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School is a fabulous place to teach kids the value of nature play and encourage them to get active. We're building a collection of school resources - see what we've got so far.

Passport Program for Teachers - 'Mission' Lesson Plans

5 Aug 2014

Excite your students with our Lesson Plans that have been developed from our 'Classroom' and 'H20 Heroes' missions. These fun, low cost and educational activities link with the school curriculum. We have also designed award certificates that can be presented to the…

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51 Things to do Before You're 12

10 Apr 2014

There are some things that every kid should get to experience. How many of our 51 things have you done? Why not challenge your friends to see who will be the first to finish the list!                      …

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Nature Passport Outdoor App

31 Oct 2017

Our tool to help families and schools replace kids' sedentary screen-time with playing, exploring and learning outdoors! Research shows that spending time outdoors is an essential part of a healthy, well-balanced childhood. Nature Passport encourages and motivates children to have fun…

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Natural Play Spaces Make Kids More Active and Less Depressed!

26 Apr 2016

A study completed in 2014 by UBC observed children playing in their care centre play space before and after the space was upgraded with nature play elements. Before the intervention children were seen to be displaying depressive behaviours and where dependent on teachers interactio…

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The Trends and Influential Factors of Children’s Use of Outdoor Environments: A Review

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: In the past two decades, there has been a raft of research on children's behaviour and their interaction with outdoor environment. The aim of this paper is to present a synthesis of 30 studies from 1985 to 2010 on children's use of outdoor environments. The a…

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Ready...Set...Wonder!

4 Jun 2015

Ready...Set...Wonder! is a practical guide created by the 'Back to Nature Network' in Canada for early years educators to use in providing opportunities for children to connect with nature on a regular basis. It contains a large number of easy-to-use prompts, which can be&n…

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Healthy Living: Go Play Outside: It’s Good for Your Eyeballs!

19 Feb 2015

Go Play Outside: It’s Good for Your Eyeballs! By: Dr. William Sturrock If you are really nearsighted, you probably didn’t need reading glasses to see the recent study this past month in the journal ‘Ophthalmology’ describing twice the rates of myopia (the correct scient…

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Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge

19 Feb 2015

Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international peers and are performing worse in skills such as kicking, throwing, catchin…

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Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress

24 Jul 2014

Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children's stress and inattention, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study.…

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Waterwise Schools Program

12 Jun 2014

The Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools Program recognises that young people need to be educated about water issues so they develop the awareness, knowledge and skills to be able to make sound water management decisions in the future. The program began in 1995 and as a result there are mo…

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