Community members from the Eyre Peninsula have learnt the art of nature play, following a number of Nature Play SA workshops in Ceduna last month.
Three workshops explored how unstructured outdoor play in nature can benefit children’s physical and mental health.
The whole community came out for the event, with local teachers, health care workers, professionals, mums, dads, grandparents, council members and staff all participating.
Natural Resource Officer Tayla Bowden said each session was well attended.
“We hope now that these conversations lead to opportunities for children of all ages to have access to unstructured play and natural play spaces, away from escalating screen time,” she said.
Natasha Gill from Karcultaby Area School said she was excited to develop nature play within the school community.
“I can already picture the students at our site that will benefit from this play.
“I can picture their faces and the positive role it will have on their mental health and wellbeing,” she said.
Nature Play SA is a program established by the South Australian Government to promote unstructured outdoor play in nature, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme Targeted Area Grants.
For more information, visit Nature Play SA www.natureplaysa.org.au or Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula/get-involved/schools.