INCURSIONS AND EXCURSIONS

 

Our nature-inspired learning programs engage students in practical and active experiences beyond the classroom while developing a range of skills and understandings. They are tailored to suit all ages and capabilities and align with the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum.

 

 

PROGRAM AIMS

 

Provide students with an engaging, fun and dynamic learning experience outside the classroom.

 

Activate school grounds and showcase key elements of a nature connected curriculum.

 

Develop critical and creative thinking skills whilst focusing on team building, collaboration and an understanding of stewardship.

 

JUMP TO: Reading Is My Super Power Incursion // Foundations in Nature Incursion // Natural Elements Incursion // Whittling and Weaving Incursion // STEAM into Nature with Natural Pigments Incursion // Geocaching Incursion // Cubby Building Excursion

INCURSIONS

Reading Is My Super Power

 

Are you interested in a dynamic and innovative way to celebrate book week and the power of literature? Looking to create a whole school (or year level) event and explore the super power of reading?

 

Throughout term 3, we are offering a book week incursion, specifically designed to connect the 2019 CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) shortlisted books to learning on your school grounds.

 

In this dynamic and fast paced adventure, students will use hand held GPS units, to undertake a geocaching adventure and locate hidden treasures. All of which connect to a ‘five minute’ literacy challenge based on 2019 shortlisted books.

 

Duration:  This incursion will be offered for the duration of term 3. Sessions run for 90 minutes, with three sessions able to be booked in one school day.

 

Cost (per student): $11 [+GST] No further discount applies

 

Target Audience: Foundation to Year 7

 

Conditions: Minimum numbers and travel surcharge may apply.

 

A $200 cancellation fee applies if your confirmed booking is cancelled without rescheduling. Each session caters for up to 35 students working in small groups of 2 or 3.

 

How to Book: Please email the following information to [email protected] by clicking the button below to book your event.

 

Name and address of your site
Contact name, phone and email
Year level and number of students
Three preferred dates

 

Confirmation and further information will be issued on receipt of your booking.

 

Foundations in Nature

 

The Foundations in Nature program is a multi-sensory, play-based learning experience specifically designed for our youngest nature players. Babies and toddlers will be given the opportunity to explore, discover and experience an abundance of unique tones and textures with adults nearby to nurture their inquisitive spirit. This program evokes delightful engagement in the natural world and offers our littlest nature detectives the perfect environment to meet challenges, discover wonder and experience joy.

 

Duration: 1 hour

 

Cost (per session): Members $300 [+GST], Non-members $350 [+ GST]

Additional sessions $150 [+GST] per 60 minutes

 

Target Audience: 6 months to 4 year-old children

 

Conditions: Minimum spend of $300 and travel surcharge may apply.

A $200 cancellation fee applies if your confirmed booking is cancelled without rescheduling.

 

 

Natural Elements

 

Natural Elements incursion is a multi-sensory, play-based learning experience that inspires creativity and joyful connections with nature. Students explore and create with natural materials and loose parts with a focus on developing STEM thinking dispositions and affordances in nature. In addition to providing fun, engaging and sensory nature-based experiences for students, our team will share tips for outdoor learning with teachers; practical ideas and simple ‘next steps’ to support every teacher’s journey into learning outside the classroom.

 

Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Cost (per student): Members $14.50 [+GST], Non-members $16 [+GST]

 

Target Audience: Early Years to Year 2

 

Conditions: Minimum spend of $300 and travel surcharges may apply.

A $200 cancellation fee applies if your confirmed booking is cancelled without rescheduling.

 

 

“The Natural Element Incursion nourished the senses and nurtured our connection to the natural world. Thank you for visiting our school and planting some very important seeds.”

 

 — Educator, Nailsworth P.S —

Whittling and Weaving

 

This creative and hands-on experience uses technology and techniques from long ago to forge modern masterpieces. Students will be amazed to find that the simplest of natural materials can reveal layers of surprise. Students explore historical links to design and technology while mastering new skills demanding self-control  and persistence. Ask us about tailoring this incursion to your current curriculum focus.

 

Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Cost (per student): Members $17 [+GST], Non-members $18.50 [+GST]

 

Target Audience: Year 3 to Year 7

 

Conditions: Minimum spend of $300 and travel surcharge may apply.

A $200 cancellation fee applies if your confirmed booking is cancelled without rescheduling.

 

   

“it was a great experience shaving twigs under the freedom of the trees’

 

— Sophia, year 7 —

STEAM into Nature with Natural Pigments

 

Our STEAM into Nature with Natural Pigments incursion offers students the opportunity to explore connections between nature, science, technology, visual art and history. Students will learn about the colours of history through a series of interactive, small group challenges and be challenged to create their own paint using natural pigments. These natural pigments will be used by every student to paint a canvas of their own to take home at the end of the session. This experience brings together a unique blend of igniting imaginations and supporting creativity whilst considering the science and technological skills needed to create a masterpiece.

 

Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Cost (per student): Members $17 [+GST], Non-members $18.50 [+GST]

 

Target Audience: Year 3 to Year 9

 

Conditions: Minimum spend of $300 and travel surcharge may apply.

A $200 cancellation fee applies if your confirmed booking is cancelled without rescheduling

 

   

Geocaching

 

Geocaching is an activity that taps into students’ problem-solving, team-building and creative-thinking skills while promoting physical activity outdoors. Delivered as an active outdoor adventure, this incursion combines a unique blend of ‘screen time’ and ‘green time’ with students exploring their school grounds on a high-tech treasure hunt using the best navigation technology available.

 

Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Cost (per student): Members $14.50 [+GST], Non-members $16 [+GST]

 

Target Audience: Year 3 to Year 7

 

Conditions: Minimum spend of $300 and travel surcharge may apply.

A $200 cancellation fee applies if your confirmed booking is cancelled without rescheduling.

 

   

“Excellent to see children playing so enthusiastically outside, with even reluctant students engaging and loving the geocaching activity.”

 

— Thomas, Linden Park OSHC —

EXCURSIONS

 

We are fortunate to have access to South Australia’s oldest National Park – Belair National Park, to offer cubby-building excursions.

Cubby Building

 

Nature Play SA’s unique cubby building excursion engages students in a real-world STEM challenge set amongst the beautiful surrounds of Belair National Park. Facilitated through a series of team challenges, students use natural, open-ended resources to problem solve, design and build imaginative cubby creations. The timeless surrounds of nature and a setting steeped in history provides the perfect platform for 21st Century learning, where cooperation and resilience are the keys to success and sustainable practices are embedded throughout.

 

Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours

 

Cost (per student): Members $17 [+GST], Non-members $18.50 [+GST]

 

Target Audience: Early Years to Year 7

 

Conditions: Minimum spend of $400.

A $200 cancellation fee applies if your confirmed booking is cancelled without rescheduling.

 

 

The whole day was such a great experience for all the children. They loved not only building their cubby, but enjoyed eating their lunch in them. It was a fantastic team building excursion, one we will definitely look at doing again in the future.

 

— Director – Goodwood PS OSHC Vac Care 

To see our cubby building excursion in action, have a look at what we got up to for Outdoor Classroom Day in the Park.

TRAVEL INCLUSIONS + EXTRAS

 

We love bringing our incursions to you and look forward to sharing our love of outdoor environments with children and adults alike.

 

A small travel fee of $50 (per booking) is applied to any booking further than 25km from the Nature Play SA office in Blackwood.

 

For incursions beyond this area, the travel fee will be discussed with you at the time of your booking inquiry.

Map of Adelaide and outer metropolitan area with two green concentric circles. The inner circle is a 25 km radius from the NPSA office in Blackwood, the outer lighter circle is 25-50km radius.