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Nature Play SA in Ceduna

News release
09 March 2017

Children of all ages, their parents and caregivers are being encouraged to spend time outdoors engaged in ‘nature play’ to gain a multitude of physical, cognitive and social benefits.

Benefits of outdoor play include reductions in the symptoms and severity of ADHD, reduced stress, reduced depression, reduced risk of obesity and increased confidence and self-esteem.

Nature Play SA, an organisation established by the South Australian Government to raise awareness about the importance of unstructured outdoor play in nature, will be coming to Ceduna next week to hold information sessions.

Local educators, community and council members and staff are invited to three sessions presented by the Nature Play SA team, along with Simon Hutchinson from Climbing Tree - all made possible with funding from the South Australian Government’s Targeted Area Grant funding.

By working with schools and the community, Natural Resources Officer Tayla Bowden said her team identified the need for more information on natural play spaces.

“We are encouraging people to enjoy and make time for being outdoors. With such spectacular coastline and many beautiful National Parks to visit so close to home it’s easy to take this for granted and forget to get outdoors and enjoy it,” Tayla said.

“Outdoor natural play is so important for children of all ages, uncontrolled play is what allows them to explore, build and discover. Children learn important life skills from these experiences.”

The sessions will highlight how enjoying outdoor activities have a flow-on effect to a child’s mental health, resilience and fitness.

A special full day workshop for teachers and educators will be held Tuesday 28 March at the Ceduna Sailing Club.

An evening information session for parents and community will be held on Tuesday 28 March at the Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre.

Local Council members and staff hoping to hear more about Nature Play are invited to a workshop on Wednesday morning 29 March at the Natural Resources Centre in Ceduna.

All sessions have limited places. Please book now by phoning Tayla on 8626 1108 or emailing: tayla.bowden@sa.gov.au . For more information visit www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ep

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Communications and Engagement Officer

(08) 8688 3111

dewnr.nrepadmin@sa.gov.au