For Early Childhood Educators
This workshop is a comprehensive introduction into the ways natural spaces in and around schools can be used as learning spaces and Outdoor Classrooms. It covers some of the basic principles behind Outdoor Classroom design, setting up spaces using loose parts to enhance natural elements, how to inspire students and engage them in curriculum experiences inspired by natural provocations and innate childhood behaviour.
At the end of this half day workshop participants will have had an opportunity to:
- Develop understanding surrounding current research of the benefits behind Nature Pedagogy, Outdoor Learning and Nature Play.
- Actively engage in brainstorming around students’ current play to identify potential spaces and resources existing in your school
- Explore practical ideas and recommendations for using outdoor classrooms in their school.
- Take home an Outdoor Classrooms package of information with tips and ideas for implementation of Nature Pedagogy.
- Develop confidence in seeing opportunities within current teaching opportunities for outdoor learning within their own classroom.
- Connect with like-minded educators engaging with a process of developing outdoor learning opportunities in their school.
Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Cost: $85 per person (includes morning tea and 60 page glossy educator resource)
Where: Nature Strip – Crawley (adjacent to Nature Play WA office, see map further below)
Size: 30 Participants (max)
Inclusions: Morning tea and glossy 60 page educator resource
What to Bring: Participants are required to come prepared with an aerial photo* of your school grounds and a collection of printed photographs of areas in your school where outdoor learning could occur. Collect evidence of areas in your school’s outdoor space that are already used for learning opportunities – this might be in the form of notes and observations or by asking students, teachers and parents in your community.
*For instructions on how to find and print an aerial photo please refer to this document.
Please see our cancellation policy and photo consent disclaimer.
About your facilitators
Nature Play WA Education Consultants
Nature Play WA contracts the services of Educated by Nature to provide educational consultation and professional learning services. In 2014, Daniel Burton and Trudi Bennett established the social enterprise, Educated by Nature, drawing on their experience teaching in outdoor settings. Their mission is to provide opportunities for families and schools to spend time in nature, developing connections with the environment, each other and themselves. This connection is important for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and they believe that this connection is what builds resilience.
Trudi grew up finding both solace and adventure in her backyard and local bushland. She studied both Sustainable Development and Education and has worked with a variety of organisations in science communication, community development and the arts. Recently Trudi has been a primary school and kitchen garden teacher at Bold Park Community School in Western Australia. It was here she practiced observing and listening to children to identify their needs and established project-based learning opportunities. While there she also began utilising natural resources and spaces for environmental art and social connection. As a result, Trudi became increasingly passionate about teaching children in the outdoors. She continues to explore and observe how the building of cubby villages provides a way for children to grow independence and a sense of ownership, while working together as a community. Her interests, training and experience have set a firm foundation for her role at Educated by Nature.
Daniel is a qualified primary school teacher and passionate nature connection mentor. He considers himself an advocate for connecting children with the natural world, following children’s inbuilt sense of wonder and curiosity as the vehicle to inspire the process of inquiry based learning. Having worked at Bold Park Community School for 10 years he has had experience developing, managing and coordinating outdoor classrooms and Wild Spaces with various age groups. Daniel has had the privilege of participating in conferences focused on nature-based education and 21st century teaching philosophies both locally and internationally. Currently, Daniel is the co-director of Educated by Nature which aims to provide Western Australian children, families and teachers opportunities to learn within nature.
What to Wear
In true outdoor classroom style, the entire day will be spent outside in the natural environment. You will need to come dressed prepared to be outdoors – remember warm clothes (layers work well), hats and sunscreen, comfortable shoes like sneakers and clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. The day will include exploring outdoors places and using natural loose parts to build and imagine your very own outdoor classrooms.
Nature Play WA
Cnr Mounts Bay Rd and Hackett Drive
Paid parking available within UWA grounds, and some parking available in the car park directly off Hackett Drive (opposite UWA). Public transport is also an excellent option (please see the location map below for Transperth bus stops). Please note that peak hour traffic and distance of parking from the Nature Play WA building may mean that more time is required to ensure you arrive to the workshop on time.