Connecting Up – Sharing nature-based projects
Our goal is for communities to help and support communities – through building connections and mentoring opportunities. Where we recognise that it often difficult to know where to start your own nature connection journey, uncertain of where to go and who to contact. The following is simply a listing of the wide-ranging nature-based projects that are being delivered in your community. If you have a relevant nature-based project that you can share, please Contact Us.
Greater Sydney. Schools play and important role in nature connection for young people. Getting out of the classroom and into the environment is a great opportunity for students to explore and learn about the world around them. The National Parks Association of NSW has been working with schools and communities in South West Sydney to help Bring the Buzz back to the Cumberland Plain Woodland.
Greater Sydney. A Blue Mountains environmental education initiative designed to connect children and their families with ‘the bush’ and to promote the natural spaces within their local communities as ‘child-friendly’ places. The inspiration for Bush Trackers came from the Stronger Families Alliance working with National Parks and Wildlife Services and its vision of creating Child Friendly Communities across the Blue Mountains.
Greater Sydney. EcoXplore provides engaging, inspirational and informative environmental education tours for primary age school groups, holiday groups and birthday groups. The tours take place in virtually untouched bush land at North Head Sanctuary, Manly. Walk through one of the most critically endangered ecological communities in all of NSW and learn about the unique plants and animals that live there. School group tours are linked directly to the NSW Science Syllabus, the NSW Geography Syllabus and the cross-curriculum priorities Sustainability and Aboriginal histories & cultures (great for NAIDOC).
North Coast Coffs Harbour. Nature Play Academy is a result of Erin Chapman’s passion to share vital experiences with nature to as many children as possible, as often as possible!! Erin is a mother of three, an experienced early childhood teacher, an advocate for children and a passionate nature playworker! Her many years of experience and knowledge on child development, play, curriculum design and nature connection inspires her practice and approach to childhood learning and teaching. Nature Play Academy offers a range facilitated nature play experiences for children, families and educators.
Greater Sydney. Stone and Bones provides school group educational activities, consultation and teacher professional development, focussing on Indigenous sciences from Australia and around the world. Their activities are hands on, have a strong sustainability and environmental message, promote active, outdoor lifestyles and promote the amazing richness and resilience of Indigenous cultures. Stone and Bones can visit your school or organisation and provide enjoyable activities including making stone tools, learning to light a fire and finding food in the bush.
Far South Coast. The Crossing is a not-for-profit, environment education camp, on the edge of farmland, river and forest on the NSW Far South Coast. They provide 3 to 14 day camps with a focus on young people aged 12 to 20, offering beekeeping permaculture design courses and other workshops for the young at heart. The Crossing puts sustainablity into action for young people to protect and enhance the natural environment. They do this by involving young people in permaculture, landcare and habitat survey as part of fun journeys that can include hiking, canoeing and mountain biking.
Melbourne. The Kids In Nature Network is a cross-sectoral network in Victoria, which acts to empower, connect and grow a movement of individuals and organisations that are committed to reconnecting children to nature. Their network is diverse with participants from health, education, environment, outdoors, urban planning, community, arts and many other sectors. They work by providing unique opportunities for collaboration and capacity building and through open sharing of experiences, ideas and knowledge amongst their members and allies. They have also established the annual Nature Play Week, as a way of promoting healthy, outdoor play for children across Victoria and NSW.
Melbourne: Leap into Nature was created in 2014 by owner/operator Christina, a full time mum and ecologist/zoologist who has a passion for connecting children with nature. She created Leap into Nature to increase children’s ecological literacy and develop meaningful learning experiences in outdoor settings. Christina creates, develops, manages and administrates all of Leap into Nature’s programs. She combines all that she has learnt as a field zoologist with her love of nature and provides fun, interactive outdoor programs for community groups, kindergartens and primary schools.
Adelaide: The Conservation Council SA offers a range of nature connection activities including Forest Bathing, for both individuals and businesses (a guided program to help individuals to relax, slow down, become present and connect with nature), and nature and wellbeing retreats. Nature for You was a successful 2 year program that provided access to activities in nature for disadvantaged communities. Alex Gaut is a Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.
Perth. Educated by Nature provides learning experiences in a variety of natural spaces across Perth, Western Australia, to facilitate connection to self, nature and community. These connections develop children’s resilience, confidence, physical skills, curious minds and playful spirits; equipping them for a healthy and happy life. Programs are available for families with toddlers and primary aged children, schools, childcare providers, Out of School Hours Care programs, local councils and other organisations.