We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children
our love for this earth, and to tell our stories.


–Richard Louv, Author of Last Child in the Woods­­­–

What a place we find ourselves in. COVID-19 has gripped the world and sent ripples through every community in Australia.


Right now – we need each other. Our family, our friends, and the strength within ourselves. Day-by-day, things change, and we watch with unease and anticipation. The best thing we can do is follow our National and State Government’s advice and of course our instinct as parents and individuals to protect ourselves, loved ones and our community.


As a not-for-profit organisation Nature Play SA has widely become known for our family events, nature-based resources, education programs in schools and early years, and our advocacy for a childhood where nature is not forgotten. Whilst we were on track for a big 2020 – like everyone in the country and the rest of the world – our lives both professionally and personally are faced with strong uncertainty – and we are fighting to keep our organisation alive. But amongst all of this we need to find composure, clarity and strength for our families, communities, and ourselves. Whatever ensues we will continue to do everything in our power to support families to find hope, joy and build positive memories.


Our organisation’s immediate priorities have shifted to focus on supporting families through the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us in the community are confronted with self-isolation or following strict social distancing guidelines – and whist this may seem daunting at first, if we shift our perspective from being isolated to being together with our family then our days can contain joy, creativity and a collection of little moments that we’ll look back on and in a positive light.


To help support families through COVID-19 we have developed a free online family guide: Nature, Families and COVID-19. Whether you are social-distancing or self-isolating the guide has opportunities that can help fill the days with some magic. And if you’re looking at ways to support your mental health and wellbeing many nature-inspired methods are shared which can form part of an integrated approach to strengthening your overall wellbeing. But also remember, there is support available if you or any of your family members or friends are struggling (such as Lifeline 13 11 14 and Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636).


And as things change – the content in the guide as well as what we offer families will provide support as we gain the freedom and confidence to seek adventure once again.


It won’t be easy, but we are all in this together.


Take care and stay well,
The Nature Play SA team xx

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