulate your child’s imagination, creativity, learning and enjoyment of the natural world. This workshop includes discussion about the value of free and structured play, hands-on experiences designed to support you in your role as parent or as facilitator of nature play experiences. Explore the play potential of plants and landscapes in the Children’s Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

  • When: Thursday 16 April
  • Where: RBG Melbourne
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Cost: $25
  • Bookings: (03) 9252 2358

Free Nature Play activities with Polyglot and RBG (RBG Melbourne)

Join Polyglot with RBG for an exciting day of plant based nature play activities on the Oak Lawn and in the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden.

  • When: Friday 17 April
  • Where: Oak Lawn and IPFCG, RBG Melbourne
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Bookings: not required

Seminar: Early Childhood Outdoor Learning (RBG Cranbourne)

Bush Kinder is a rapidly growing learning model in Early Childhood settings. Join us in finding out what is so compelling about this model and what is happening throughout Australia and internationally with Sue Elliott. Hear from Doug Fargher, who has led the way in establishing Victoria’s first Bush Kinder. Explore RBG Cranbourne to find out what is required of a setting and how to deal with risks in the bush.

  • When: Tuesday 14 April
  • Where: Auditorium, RBG Cranbourne
  • Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Cost: $50
  • Bookings: (03) 5990 2200

Woodlands Nature Play walk (RBG Cranbourne)

Celebrate Australian flora, fauna and bush traditions during Nature Play Week on an interactive walk to the Woodlands Picnic Area and playground. Adults and children alike will love the storytelling, literacy, and Nature Play activities. Suitable for children aged 0 - 6 years, this program is proudly supported by the City of Casey.

Suitable for children up to 6 years

  • When: Thursday 16 April
  • Where: Woodland Picnic Area, RBG Cranbourne
  • Time: 9.30 ‒ 11.30am
  • Cost: FREE
  • Bookings: via the City of Casey, call (03) 9705 5200

Proudly presented by the Kids in Nature Network (KINN) in partnership with the Gardens, Nature Play Week encourages parents and kids to take a break from screens and spend time playing outside in nature.