Category Archives: Communities

The value of Self, Environment and Community

The three-way relationship between self, environment and community is recognised and celebrated here at Educated by Nature. The combination of these three forces is essential in the development of resilient, healthy and happy community members. The books, Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators (David Sobel), Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (Jon Young), and…

Deep Nature Connection

“The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky.” Rachel Carson Nature is all around us, whether we live in an urban place or the wide-open space of a country farm. From the…

Educated by Nature appears on the ABC

While in Canberra, delivering workshops and incursions for local educators and families one of our Directors, Daniel Burton, popped into the ABC Canberra radio station to have a chat with Afternoon’s presenter Anna Vidot about the importance of Nature in children’s lives, why risk is important and how we can start to make nature a…

Building Resilience and Protection

Building Resilience and protection against bullying Like many Australians this week, I have been touched by the story of ‘Dolly’ and her suicide at the age of 14. My husband and I have been reading her story of life with mixed emotions. Often with tears welling up in our eyes. Many of you will not…

Find Your Sit Spot

Find your Sit Spot… a moment of connection in nature. You may have heard the term ‘sit spot’ but are not really sure what it is, or why it could be the best few moments to build into your daily routine in 2018. Here’s a quick reminder. We challenge you to try it out every…

Large Scale Play – Big Fun Outdoors

Large Scale Play can be defined as play that requires the use of the whole body. An activity that engages big muscles and challenges the body physically. Angela Hanscom covers this topic in detail in her book, Balanced and Barefoot. She states, “When your children are given both the time and space to move, they’ll naturally…

Building Resilience in Children

When Trudi and I started Educated by Nature, one of our main goals was to create environments and experiences where children could find opportunities for building resilience. We found, through our experiences as teachers, we had seen the rapid decline in resilience, self-efficacy and awareness in children of all ages in our communities. Today, more than…

Mentoring Kids In Nature

Over the last year we (Trudi and Daniel) have been refining how we can best provide nature connection opportunities for families in Perth. Through Educated by Nature we have set up regular Mud Pies Nature Playgroups, run successful KIN Village school holiday programs, have established two after school Bush Inventors’ Clubs, developed a partnership program with…