“The future belongs to the nature smart” – Richard Louve, author of ‘Last Child in the Woods’
Earth Kids Programs 2020:
- Autumn – 14th to 16th April – Cancelled
- Winter – 30th June to 2nd July
- Spring – 22nd 24th September
- Summer: 15th to 17th December
Earth Kids Homeschool dates 2020:
- Tuesdays in term 2 (May 12th to June 16th) – Cancelled
- Fridays in term 4 (dates TBC)
Connecting your Children to Nature Webinars
With lots of time at home and opportunities for nature time presented to many of us, we are offering a one-off webinar on April 7th and a webinar series in May-June on ‘Connecting your Children to Nature’ for parents. These will provide ideas, activities and approaches that will help connect you and your children to nature, and foster a sense of stewardship for the Earth. Time in nature also has the added positives of physical and mental health benefits, which are also needed at this time. The webinars will be run by Emma Brindal, our Youth Education Coordinator, who developed and runs the NSCF Earth Kids programs.
Connecting your Children to Nature: A webinar for parents
Tuesday 7th April, 9.30 -11 am
This webinar will provide ideas, activities and approaches that will help connect you and your children to nature, and foster a sense of stewardship for the Earth.
For more information, email Emma at email@example.com.
NSCF Earth Kids programs are about supporting kids to become ‘nature smart’ – to have the knowledge, understandings and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world – in a fun and interactive way.
It is an experiential program of outdoor discovery, in which kids will learn about the animals and plants at the Farm through observation and supported questioning; explore Indigenous knowledge; experiment with Ecoarts and bushcraft skills; and put permaculture into practice.
Each program differs according to the seasons and to include a diversity of activities. Some of the activities will be:
- Gardening – planting, harvesting, composting, bush tucker and learning about seasonal changes;
- Bushcraft – building shelters, making string, making fires;
- Ecoarts – creativity using natural materials;
- Indigenous understanding – storytelling, cultural sharing;
- Earth connection – daily ‘sit spots’, mapping, wandering and other activities to support understanding of the web of life and the elements that all life is made of.
School Holiday Programs: The program is for children aged 7 to 12 years of age, (or turning 7 this year) and runs from 9am to 3pm each day (drop off from 8.30am and pick up until 3.15pm).
“I loved it, I loved all of it.” – Xanthe, aged 7.
“It was really good and I really enjoyed it. Loved all the activities and the magic spots.” Kiera, aged 10
“I really liked the games, kids and activities.” – Mabry, aged 8.
“What a fantastic program! School holidays made easy at last! Kids loved it and learned so much! Thanks to the fantastic teachers. We can’t wait until next time!” – Eleanor Chenery, parent.
“We truly had an excellent week. The programme was educational, but also lots of fun with new friends and new skills. The programme was so well organised, delivered and supervised, and the teachers were great. I would recommend this to anyone, and we will attend again. And again. And again! Thanks so much.” – Melanie Davidson, parent.
Prices for 3-day school holiday program
**All prices are inclusive of GST and the eventbrite booking fee**
Three part-scholarship places are available at $140 per child for parents with Health Care Cards. There are also limited places for children with a parent who volunteers at $120. Contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in either of these options.
|Early bird fees||First child||Additional children|
|Health Care Card (parent as HCC holder)||$170||$140|
|Full fees||First child||Additional children|
|Health Care Card(parent as HCC holder)||$200||$170|
Prices for homeschool program
Prices as per 3 day program in table above. Limited places for children with a parent who volunteers at $140.
Winter School Holidays program – bookings will open soon
Once payment has been received, and in order to complete your child’s registration, parents are required to:
- Fill out the online enrolment form here.
- Read through the parents handbook (below);
- Sign and return the permissions form (below).
We look forward to inspiring your children to connect with and care for the Earth!
For enquiries please email Emma at email@example.com
Volunteering on the Earth Kids Program
We welcome volunteers to join in the fun on our Earth Kids Programs.
Three or more days is preferred for volunteering, but two days may be possible if you are keen and that is all you are able to do (especially for the 3 day programs).
Volunteers are required to have a current blue card (with the exception of parents who have children participating in the program) and to attend an induction prior to the Earth Kids program.
For more information on volunteering, please see: EK volunteer information.
For non-parent volunteers, to apply, please fill out an online application form.
“This generation will require leaders and citizens who can think ecologically, understand the interconnectedness of human and natural systems, and have the will, ability, and courage to act.” – Michael K. Stone