Reconnecting Kids with Nature

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  • Location: Maroochy Arts Ecology Centre, Maroochydore 4558 Queensland

If you live, work, play with, or create spaces for kids it is time to go a little bit wild and get excited about getting kids away from their screens and interacting with nature. Sunshine Coast Council and AILA invite you to join David Bond and a panel of experts to discuss Nature Play. David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. He saw his own kids getting hooked on computers and screens so he set out to become a Marketing Director selling the ultimate free wonder-product, Nature. PROJECT WILD THING started as a hilarious documentary of David’s efforts to launch a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children to swap screen time for wild time and has grown into a movement reconnecting kids with nature.

So if you have ever asked these questions:

• Why is nature based play important for childhood development?
• How can we involve kids in nature play?
• What do designers and educators need to consider when creating natural play environments?
• What regulations / guidelines cover nature play scenarios?

Then come along to meet David Bond and a panel of experts to discuss how you and your organisation can become Marketing Directors for Nature and encourage kids to put down their screens and get outside. Don’t miss this one off opportunity to talk to David and see the movie PROJECT WILD THING, you will be floored by what kids really think of nature and inspired to change those perceptions. Find out more at

Get involved. We want your wild ideas - what are you doing to reconnect kids with nature? Complete the attached form and send through your Wild Ideas and images, each submission will be on display at the event for discussion after the key note speakers. Get inspired and inspire others while you enjoy some light refreshments before the screening of PROJECT WILD THING, thanks to PLACE Design Group.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Council, Parks & Leisure Australia and Nature Play Qld have combined to bring David Bond, creator of the PROJECT WILD THING movie to the Sunshine Coast. We are really excited to share David’s message with you and to screen his movie for the first time on the Sunshine Coast. David will headline a panel discussion with the following speakers:

David Bond
Things have really changed since David Bond was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don’t want to go outdoors. With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside. PROJECT WILD THING is the hilarious, real-life story of one man’s determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder-product: Nature.

Rachael Sharman, PhD
Rachael is a Lecturer & Course Co-ordinator, Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Rachael’s recent research in the local Sunshine Coast community investigated the relative influence of screentime and physical activity on obesity in children. Rachael will also discuss the importance of play/engagement for childhood neural development.

Rosann Gresinger & Melindi Robertson
Two experienced kindergarten teachers with hands on working knowledge of Nature Play with young children will discuss their experiences and insights into incorporating nature play into your early childhood curriculum and play spaces. Both are contributors to the Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network.

Hyahno Moser
As Program Manager of Nature Play QLD, Hyahno is delivering positive and practical ways to ensure children participate in unstructured play in nature, delivering the myriad of benefits this type of play offers their
physical and emotional health.

Clive Dodd
Clive Dodd has over 18 years experience in assessing, inspecting and providing compliance certification for playground equipment, custom playgrounds, nature play, natural play, waterplay and public, school, and early education playgrounds. Clive is an authorised representative of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and provides training for Landscape Architects, Playground Inspectors and Installers.

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Reconnecting Kids with Nature
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens, Tanawha
Thursday 28th of August 2014
3-5pm Panel Discussion
5-6pm Networking & Sharing
6 - 7.30pm Project Wild Thing Movie
Ticket Price $28

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Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

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Maroochy Arts Ecology Centre, Maroochydore

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