Junior nature club
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Nature play, nature exploration, nature education, nature fun, nature discovery ..... its all part of a days session with our Junior Nature Club led by a fully qualified zoologist!
Junior Nature Club at Wattle Park, Burwood
TERM 4, 2017
Four sessions on a MONDAY - 30 October; 13 November; 27 November; 11 December.
TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Junior Nature Club at Cheltenham Park, Term 4, 2017
Five sessions on a WEDNESDAY - 11 October; 25 October; 8 November; 22 November; and 6 December.
TIME: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Junior Nature Club at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris, TERM 1 2018
Four sessions on a Wednesday: 7 February; 21 February; 7 March; 21 March 2018.
TIME: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (note new time of 9:30 am start)
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Leap into Nature’s Junior Nature Club has been operating since May 2014. Our program is designed to connect children with nature in an outdoor environment. We encourage self-directed play in nature and combine this with more focused activities around nature, plants and wildlife.
The program is suitable for families with toddler and pre-school aged children from 2 to 5 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Siblings attending 2 years and under are free.
Our sessions are run by Founder/Operator of Leap into Nature and Zoologist - Christina Renowden.
Why is outdoor play in nature important for kids?
Physically: it increases physical activity levels, improves agility and develops risk assessment abilities.
Emotionally: it reduces childhood anxiety, stress and depression, increases attention span, and provides children with the opportunity to develop independence, decision-making skills and improves self regulation.
Socially: it increases confidence, improves problem solving skills, increases creativity in make believe group play and provides positive social interactions for all children.
"Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living." - Zenobia Barlow, “Confluence of Streams”
We encourage children to:
- Learn about new tools, technologies and techniques to explore their world and enhance their learning
- Use their senses to explore natural environments
- Show growing appreciation and care for natural environments
- let the environment and children lead the learning, e.g. if a bird or frog calls, we stop the activity, observe, listen and take note
- put a lot of value on the sensory experience
- understand that children learn best about our environment by connecting through hands-on activities
- allow for and encourage play with 'loose' natural materials such as sticks, stones, grass, puddles, mud and sand
- include a nature art component to our sessions
- encourage play in mud, water and sand
- value and pursue the child's interest, questions, curiosity and imagination
- allow time for children to carry out meaningful, purposeful interactions in the environment and observe living things
- encourage animal observations, enjoying time that allows for observation, discovery, and exploring interactions between living things