Junior nature club
junior nature club
Over the past four years we have engaged many children in nature play, exploration, education, fun and discovery ..... its all part of a days session with our Junior Nature Club led by a fully qualified zoologist!
We thank all the families that have taken part of this program over the years!
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