We're excited that you will be joining us at our Nature Play WA inaugural Children and Nature Conference in Fremantle on Sunday August 28.
You will be joining some of the world’s pre-eminent speakers on the positive impact of nature on children’s health, wellbeing and education during this packed-program one-day event.
We've pulled together the essential information together here in one place for you to scroll through all of the essential information below, or simply click on a topic of interest to get straight to the point.
We have one last thing we'd like you to do before you arrive on Sunday - download our brand new free Nature Play WA app. It contains all the conference information and will be the best way to ask questions throughout the day. Just search for "Nature Play WA" in your app store to find it!
Getting Here | Location | Parking | Registration | Photo Consent | Dress Code | Program | Concurrent Sessions | Questions/Panel | Speakers | Delegate Bag | Exhibition Tables | Catering | Wifi | Sundowner | Sponsors
Please note that it is also the Chevron City To Surf for Activ. It will be important to plan your route ahead of time as there will be many road closures around Perth on Sunday 28th August.
To help plan ahead, check out the Perth City To Surf Road Closures.
The Esplanade Hotel - by Rydges
46-54 Marine Terrace
Fremantle WA 6160
+61 8 9432 4000
There are many parking options for your convenience.
Hotel Valet Parking
For resident guests, valet parking is provided at a discounted rate of $20.00 per 24hrs.
Valet parking for guests not staying at the hotel wishing to utilise the hotel's secure valet parking service, please pull up to the front driveway and the Concierge will park your vehicle for you and then retrieve it on your departure. This service is provided at a cost of $29.50 for the day/night and is payable on departure.
Collie Street Car Park
Collie Street car park is a multi story, undercover facility located on Collie Street, behind the Esplanade Hotel. For delegates, parking at this facility is $22.00 a day* with the presentation of a parking discount voucher. Overnight surcharges apply.
On arrival to Fremantle, enter the car park and collect a parking ticket as per normal. Before leaving the hotel, collect a parking discount voucher from the Concierge desk. When at the ticket machine, insert the Discount voucher followed by your regular ticket to receive the discount.
*please note Collie Street carpark is a third-party service provider and has its own schedule of fees.
If vehicles are left overnight, or for multiple days, additional overnight charges will apply. This is additional to discounted day rates, where valid vouchers are supplied.
Fremantle Parking Map
Fremantle Parking App (apple iTunes)
There will be plenty of three hour payable street parking surrounding the venue available early in the day, however you will need to move your car every three hours and pay an additional three hour parking fee. As Fremantle is a busy family destination on weekends, as the day gets on it may become more difficult to find additional street parking.
Registration on the day of the conference is from 8.30am followed by tea and coffee. The Conference will commence shortly after 9am. With more than 300 delegates, please ensure you allow plenty of time to collect your registration and delegate bag before moving into the main plenary room at 9am.
When you purchased your conference ticket you gave your photo consent as part of the terms and conditions of conference tickets. As per the terms and conditions you agreed to when purchasing the tickets, if you do not wish to be recognised in any photography or videography on the day, please ensure you make yourself known at the registration desk where you will be issued with a coloured arm band that must be worn and visible to ensure you are not in any photography or videography on the day.
Sunday is a traditional day to relax and we want you to be comfortable and enjoy the conference. Please come along in smart casual attire with jeans acceptable.
Refresh your memory with our Conference Program. You'll have a copy on the back of your registration lanyard as well as a copy within your conference program in your delegate pack on the day.
As you will know from the conference program on our website, you have the opportunity to attend one of three concurrent sessions in the afternoon. Spaces in each session are strictly limited and while all attendees will have the pleasure of attending one of the three sessions, registration is essential. You will be asked to choose your first, second and third preference of concurrent sessions, and we will endeavour to provide everyone with their first choice
We do ask that if you have multiple attendees from your organisation or business, to please spread your attendees across the three concurrent sessions to maximise your conference experience, enable your team to experience multiple streams of information and allow the greatest diversity of attendees across each session.
Registration for concurrent sessions has now closed. We are very pleased to advise that everyone who registered got their first or second preference. If you did not specifiy which session you preferred, we allocated this for you.
Please check your name tag lanyard for confirmation of your concurrent session.
Later in the afternoon after the concurrent sessions, our Key Note Speakers will come together as a panel to answer questions you may have.
The easiest way to ask questions on the day is to download the "Nature Play WA" app from your app store, navigate to the events and conference section and go to Panel Questions.
Questions that will be discussed by the panel will be selected from questions asked by you, using questions forms available at the question station in the foyer or questions asked via the app.
Please ask your questions via the app or place your questions in the provided box by 2.30pm in order to be considered for the panel Q&A session.
Nature Play WA presents some of the world’s pre-eminent speakers on the impact of nature on children’s health, development and education at the Children and Nature Conference, bringing together leaders in paediatric immunology, public health policy, nature-based education, nature philanthropy and political engagement, MCed by comedian (and Friends of Nature Play WA Ambassador) Peter Rowsthorn.
Once you have been through the registration desk and are wearing your delegate lanyard with name ID, make your way to one of the Nature Play WA team in the exhibition hall who will provide you with your delegate bag, full of goodies and information including an official conference program, Nature Play WA USB containing key conference information and resources, and a notepad and pen all conveniently packaged in a beautiful cotton tote bag.
We know you are going to feel more motivated and inspired than ever before during the conference, so we have invited a select group of organisations and businesses who can help you turn your inspiration and motivation into action. Make sure you check out the information on their tables and have a chat before the conference, during morning break, lunch and afternoon break.
You will be well looked after throughout the day with coffee and tea upon arrival, a delicious savoury and sweet option with coffee and tea at morning and afternoon break, and a delicious buffet-style standing lunch.
When you registered for the conference we asked if you had any dietary requirements. All dietary requirements have been provided to the venue catering and all food options will be well labeled allowing you to make informed decisions on what options you select from the buffet and snack items throughout the day.
Complimentary Wifi is available for all Conference Delegates.
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After the official closure of the conference, it is our pleasure to invite you to join the Nature Play WA team, conference speakers and other other attendees for a drink and canapes from 5pm - 6pm.
Enjoy a relaxing wind down after our packed day of presentations, and top off your weekend in the Marine Lounge Bar in the foyer of The Esplanade Hotel - by Rydges.
Upon arrival at the Sundowner, you will receive a voucher to redeem one of the following complimentary drinks:
- White Wine
- Red Wine
- Sparkling Wine
- Juice or Soft Drink
You may also purchase additional or alternative beverages at your own convenience directly from the bar. Attendees will also enjoy a complimentary selection of delicious canapes.
The Children and Nature Conference would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, and we would like to thank them for their contribution.