- 11/10/2019 - 20/12/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Spring has Sprung & it’s the perfect season to bathe in the glorious sunshine after our long cold winter. Blossoms are blooming, birds are chirping and what better way to spend your morning than outdoors with your tribe! We’ll be starting the term (up to 6-7 weeks) at Hawekstowe Picnic area Plenty Gorge Park in Sth Morang which has an array of flowers, gardens, orchids, and wetlands to explore. The children will learn about frogs, dragonflies, waterbugs, flowers, bees and butterflies! Then we’ll move to Gresswell forest for the last 4 – 5 weeks where the children will be physically challenged to climb and use their bodies.
You can book for the whole term or just per location (Plenty Gorge 6 weeks & Gresswell Forest – 5 weeks).
We provide a gentle rhythm to our facilitated playgroups with a focus on sensory play, storytelling, song, craft, learning, unstructured play and plenty of opportunities to build gross motor skills through climbing, balancing and movement.
Eco Explorers bush playgroups are facilitated by qualified and experienced nature play educators (read more about our team here) that are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area that they work in.
Our Plenty Gorge/Gresswell Forest bush playgroup is led by Adam and Ashlee. Adam is one of the founders of Eco Explorers and has been delivering bush programs to families for over two years. He spent his childhood living and camping in the bush; climbing mountains, exploring rivers, learning to fish, track, make fires and to simplify… just ‘being’ at one in nature. Adam now hopes to share his childhood & adult experiences with the next generation to inspire a deep connection with nature. He has a background in Outdoor Education and is a trained level 3 forest school leader.
Ashlee is a an early childhood edictor, forest school leader and wilderness camp leader who also is a highly creative and skilled facilitator.
Our program has been developed to give your child optimum opportunity to build their gross motor and physical skills through movement and fine motor skills during our craft activities. Research clearly shows that the more time your child spends in nature, the better they are prepared for school, both physically and emotionally.
It’s also a time for parents to disconnect from their busy lives (and technology) and re-connect with their child in nature. This time is as much for you as it is for your child. Our bush playgroups bring together a community of like-minded parents who are supportive and welcoming.
Bush playgroup is an all-weather outdoor playgroup so you need to make sure you bring appropriate weather protection and clothing. Children must have closed footwear when walking in the bush, sun hats, sunscreen, wet weather gear, plenty of snacks and water and a change of clothes. Our playgroup will only be cancelled in the event of an extreme weather warning; fire, storm, high temperatures and strong winds.
Ages: 1 – 5 years (siblings under 14 months are welcome to attend for free).
*Parents are responsible for their children at all times.