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Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 11, 2015


Park of the Month - Nature Play SA

Who is Nature Play SA

Nature Play SA is an incorporated not-for-profit association established to increase the time South Australian children spend in unstructured play outdoors in nature. We are a collaborative organisation working with partner groups to encourage the SA community to value nature play as an integral aspect of a healthy childhood. We recognise that play involves creativity, imagination, discovery, curiosity, exploration, getting dirty and above all having fun. Our aim is to make outdoor unstructured play an Everyday part of today's childhood. To achieve this vision we, with our partner organisations, aim to empower the South Australian community with the confidence, commitment, passion, and enthusiasm to get their children and communities outside to reinforce the importance of spending unstructured time outdoors in nature.

What is the Park of the Month initiative ?
Nature Play SA have teamed up with DEWNR to feature a Park each month with the aim of raising the profile of the Park, getting more families onto Parks, and providing incentive for children to engage in nature play. As part of the initiative we will be highlighting the Park of the Month in a number of ways:

  • Blog: Nature Play SA will visit the Park of the month and meet a local friends member, a ranger, and if possible a family to explore the park, take photos, and write a blog on what may appeal to families.
  • 20 things to discover-posters: A list of 20 things to find in the Park will be developed in conjunction with the ranger and friends group. The list will be double-sided and include plants and animals (5 of each), places to see (5), and other natural things (5 and may include geological/historical features). Each thing to find will have a photo and short family-friendly description which will follow the formula of name, interesting fact (that families can relate to) and where to find. Rangers and Friends Groups will be involved in the selection process and will also be asked to provide photos under a Creative Commons license. Several photos will be taken on the trip to the Park by a NPSA rep.
  • Event flier and promotion: Nature play SA encourage Parks staff/Friends to run an activity, or activities, to encourage families to experience the Park (activities in the past have included nature walks, reef rambles, fungi forays, heritage walks). If the Park does run an activity we will compile the information into a flier. Required information is time, meeting place, name of event, how to register, and some background about the Park itself.
For further information contact Jason Tyndal at

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