Tag - kids in nature


Connecting people to nature – A challenge of the modern world

Humans have co-existed with other beings in the natural world for ages, but how would you define your connection with nature? Humans are born as a part of nature, and it explains why many of us tend to both crave and seek out ways of connecting with it. However, chances are for most of us, …


Joining in at the Nature Play Qld Symposium 2017

Our Early Childhood Coordinator Tracey Mayhew was delighted to represent Natura Education at the Nature Play Qld Symposium 2017 held at Palm Beach recently. Here Tracey shares with us her account of the day: And what a great day it was!  Nearly 300 childcare educators and primary school teachers all gathered together to share inspiration …


VIDEO: Outdoor play – simple and valuable

In our modern times it is an unfortunate fact that many children are missing out on the benefits of outdoor play. As time moves on researchers are increasingly finding that children benefit in so many ways by getting back outside and into nature as they develop, learn and grow (click here to read an interesting …


Reaping the benefits – Veggie gardening with children

It always sounds like such an old fashioned idea – a veggie patch! And for anyone who’s not even into veggie gardening nor has the time, space or inclination, why do we keep hearing that we should get one – make one – buy one? If the benefits of veggie gardening are so fantastic so …


Nerang River Catchment Study Guide – Gold Coast QLD

Produced in 2011, the Nerang River Catchment Study Guide rolls together information on catchment health, environmental processes, cultural significance, water quality, catchment health assessment and monitoring procedures in a ‘user-friendly’ format for teachers and students. It also provides lesson plans including a catchment tour for teachers and students and work booklets for students from years 3 …


Environmental Education Strategy for South Stradbroke Island – South East QLD

In 2010 Natura Pacific developed this strategy to provide an environmental education framework to enable the Gold Coast City Council to utilise the natural values of South Stradbroke Island and deliver environmental education programs to meet its environmental education goals. Key stakeholders were engaged and policies, strategies and management guidelines were developed and incorporated into …


Outdoor Education – 6 activity ideas to get you started

Kids learn best when they’re having fun and what could be more enjoyable than getting outdoors and close to nature? There’s an emerging concern that children are missing out on the benefits of outdoor activities because parents may be anxious that their children will be hurt at play and that it’s safer to stay indoors. …


Social Media – Connection or Disconnection?

The following article was written by Natura Education’s Early Childhood Coordinator, Tracey Mayhew, as a contribution to our partners at Nature Play Qld. Tracey’s refreshing perspectives and ponderings on educating and raising children in our modern world are always an interesting read and a great conversation starter. The word ‘connection’ can conjure up a whole …


We are 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards Finalists!

We are very excited to share that our recently released Waterways Field Guide has been nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards, in the category of Sustainable Education. These guides were developed as an initiative of Gold Coast Waterwatch, which was supported and undertaken by both the City of Gold Coast Catchment Management …


VIDEO: Kids in Nature – Making the most of your experience

Getting outside with your children or the children in your care is not only lots of fun but has also been shown time and again to have significant benefits for childhood development. So how do you really make the most of your time with kids in nature? In this video Dionne Coburn, an Educator and …

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