Creating Creative Outdoor Experiences

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Northend Bowling Club

112 Gala Street

Invercargill, Southland 9812

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Unpacking why, what, and how of engaging in Nature Play to improve physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of child development.

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Creating Creative Outdoor Experiences, with Wendy Pirie.

When: Tuesday 22 September 2020. 8:30am – 4pm

Where: Northend Bowling Club , 112 Gala Street, Invercargill.

Who: School staff, community members, and those with an interest in Nature Play and Education.

Cost: Free - morning tea and lunch will be provided.

NB - We will be outside for the majority of the day around Queen’s Park so please dress to the conditions. We will also be committed to reducing waste so ask that you come with your own name badge and re-usable mug if you have one and also your own camp chair, picnic rug, sit upon or groundsheet to sit on.

Wendy Pirie MHScWendy has been working alongside children, their families, teachers and clinicians since 2004 unpacking the role that movement and nature plays in child development. Her educational background in exercise science, population health and child development has given a broad base from which to approach many child related topics.Through her work as Director and Trainer for TimberNook Australasia Wendy introduced TimberNook philosophy and programmes across both countries, founding TimberNook Hawkes Bay with husband Colin. Now an independent nature play expert Wendy consults in the development and implementation of nature play programmes across education, health, community and parenting. Last year Wendy founded and is a Director of The DEN. Discover Education in Nature is a unique and innovative early learning centre for children aged 2 - 6 years nestled in 2-acres of playspace in Hawkes Bay and is made up of four cornerstones, well-being/ belonging, discovery, education, movement and nature.Her experience as early years project lead and Trustee for the Hawkes Bay Institute of Sport has extended her special interest in connecting Hauora, education and sport for the best outcomes for children.

Focus: Topics: Discussions:

• Nature play pedagogical knowledge past, present and future

• What is nature play?

• Why nature play?

• Who is nature play for?

• How to prepare and plan for creating outdoor experiences

• A community lens

• An education lens

• A health lens

• A social and emotional lens

• Through the eyes of a child

• Through the eyes of an adult

• Individuals or groups

• Facilitated or free play

• Provocations for curiosity


• Clay art

• Reflective journals

• Hut

• Finger knitting

• Earth seed balls

• Harakeke weaving

Any questions? Please contact Carla Werder - School Facilitator at Sport Southland on 03 211 2150 or email -

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