Nature Play Week 2023 will run from April 17 – 30 with over 100 nature play events and activities in Victoria for families to participate in! Nature Play Week celebrates initiatives of all shapes and sizes that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. Something that we are very passionate about.
At Eco Explorers, we are passionate about nature play for children and families. We believe that all children have a right to play as it helps them develop into confident, resilient and healthy children. Our vision is to connect families back to nature so that children have a childhood filled with memories and rich outdoor play experiences that they will treasure forever.
Read more more about the benefits of nature play for your child here.
Nature Play Week was developed in 2014 collaboratively by individuals and organisations involved in the Kids in Nature Network. Kids in Nature Network acts to empower, connect and grow a movement of individuals and organisations that gets kids back outside.
Their network is diverse with leaders from health, education, environment, urban planning, outdoor recreation, community, government, business, arts and many other sectors. You can visit Kids In Nature Network here.
Want to get involved? We’ve put together a list of ideas, events and activities to do for nature play week! Of course nature play can be right in your own backyard! Check out our 20 nature play ideas for your backyard.
Nature Play Week Activities
- Go for a nature scavenger hunt! (FREE printable HERE)
- Go on a backyard bug hunt
- Pratice some nature yoga & mindfulness
- Do a nature colour scavenger hunt (FREE printable HERE)
- Downloadable our nature craft activity cards
- Build a native bee hotel
- Go outside and play with sticks!
- Complete our outdoor adventure challenge cards
- Get messy and muddy with mud play
- Go on a rockpool ramble with our rockpool ID cards
- Head to your local park & download our bird activity pack
- Go on a fungi scavenger hunt
- Download our beach bucket list here
- Rainy day? No problem! Check out our 50 Outdoor Play Ideas on Rainy Days … outdoors of course!
Nature Play Week Events
- Monday 17th April, 9.30 -4pm – ReWild Your Child ~ Outdoor Forest School Holiday Program
- Monday 17th April, 9.30 – 3pm – Mornington Peninsula Forest School ~ Primitive Tools
- Tuesday 18th April, 9.30 – 11.30am – Templestowe Bush Kids ~ Bush Survival and Navigation at Westerfolds park
- Wednesday 19th April, 9.30 – 3pm – ReWild Your Child ~ Outdoor Forest School Holiday Program
- Thursday 20th April, 10 -12pm – Bush Kids ~ Nature Play Week Event at Royal Park
- Friday 21st April, 9.30 -1pm – ReWild Your Family – Mornington Peninsula
- Friday 21st April, 9.30 – 4pm – ReWild Your Child ~ Outdoor Forest School Holiday Program
- Friday 28th April, 10 – 12pm – City of Whittlesea Nature Play Week Pop-Up Bush Playgroup in Doreen
- Sunday 23rd April, 10 – 2pm – City of Whittlesea FREE event
Find more Nature Play Week events on Nature Play Week website here.
To find our more about joining an Eco Explorers bush program, check our range of nature play programs below: