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On the Island

13 November 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with November seeing us celebrate two of South Australia’s world-renowned Conservation Parks: Seal Bay CP and Kelly Hills CP, both located on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is a fantastic holiday option,...

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An old favourite in a new light.

9 September 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with September seeing us celebrate South Australia’s oldest National Park – Belair National Park. Belair National Park (approximately 13km south-east of Adelaide) is well known to many South Australians for its...

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Down by the River

6 August 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with August seeing us celebrate two joint Parks: Onkaparinga National Park which begins at Old Noarlunga, goes through Hackham and McLaren Vale and extends to Clarendon and Blewitt Springs; and, Onkaparinga...

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Wildlife and Waterfalls

3 July 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with July seeing us celebrate Cleland Conservation Park. From Adelaide the Park is 22km southeast and can be accessed via Mount Lofty Summit Road and Waterfall Gully Road by vehicle or...

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Reflections in a far away land.

17 June 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with June seeing us celebrate Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is located in the Flinders Ranges between the townships of Hawker and Blinman, 450km north of Adelaide. The...

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An Ancient Landscape.

2 May 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with May seeing us celebrate Mt Remarkable National Park located in southern Flinders Ranges. I have fond memories of the Flinders Ranges, where as a youngster, I was part of a...

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Sand tumbling & treasure hunting

3 April 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with April seeing us celebrate Lincoln National Park. Lincoln National Park is around 13 km south west from Port Lincoln town centre and is well known for its extensive dune systems,...

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An urban paradise

28 February 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with March seeing us celebrate Shepherds Hill Recreation Park. A short 11 km drive south of Adelaide, the main Park entrance is located on Alyffes Road at St Mary’s and sits...

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Rain, hail or shine.

7 February 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with February seeing us celebrate Murray River National Park. Murray River National Park is situated in the Riverland and comprises three separate areas: Katarapko, Lyrup Flats and Bulyong Island, which cover...

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Off the grid, off the ground

27 January 2016, Claire Lock, Social Media Manager, Nature Play SA

“Back when we were kids, we used to build and play in ‘secret bases’ out in the mountains. I initially started Gankoyama to bring back all the fun I used to have as a child.”  Yoshinori Hiraga, ‘Master’ and founder of Gankoyama Tree House Village (as quoted in Outdoor Japan Magazine) Located in the mountainous...

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Marine Encounters

3 January 2016, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with January seeing us celebrate Encounter Marine Park. A Marine Park is similar to a National Park, except instead of protecting ecosystems on land, it serves to protect habitats such as reefs,...

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A place where the land meets the sea.

29 November 2015, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with December seeing us celebrate Coffin Bay National Park. For years I had heard stories of the wild beauty that defines Coffin Bay National Park. Well, I finally got the opportunity to...

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A park as wild as it is gentle

1 November 2015, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with November seeing us celebrate Morialta Conservation Park. After hitting the open road for the previous Park of the Month, it was nice to visit an Adelaide-based Park. For many Morialta...

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A tale of survival, freedom and beauty

1 October 2015, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with October seeing us celebrate Innes National Park. Innes National Park is a place I’ve always wanted to visit, and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint. I have so much...

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Building a culture of risk

8 September 2015, Julie Slaghekke, Operations Manager, Nature Play SA

As a baby boomer I grew up on a farm in the 60’s. Our style of play was worlds away from children’s play today. When we weren’t at school our days were spent almost entirely outdoors. Our entertainment was what we made up. We were encouraged to disappear for hours, get dirty, play with sticks,...

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A Park with a lot of heart.

3 September 2015, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with September seeing us celebrate Para Wirra Recreation Park. This Park is particularly special to me personally, having spent a lot of time there during my University study and the years...

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Caves, Fossils and Adventures

3 August 2015, Jason Tyndall

Each month Nature Play SA in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) honours one of South Australia’s National Parks, with the month of August seeing us celebrate the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves National Park. It had been a little while since I had visited the Park myself, so on July...

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A Cubby Community

24 July 2015, Jason Tyndall

On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 July we held our very first Cubby Town in Belair National Park, with the response to the event blowing us all away. Over the two days we saw over 5000 (yes, five THOUSAND!) people get involved in building Cubby Town. It was an event for young and old. There...

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Muddy Memories

4 July 2015, Jason Tyndall

Just like water is a key ingredient for mud, family is a key ingredient for nature play. Nature Play SA’s mud celebration on June 29 for International Mud Day was defined by mud pits, mud pies, mud potions, pots and pans, squelchy gum boots, dirty faces and children covered from head to toe in mud...

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Park of the month: July

24 June 2015,

Flinders Chase National Park Located on the beautiful and iconic Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park is part of a vast area of wilderness known for its geology and unique wildlife. Start your adventure at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre where you can learn about the local history and unique flora and fauna such as...

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International mud day

22 June 2015, Jason Tyndall

When: June 29th 10am-3pm Where: Bonython park What is International Mud Day? On June 29th Nature Play SA are celebrating International Mud Day! A day where children, adults, and organizations across the globe get muddy to raise awareness about the importance of nature for children. From mud kitchens and digging pits to mud pies and...

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Park of the month: June

1 June 2015,

THE FLINDERS RANGES NATIONAL PARK A PLACE THAT EVERY SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FAMILY SHOULD EXPERIENCE! Visiting the iconic Flinders Ranges National Park is something that every South Australia family should experience! Rugged mountain ranges, spectacular gorges, sheltered creeks lined with river red gums and abundant wildlife are just some of the attractions that make it one of our most celebrated ...

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Park of the month: May

1 May 2015, Maria Zotti

Calling all Storm Boys and Storm Girls! Stretching more than 130km, the Coorong National Park is one of the most spectacular coastal landscapes in Australia. Experience the beauty of the sweeping sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula which protect a string of saltwater lagoons sheltered from the Southern Ocean. The Coorong is a wetland of...

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Park of the month: April

1 April 2015, Maria Zotti

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the perfect park for families to camp, explore, bushwalk, stargaze, fish and connect with nature this April! The Park preserves the largest portion of remnant bush on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is home to a range of flora and fauna including birds, echidnas and kangaroos. There are countless opportunities for...

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Hiking in Deep Creek Conservation Park with our Children

31 March 2015, Merenia Vince

Deep Creek is where our two primary-aged children graduated to ‘grown-up’ hiking. Longer, steeper and more remote than any other trails we’ve done so far,  they’ve been our most ambitious hikes, and in return we’ve been rewarded with sparkling views to Kangaroo Island and unspoilt native bush brimming with creeks, waterfalls, birdlife and picturesque ruins....

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25 cool things to do in autumn!

2 March 2015, Julie Slaghekke

Looking for some inspiration for autumn fun? We’ve put together a special list of outdoor activities for you to complete. Download the list, and see how many you and your friends can tick off this autumn! Go on a spiderweb hunt Count how many raindrops you can catch on your tongue Make a pile of leaves...

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Park of the month: March

26 February 2015,

Looking for some inspiration for autumn fun? We’ve put together a special list of outdoor activities for you to complete. Download the list, and see how many you and your friends can tick off this autumn! Go on a spiderweb hunt Count how many raindrops you can catch on your tongue Make a pile of leaves...

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Park of the month: February

30 January 2015,

Our beautiful South Australian parks provide countless opportunities for children and families to connect with nature and to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of playing, learning and being physically active through bushwalking, camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, cycling, surfing and exploring. Park of the Month will showcase a different park each month and encourage children...

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Park of the Month: January

17 December 2014, Maria Zotti

Our beautiful South Australian parks provide countless opportunities for children and families to connect with nature and to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of playing, learning and being physically active through bushwalking, camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, cycling, surfing and exploring.  Park of the Month will showcase a different park each month and encourage children...

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Enjoy Encounter Marine Park

15 December 2014, The Marine Parks Team

If you were looking for an old wife, where would you start? If you said under the jetty at Port Noarlunga, you’d be right. Old wives are zebra-striped reef fish and its rather politically-incorrect name refers to the way it grinds its teeth when caught. Here’s what our Premier, Jay Weatherill said about our oceans:...

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25 fun things to do in summer!

10 December 2014,

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Halloween. A Nature Play Holiday?

3 November 2014, Noel Probert

Like it or not, Halloween has taken root in Australia. The anti-spook brigade rail against the commercialism, the perceived greediness, the sugar intake, the cultural imperialism – there seems a long list of things to hate about Halloween. I never much cared for it myself, but since last night I’ve changed my mind. Halloween is...

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Nature Play Week

15 September 2014, Maria Zotti

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Creating kid led play spaces from junk.

9 September 2014, Sarah Boyd

If you think you can’t do adventure play with your kids, think again. They don’t even have to leave your yard, you don’t need to spend a cent, and you might even see what you thought was just junk in a whole new new light! I was inspired to experiment after reading an article about...

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From the CEO’s desk

2 September 2014, Sarah Sutter

Hi everyone, I’m Sarah Sutter and I’m immensely proud and thrilled to be the new CEO of Nature Play SA. It’s a role I’m relishing on a number of levels. Professionally, it’s a great challenge. I’ve previously worked as a Phys Ed teacher, as a sales manager for Qantas in San Francisco and Sydney, as...

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Nature Play is…

21 July 2014, Jane Blakeney

The Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group (SURLG) has been running hands-on conservation “Bush Buddies” with Scott Creek primary school to encourage the students to love and look after the bush. Here is what the kids had to say about what they think Nature Play is and why they like the bush… “Nature play is when...

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Dad ‘n’ Daughters in the Wild #4 – Hiking the Heysen

26 June 2014, Charles Rawlings-Way

South Australia’s epic Heysen Trail is 1200km long: one of those walks Year 11s tackle to prove their bush skills and burgeoning confidence in leaving the nest. Most do it in stages (true to form). Perhaps you’ve seen them nearing the end of the trail at the bald cliffs of Cape Jervis – sweaty but...

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If you can’t beat em…

17 June 2014, Noel Probert

Ask any parent why it’s hard to get their children to play outside and there’s a fair chance they will answer ‘screens’. Televisions, computers, tablets and smartphones are now ubiquitous. A recent study* showed 100 percent of children spend their entire waking life either using a screen or thinking about using a screen. Of course,...

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When playing green is hard to do.

5 June 2014, Noel Probert

Go and play outside. A growing number of parents believe this is what we should be telling our children. But it’s not always that simple. There’s no shortage of barriers to kids enjoying some unstructured play in the wild and location can be one of them. What do you do if the place where you...

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Mucking about in boats

27 May 2014, Paul Jarvis

Mucking about in boats and the fun to be had with water and floating bits and pieces goes back to pre-history. Aboriginal bark rafts and canoes, Inuit kayaks, the First Nations of North America and their birch bark canoes and the dugouts of Melanesia and Polynesia; wherever people and water intersect the joys of simply...

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A tree, a ladder.

9 May 2014, Andrew Schurgott

“Let’s go to the playground,” my children Sofia (5) and Amelie (3), chorus together. I wonder if they can hear my inner groan. I shouldn’t have asked an open-ended question. But they like it, the playground, particularly if we are meeting friends. And it is outdoor play. So why is a visit to one of...

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Dad ‘n’ Daughters in the Wild – Creek

6 May 2014, Charles Rawlings-Way

I have a distant Lancastrian cousin who is fond of gazing wistfully into the distance, sighing, and in his best Lancashire brogue saying, ‘When I were a lad, all this were fields…’. On a recent visit to my childhood suburb of Taroona, just south of Hobart, I had cause to claim the same. The grassy...

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Slaves to the Screen

30 April 2014, Noel Probert

‘If you keep staring at that thing you’ll end up with square eyes.’ That phrase will be familiar to the first generation of kids who grew up with television. Parents unfamiliar with this dominating new presence in their loungerooms were understandably cautious and urged their children to do that most natural of things – play...

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What is our role as parents in nature play?

15 April 2014, Andrew Schurgott

There is a moment of disbelief as all five children look at us. “Are you serious,” says Jack, the oldest at eight voicing the five children’s shared thought. We’re standing on the bank of a small creek in the Adelaide Hills. Five-year-old Lucy has managed to fall into the mud as she usually does, and...

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Dad ‘n’ Daughters in the Wild – Bugs

8 April 2014, Charles Rawlings-Way

Bugs! Our entire Adelaide Hills garden is overrun with bugs! And not just any bugs: these are superior species, hardened against long, parched summers and attuned to the rains that saturate the days in July. There are fat red centipedes that sprint at improbable speeds; white-tailed spiders, red-headed mouse spiders, redback spiders, daddy-longlegs and huntsmen....

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Autumn adventures

3 April 2014, Claire Lock

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living”. – David Attenborough, aka The Man   There’s something about the change in seasons...

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Dad ‘n’ Daughters in the Wild – Treasure in the Trees

1 April 2014, Charles Rawlings-Way

What do you get if you take two inquisitive, rambunctious daughters (three and six); add one grandad with 20 stitches in his right hand; and throw in a tonne of logs that needs splitting? A Saturday morning with dad doing all the work, and grandad inside with the kids, right? Well, this ain’t the kind...

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Nature Play – more than fun and games

27 March 2014, Noel Probert

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparell’d in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream It is not now as it hath been of yore;— Turn wheresoe’er I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen...

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What nature play means to me

24 March 2014, Noel Probert

I was lucky enough to attend the recent launch of Nature Play SA. As I sat in a very full room listening to author and advocate Richard Louv talk of his childhood hours playing in the woods, I was moved to the point of tears. Now I’m a manly fellow and not prone to public...

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Using nature to create environments

17 March 2014, Noel Probert

As a landscape architect it is my job to use nature to create environments for the community to enjoy, and have sensory experiences while relaxing and being active, but most importantly for me…to play. Recent history tells us that nature and accessible open space has been undervalued and underfunded, often overlooked as we strive to...

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Why Nature Play SA?

26 February 2014, Maria Zotti

As Australians we traditionally see ourselves – and are known around the world – as lovers of the great outdoors. Yet despite being blessed by a breathtaking natural world on our doorsteps, we are facing the prospect of an entire generation of children growing up indoors, and the unprecedented social, physical and health challenges that...

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Why nature play is good for our children!

24 February 2014, Maria Zotti

As a parent, I have observed that when my kids play outside they are happier, more relaxed, more cooperative, more independent, more inquisitive, more physical, more imaginative and… much noisier! There is a growing body of research that backs up these observations and clearly demonstrates the benefits of being outdoors in nature. In fact, research...

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Have we become a nation of the great indoors?

21 February 2014, Maria Zotti

Australia’s great outdoors is a huge part of our national identity. We pride ourselves on our large backyard spaces, long sandy beaches and a country that is full of breathtaking natural wonders For most of us, playing outside in nature was an everyday part of childhood. But this has changed. Australian children are now spending...

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