Making the ‘Tree Change’ … with or without having to escape to the country!

I’ve just come back home to the country after a weekend in the big city … a child free weekend at that … for a bit of ‘me time’. That RARELY happens! My good friend Emma was out of town, so I had the luxury of having her apartment in one of my favourite parts…

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Are the machines taking over? Finding the balance in an increasingly high tech world of nature and play.

You know how much I love nature play – and what a passionate advocate for it I am. The ABC News reported yesterday about a new playground in Western Sydney. The headline for the article was “Hi-tech playground in western Sydney takes digital native into great outdoors”. You can find it here. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-12/hi-tech-sydney-playground-hopes-to-entice-computer-generation/5386134 I’d love to…

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Thoughts on the nature connect conference – coming together to connect, collaborate, celebrate and start conversations

On February 21st I was thrilled to attend the inaugural Nature Connect Conference in Melbourne. Presented by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Victorian Child & Nature Connection, it was a gathering of inspiring and inspired leaders and practitioners from community, health, industry, education, sport, recreation, infrastructure, planning, and conservation. We came together to share…

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Starting the conversation about getting our kids and us back outside!

For parents, nature can be a powerful ally, an often needed sense of perspective and an old friend (sometimes, sadly, a long forgotten one). If your childhood was anything like mine, it was filled with opportunities for adventure, freedom and LOTS of mud pies! Ah, the good old days! We climbed trees; we rode our…

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Let the games begin!

As parents, we are blessed with the precious gift of nurturing our children as they grow; helping them to thrive in the world. It’s no wonder that we often feel overwhelmed and under-prepared considering the sheer responsibility of what that means. Cultivating a whole little person to be healthy and happy inside and out ……

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FREE 3-Part Interview Series- Nurture in Nature: Families Connecting in Nature

As parents, we are blessed with the precious gift of nurturing our children as they grow; helping them to thrive in the world. It’s no wonder that we often feel overwhelmed and underprepared considering the sheer responsibility of what that means. Cultivating a whole little person to be healthy and happy inside and out ……

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How just playing in nature can help your child your grow to have high self esteem, resilience and strength of character.

For parents, me included, nature is a powerful ally, an often needed sense of perspective and an old friend (sometimes, sadly, a long forgotten one). Let me explain. Let’s start with the ‘old friend’ … If you’re anything like me, your childhood was filled with opportunities for adventure, freedom and lots and lots of mud pies! Ah,…

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