A photo of the outside of the Canning River Eco Education Centre on a sunny day.

Top tips and insider info: plan your visit to Canning River Regional Park with this expert advice

April 14, 2022

For over 10 years, Tracy Lyon has proudly worked as an administration officer and community liaison at Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC). She’s also a Wilson local, living just down the road from Kent Street Weir.   So, it’s no surprise that Tracy has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the animals, […]

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With masks now on in WA primary schools, time in nature is even more important

March 2, 2022

While children (and parents!) may find the new mask rules for children challenging, Nature Play WA has some tips on supporting your child in wearing a mask, and how to help them decompress and wind down when the day at school is over, and the mask comes off.  With Western Australia moving to Level 2 […]

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Growing Bigger Backyards – Thinking Outside the Fence

December 8, 2021

The great Western Australian dream of owning a backyard so vast that your kids stub their toes on the push-mower you lost to the weeds three summers ago while fielding their sister’s cover drive is, let’s just face it, over. The quarter-acre block is dead, and backyards are shrinking faster than a Twisties packet in […]

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Nature-Based Christmas Crafts, Activities and Gift Ideas

November 25, 2021

Over the years we’ve put together collections of our favourite nature-based crafts, activities and gift ideas for the Christmas season. We’ve curated them here, in one place, for you to discover!   Merry and Bright – Christmas Nature Crafts Minimal materials are needed for these projects – as long as you have some paint or […]

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Book Week 2021 – Nature-Themed Books and Places to Explore!

August 13, 2021

Book Week is always an exciting time of year – a time when we, as adults, remember the joy our favourite childhood books gave us, and when our children surprise us with their choice of costume – Halibut Jackson? Really? For 2021 the Childrens’ Book Council of Australia have chosen the theme of – Old […]

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National Reconciliation Week 2021 – More than a word, Reconciliation takes action

May 28, 2021

Aboriginal art workshop at Nature Play WA and City of Gosnells’ International Play Day event with Urban Indigenous It is National Reconciliation Week and I would like to reflect on what I think it means for the children in our community. I will begin with my own lived experience, which, as a non-Aboriginal Australian, places very real limitations on […]

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There’s No Bad Weather, Only Bad Clothes!

May 20, 2021

“It’s cold!” “I’m tired!” “My socks/pants/sleeves are wet!” Ah, the melodious call of the Western Australian Summer-Born Child when the temperature drops below 25 degrees and the cloudy sky has the audacity to release a sprinkling of water. All three of my kids were born in the dry, baking heat that our Summers are famous […]

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The Importance of a WA Play Charter, and How You Can Make a Difference

April 12, 2021

Trying to define play is like trying to catch the sky in a jar. You might get a piece, but it will only ever be a reduction of the greater meaning you already hold. Because play, like love, is inextricable from human experience and it exists, and acts, before and beyond words. Which is all […]

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Family Hiking in Djeran – Day and Overnight Adventures!

March 26, 2021

Adventure is at your doorstep. On any given weekend you can walk out of the city with a pack on your back and a map in your pocket and follow one of WA’s amazing trails into one of the world’s great wildernesses. And there is no better time to do it than in the glorious Noongar […]

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Summer and Living in Western Australia

December 3, 2020

You know it’s summer because you are driving with oven mitts on. Also, you have moved your houseplants 1.5metres back from the window, and somewhere deep in the back of your mind Noel Coward is singing “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. Yes, it is hot. Yes, it is getting […]

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