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Bushmead Nature Trail Launch – Community Event

by Jane Leow

On June 23rd, Nature Play WA teamed up with Cedar Woods and Creating Communities to launch the Bushmead Nature Trail with a morning of free outdoor activities at Giant Park, Bushmead. Read more…

Changing the Culture of Risk

by Katherine Healy

Project Insights: Interview with Griffin Longley, CEO of Nature Play. How we work together now and how we relate to the future workforce who have grown up on screens, is important to discuss. The whole screen topic relates to Risk. The risk of playing down the street versus the risk of too much time on screens, and how kids themselves are not taking risks. How each of us view Risk is integral to our project planning, but have we ever discussed how Risk affects project team culture? Meet Griffin Longley, CEO of Nature Play. Griffin’s views on projects and his current mission in Nature Play, reflect his ‘free range’ childhood and family values. In this interview, Griffin shares his unique view on Risk and how project teams can learn from a program designed to get kids moving. Interview by Leigh Hambly Read more…

Cubby kids rally to save homemade playground

by Katherine Healy

A group of Pelican Point parents and children fear they will be forced to pull down a popular cubby house after a complaint was made to Bunbury City Council. After a council staff member door knocked the neighbourhood last week, the local children jumped into action to save the hand-built cubby located on the banks of Collie River. Read more…

Outdoor day draws hundreds of kids outside to play

by Katherine Healy

Hundreds of students across Kalgoorlie-Boulder took the opportunity to get out of their classrooms yesterday, swapping desks for nature for 2018 Outdoor Classroom Day. More than 60,000 students across the State took part in the event, organised by health organisation Nature Play to improve the health and wellbeing of children by encouraging outdoor play. Nature Play WA chief executive officer Griffin Longley said only 55 per cent of Australian kids were playing outside each day according to a new report. Read more…

Nature Passport launches in Kwinana

by Katherine Healy

A NATURE Passport was launched in Kwinana on Saturday. Kwinana MLA Roger Cook and hundreds of children celebrated the launch at the Children’s Week Family Picnic Day at Kwinana Adventure Playground. The Nature Play Day offered families a chance to get children outside and mucking around. Read more…

St Brigids Bush School

by Katherine Healy

There's a new generation of children who have never climbed a tree, so teachers across Perth have decided it's time to take an 'anti-cotton wool' approach. Read more…

Back To Nature

by Katherine Healy

One step after the other, surrounded by nature, a bird’s call as your soundtrack. Bushwalking will not only get you physically fit but it could just be the antidote city dwellers need to a stressful life. Read more…

Memo to parents: It’s OK to let kids get bored

by Rochelle Tetlow

PARENTS have suffered panic attacks triggered by parenting advice this week to “let their kids get bored” these school holidays, according to family experts. Nature Play WA’s Griffin Longley said the key to understanding the advice on encouraging kids to make their own fun is for parents to hear the dreaded words “I’m bored” differently. Read more…

2018 ADG Awards Nominees are Announced

by Katherine Healy

WHOA! There's an absolute avalanche of WA directors and productions up for Australian Directors' Guild awards this year! Among the nominees are Simon Baker for Breath, Quentin Curzon for RIFT, Kelli Cross for Aussie Rangers, Henry Inglis for SMALL TOWN HACKERS, Martin Wilson Films for HelpingMinds - REAL STORIES and Paul Komadina for Nature Play WA – FREE BENJI. Read more…

Australia's First Outdoor Classroom Day is Coming!

by Katherine Healy

The day has come for Aussie kids to get out and learn among Mother Nature! Australia's first Outdoor Classroom Day will be on Thursday September 7 and Aussie parents and teachers are urged to get their schools signed up. It's brought together by Nature Play and powered by OMO as part of the Dirt is Good Campaign. Read more…

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