CAMPference 2021

TEACHER NATURE CONFERENCE
& RETREAT

You're invited to a professional development weekend for nature loving educators!

14th - 16th MAY 2021
KINGLAKE, VICTORIA

2pm Friday 14th May to Sunday 16th May 2021
You can come later on the Friday BUT you won't want to
miss out on too much of the first day/night fun!

Join us for an amazing weekend of unhurried and immersive hands on learning, outdoor play, networking, idea sharing and nature connection!

Inspirational Presenters  | Hands On Workshops  | Time to Play, Wander, Reflect & Connect

Tell others about CAMPference!

Got questions about CAMPference? Send an email to tania@nurtureinnature.com.au or give us a call on 0409 843 965

Where is CAMPference being held?

Location

Kinglake Forest Adventures Camp

KINGLAKE WEST, VICTORIA

Kinglake Forest Adventure Camp is nestled in 800 hectares of beautiful mountain bush and is an hour north of Melbourne's CBD. Besides CAMPference being a wonderful weekend of nurturing yourself, nature and your teaching practice, it's also a great excuse to get out of the city, explore a really special part of our state AND for a car pooling road trip! Let us know if you'd like help connecting with others coming your way and we'll do our best to help.

Who Is CAMPference For?

This unique weekend conference is primarily aimed at educators in the early and primary years who are passionate about learning more of the powerful role that nature connection can have in their services. The sessions and practical activities are designed to be adapted be for a wide range of settings, so you don't have be working in the early years or primary school to come! We've also had FDC providers, outdoor activity providers, nature and art therapists, social workers, home school parents, playgroup leaders, council education staff and many more join us who've loved the experience. 

What really sets this weekend PD apart is the unhurried opportunity to connect and have quality time to share ideas, challenges and inspiration with like-minded people.

So, whether you’re taking your first steps outside on your journey towards incorporating nature play and learning, or you already integrate lots of nature play and learning into your work but want to extend your knowledge and practice, CAMPference has something special  for you.

What You'll Learn

During this unique and immersive conference you'll get LOTS of fun, engaging, thoughtful and hands-on training to help you to get your kids, class and YOU outdoors and connecting with nature more easily and more often.

Some of the things you will experience at Nurture in Nature CAMPference include:

  • Lay the foundations for STEAM with outdoor play, learning and exploration
  • Be inspired by real world examples of early learning centres, schools, and other organisations who are embedding nature connection into their programs
  • Learn how to incorporate simple nature skills such as knot tying, loose parts play, storytelling, weaving and campfire cooking into your programs
  • Discover how to turn outdoor play into learning and outdoor learning into play
  • Discover innovative, fun and nature inspired ways to engage parents (and colleagues) in their children's nature connection journey
  • Discover strategies and ideas for inclusive practice in your nature based programming
  • Learn about incorporating authentic indigenous perspectives into your work and play
  • Develop an understanding of what 'risky' nature play is and learn how to identify and document the benefits as well as the risks
  • Learn how to use nature's loose parts in meaningful and engaging ways
  • Get hands on ideas for making easy and fun nature art and crafts that your kids (and you) will love 
  • Create a plan of action to help you put into practice what you've learnt so you can hit the ground running when you get back to work
  • Enjoy the chance to get re-energised and reconnected with nature yourself in a relaxed and unhurried environment

Meet the Presenters

The CAMPference team and presenters come from within our own networks and many have loved being CAMPference attendees in past years. Some have joined us EVERY year! This means they've experienced for themselves the wonderfully unique culture of shared beliefs, values and practices, and the nurturing environment that CAMPference is known for.

Through connection and deep conversations with other CAMPference attendees, they have a unique understanding of what they believe they can share from their practice and experience that could be helpful to others on this journey.

Before you meet our 2021 team, we'd like to share our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Nurture in Nature and through our CAMPference event, we aim to create an environment and programming where everyone feels a sense of belonging, can participate fully and feel valued for their contribution. 
We value diverse voices and experiences and are committed growing a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organisation and community.
On honest reflection we acknowledge that our team of presenters this year (at this current time) doesn't reflect this very well at all.
We love them (they're amazing) but we'd also like to commit to doing much better in sharing more diverse voices and working to make sure that CAMPference is more accessible and inclusive.
We also recognise that we are able to do this work from a place of privilege and that we have a long way to go in our journey to better support those who may not have the access or voice of which privilege affords.
We commit to learning and growing so that through our thoughts and actions we can better support and share voices of those who have a broad range of backgrounds, abilities, experiences and stories.
We acknowledge that there are many wonderful people from diverse backgrounds and communities who are doing amazing and impactful work, but of whom we don't yet know about.  So, if you know of someone who you think would love to share their story and experiences at CAMPference, please let us know because we'd really love to meet them. To get in contact: tania@nurtureinnature.com.au or call 0409 843 965

Here are our CAMPference 2021 team of conference and workshop leaders
... we know you'll love and learn from them as much as we do!

Tania Moloney, Nurture in Nature, The Nature Bus and the Treehouse

Tania is the Founder of Nurture in Nature Australia, The Nature Bus and the Treehouse, and she is passionate about helping kids, families, schools, early learning centres, communities and people of all ages connect with nature and with each other. She is a passionate Nature-prenuer, nature based business owner and community connector whose creative ideas, engaging  workshops, Nurture in Nature Radio Podcast and innovative nature connection programs and resources and have been embraced by people from all over the world.

Jo Pegg, Principal, Bullarto Primary School

Jo is the Principal of Bullarto Primary School, a small rural school in Victoria where the forest meets the school and the children greet the future. Over the past 4 years Jo and her team have developed a comprehensive curriculum that is underpinned by and immersed in nature based learning with strong foundations in literacy and numeracy.  The school has friendly goats and free ranging chickens and last year they introduced a bees program with the children. Jo is passionate about inclusive education and is proud to be part of a wonderful school and community who not only supports families with additional needs but that educates others of acceptance, tolerance and compassion. Her passion for nature and outdoor learning grows every day through side by side learning with children and she often tells the kids that she learns so much from them!

Jennie Schopfer-Bons

Jennie studied Biological Sciences in the 1980s and worked in a variety of Science related jobs both in Australia and overseas. (Zoology – Latrobe University & Zurich University). Jennie is currently an Early Childhood teacher in a stand alone community kindergarten. Her Science studies, nature pedagogy training and personal history influence her teaching and pedagogy. 
Jennie recently completed a Masters thesis research project that was titled: 'What are early childhood educators' pedagogical beliefs for including a Bush Kinder element to their program?’

Katie Jacobson

Katie Jacobson is nature-loving, child-at-heart, who is happiest exploring creeks, jumping in muddy puddles, and sharing the wonders of nature with young and old alike. A proud mum to two young tree-climbers, Katie has spent 15years running environmental education and research programs across islands, deserts, country and coastal regions of Australia. After having her girls Katie returned to University to do her Masters in Early Childhood Teaching, and while juggling her studies and motherhood she (miraculously) managed to become an internationally-accredited Forest School Leader, Bush Playgroup Facilitator, 3yo Kindergarten Teacher and public speaker. With a passion for the benefits of nature play in whole child development; embracing and embedding Aboriginal perspectives; and reconnecting families and children back with nature, Katie can't wait to rejoin our CAMPference community again this year.

Pascale Miller

Pascale combines her extensive horticultural, linguistic and teaching experience, to pass on her skills and passion for gardening, love of nature, learning from different cultures, and sustainability to kids, adults, schools, playgroups and community groups. She's also a trained Forest School Leader and Bush Playgroup Facilitator. Her natural curiosity, fun energy and eagerness to share her knowledge and passion for nature connection is contagious. She’s also Mum to a great (and also very passionate) nature loving kid named Georgia who's sure to become one of our future environmental champions just like her Mum!

Anita Kerrison, Adventure Coordinator, Adventure Patch (TAS) & Girl Guides TAS

Anita's awesome bio is coming soon ... trust us, you wont want to miss her GUIDING you on how to make easy and delicious campfire cooking creations!

Kim Barker, Owner Heartwood Horses and Coordinator at Teesdale PS OSHC

Kim has a background in Molecular Biology and when she had a family, she worked as a School Lab Technician for 8 years. She also runs her own business giving Therapeutic Horse Riding lessons and Yoga Classes. Currently Kim is studying a Masters in Play Therapy, and works as the Coordinator of the OSHC Program at Teesdale Primary School. Kim has a strong interest in outdoor play and the therapeutic benefits of play. She often sees the wonderful impact being in nature on her students, when they come and spend time with the dogs and the horses on her farm. Kim also studies yoga and movement for students. This is Kim's first Campference and she can't wait to spend time with you all.

Linda Price, Early Childhood Teacher, Kinglake Ranges Children's Centre

Linda has been teaching and guiding young children at Kinglake Ranges Children’s Centre in rural Victoria since 2015. A Kiwi by birth and a naturally curious person, she teaches through enquiry-based and holistic play-based approaches to learning which are tailored to individual children’s interests and developmental needs, and based in neuroscience. Through the bush kinder program she developed in 2017 they have forged strong connections to country and the added feeling of belonging across their community. Along the way they have discovered that learning more about the Taungurung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations would change their everyday practices and empower the children within their centre to drive reconciliation through passing on learning to their families. Their bush kinder program was recognised as an example of exemplary practice through being placed a finalist at the HESTA awards in 2019.

This could be YOU!

Do you have an idea for a hands on workshop or interactive conference session you'd like to run at CAMPference?

Our team of presenters for 2021 is pretty full but if you've got an idea for an
interactive conference session, or hands on workshop you'd like to present at a CAMPference, get in touch and let's chat!
Contact: tania@nurtureinnature.com.au or call 0409 843 965

You're invited to a sleepover professional development camp (BEST PD EVER!) for nature loving teachers! https://nurtureinnature.com.au/campference-2021/

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Interactive Workshops, Activities and Sharing Circles
(Full & Fab Program COMING SOON but here's a taste of some of the great things we're planning for you).

Create with Nature
- Loose Parts & Ephemeral Art

Soundscapes - Music in Nature, Nature in Music


Nature Pedagogy
and Intentional, Inclusive Practice

Kokedama in Curriculum

Benefit-Risk Assessments in Nature Based Practice

Handy Knot
Tying Skills

Forest Wanderings Walkshop

Nature Yoga and Mindfulness

Campfire Cooking & Charcoal Making

Clay Creatures

& Creations

Creative, Conscious & Collaborative Nature Art Project

Wayapa Connecting to Land and Spirit


Authentically Embedding Aboriginal Programming

Campfire

Storytime

Lots of time for connection, reflection and fun

Nature Happens at Night too.

Nature Action Lab

turn your ideas into action

The Nature Bus
will be there too!

What do YOU wish for?
If you have a particular nature and outdoor learning topic on your PD WISH LIST
please get in touch & we'll see if we can make it happen!

... and you'll have plenty of quality time to sit and chat, play, network, share ideas and relax!

Book your place for CAMPference 2021 below ...

We'd love to see you there. Hurry! Space is limited and numbers are capped!

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Use the PAY BY DIRECT DEPOSIT OR CHEQUE option please click the button below and use the following bank details for payment. If you wish to take up the Payment Plan option, just tick the box on the registration form that you'll be redirected to when you choose this option. We'll then get in touch and send you a tax invoice and details of how to pay the installments.

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Full Weekend CAMPference Registration - 10% Off Special
(Save $55 off full price of $770)
 2.00pm Friday 14th May to 2.00pm Sunday 16th May 2021
ONE Full Weekend Conference Ticket. Includes all meals, workshops, session materials and shared accommodation.

$715 (inc GST)
Payment Plan also available: $375.50 now plus x 1 x $357.50 payment in a fortnight)

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See what others have to say about our Conferences and Presenters:

"What an inspired conference!!"
Thank you for being an enthusiastic voice for nature. Bringing a child in and hearing her perspective brought tears to my eyes.
ALYSE CHERRY Early Childhood Teacher, Melbourne, Australia

"Thank you so much for the opportunity."
This was definitely one of the most important PD's that I have done in my life because we were very active and not just sitting and listening. The day actually took me to my childhood and was thinking about children these days. I have already shared it with my team members at our educational leaders meeting and they loved the resources and ideas. I have started doing lots of things with our kinder children and at this stage I see myself as a researcher. Once again thank you so much to you and your team.

CHANU PERERA Kindergarten Teacher, Florence Collins Children's Services, Warrnambool, Australia 

"At no time did I check my watch to see how long until it would end ...  a real testimony to how engaging this PD was."
I really appreciated the sharing of ideas of where to start our journey and places that we can approach for grants and donations and I learnt lots of very valuable skills to take back to school! Today went so fast and at no time did I check my watch to see how long until it would end which is a real testimony to how engaging this PD was.

CAMPFERENCE PARTICIPANT 2017 Noorat CAMPference 

"A really rewarding and enriching day!"
A really rewarding and enriching day. I went away with some great ideas and a LOT of enthusiasm to implement them.

cAMPFERENCE PARTICIPANT, 2017 melbourne CAMPference

"Fabulous ideas for families and educators!"
Tania, I LOVE learning from you about this important topic! I was getting goosebumps thinking about how helpful and inspiring your ideas are in supporting families in getting outside. I can't wait to share it with Nature Nuts families! 

BRENDA RUNNING Exec Director & Nature Teacher, Nature Nuts, Maple Valley, Washington USA & Board of Directors of the American Forest Kindergarten Association

"Engaging and Empowering"
Tania is a warm and engaging presenter who always brings enthusiasm, energy and personal experience to her sessions. She always has fresh and practical ideas that leave you eager to get outside and encourage your community to come with you!

JOEY bOOTHBY Senior Recreation Planner, Manningham City Council, Melbourne, Australia

Join a community of like-minded nature inspired professionals for a weekend of hands-on learning, networking, re-energising and fun!

More praise for Nurture in Nature Conferences and Events from attendees:

What a way to connect with nature with such passionate presenters!

It was great to be so re-inspired and to hear some new ideas. Feeling ready to go back to my kinder as an energised ‘nature activist’!

Motivating and down to earth!

The best conference ever!  Enthusiastic presenters were able to make connection with children, adults and nature. Good job!

A great opportunity to share ideas and encourage great connections with nature through imagination. Inspirational!

Thank you for a relaxing, reaffirming and educative program. We have been challenged to think more  deeply about children's learning and wellbeing.

The content was rich and valuable and I will walk away with many new ideas to enrich my teaching. Such simple ideas at a minimal cost. Thank you!

Thank you for a wonderful learning experience - both affirming and reaffirming. I have so many ideas to try out and a long list of nature based tasks to get underway with my class. This is just the beginning!

Thanks for reinvigorating the earth ed connection. Inspiring and exciting!

Left me feeling full to the brim with excitement! I can’t wait for the conversations and interactions I am soon to have around nature play. Thank you.

Challenging, thought provoking – I loved it!

Thank you for lifting our energy and joining us into something new ; for connecting us and showing that we ARE making an effect on kids - and there are lots of us!

I really appreciated the opportunity to be in a space to be inspired, form new ideas and reflect on my programs.

I've learnt some very practical activities/strategies that I can implement straight away. It's reinspired me to continue my nature based journey.

Some great ideas about including other materials and how the children can always be involved in making their mark.  Thank you.

What a great day! Simple yet powerful learning experiences for children and families.
Easy to adapt to any setting. 
I've learnt to love the outdoors again!

So, are you coming OUTSIDE to play?