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Australia’s biggest Outdoor Classroom Day led by Nature Play WA
Western Australia's outdoor play advocacy group Nature Play WA has co-ordinated the country's biggest-ever Outdoor Classroom Day - registering over 308,000 Australian children to take part in the global initiative today.
Now in its third year, Outdoor Classroom Day is a worldwide movement where lessons are held outside to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.
Locally, more than 80,000 Western Australian children - including more than 45% of Western Australia's primary schools - will take their classes outside today.
The Australian campaign is co-ordinated by Nature Play WA - the State's leading body dedicated to increasing the time children spend in nature and unstructured play outdoors.
Many of the schools participating in Outdoor Classroom Day - both in Australia and around the world - will also be utilising a learning resource developed in Western Australia by Nature Play WA and the Western Australian Department of Education.
Launched in July, the My Outdoor Classroom resource is now being used in 36 countries around the world, including the United States, China, Germany, India, Lebanon, Peru, and Vietnam. It has been downloaded by more than 4,100 classrooms globally.
My Outdoor Classroom includes a downloadable 'Nature Passport' activity booklet and detailed lesson plans for outdoor classes.
Acknowledging the initiative, Western Australian Sport and Recreation Minister, Mick Murray stated "Outdoor Classroom Day is a terrific way to get kids active outdoors and learning about nature, and I commend Nature Play WA for their nation-leading role in this space.
"Not only has Nature Play WA co-ordinated Australia's biggest Outdoor Classroom Day to date, the My Outdoor Classroom resource - developed right here in WA - is now being used around the world."
Nature Play WA Chief Executive, Griffin Longley added "Outdoor Classroom Day and the Nature Passport resource are designed to celebrate and inspire outdoor play and learning in our schools so it can become part of every day in the future.
"A huge number of schools and early learning centres are taking part in the Outdoor Classroom Day campaign every year, which is a clear sign that the WA community is right behind a return to outdoor learning.
"We wanted to create a resource to support educators and families, and encourage children to investigate nature, to play, create, imagine and have some fun while learning.”
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19th October 2017 - Nature Play WA launches innovative outdoor play app
18th October 2017 - $4 million Nature Play Garden officially opened in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands
15th November 2015 - Risky outdoor play positively impacts children’s health
27th March 2015 - Kids’ Adventure Outdoors event to encourage outdoors activity
15th April 2015 - Brimbank Park welcome day marks commencement of Nature Play Week
5th May 2014 - Nature Play passports to encourage activity for children
27th February 2014 - Western Australia’s Nature Play initiative goes national
27th December 2012 - Nature Play sets the holiday challenge
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