Earth Kids Holiday Program

The NSCF Earth Kids school holiday program is a 3-day program that supports children 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.

The future belongs to the nature smart” – Richard Louv, author of ‘Last Child in the Woods’

Earth Kids Holiday Program Dates 2024

Earth Kids Autumn 

Tues 9th – Thurs 11th April

Earth Kids Winter 

Tues 25th – Thurs 27th June

Earth Kids Spring

Tues 17th – Thurs 19th September

Earth Kids Summer

Tues 17th – Thurs 19th December

About Earth Kids

NSCF Earth Kids programs are about supporting children to become ‘nature smart’ – to have the knowledge, understanding 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 children learn about the animals and plants at the Farm through observation and supported questioning; explore First Nations knowledge with guest presenters; experiment with Ecoarts and bushcraft skills; and put permaculture into practice. The program aims to support children to develop a love of place and the animals and plants that live in this bioregion.

Each program differs according to the seasons and includes a diversity of activities. Some of the activities are:

  • Gardening – planting, harvesting, composting, and learning about bush foods and seasonal changes;
  • Bushcraft – building shelters, making string, making fires;
  • Ecoarts – creativity using natural, recycled, or repurposed materials;
  • First Nations understanding – storytelling, cultural sharing;
  • Earth connection – bird language, ‘magic spots’, mapping, wandering, and other activities to support understanding of the web of life and the elements that all life is made of.

 

The school holiday program is for children aged 6 to 12 years of age and runs from 9am to 3pm each day (drop off from 8.30am and pick up until 3.15pm).

We also offer a homeschool program during the Term. Please see here for more information.

Prices and Booking

Three part-scholarship places are available at $165 per child for parents with Health Care Cards.  

There are also limited places for children with a parent who volunteers for all 3 days at $145

Contact Cristyan at youthedn@nscf.org.au if you are interested in either of these options.

Completing Registration

Once payment has been received, and in order to complete your child’s registration, parents are required to:

1. Fill out the online enrolment form here.

2. Read through the parents’ handbook (below);

3. Sign and return the permissions form (below).

Earth Kids Parents and Guardians Handbook

NSCF Earth Kids permissions form

We look forward to inspiring your children to connect with and care for the Earth!

For enquiries please email the youth education coordinator at youthedn@nscf.org.au

Volunteering on the Earth Kids Program

Register your interest in volunteering in our youth education programs by filling out this form. The youth education coordinator will contact you.

Note that some volunteers are required to have a valid Blue Card and attend an induction before the start of the program. Kids with parents volunteering are eligible for a discounted price (conditions apply).

For enquiries, please contact the youth education coordinator at youthedn@nscf.org.au

“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

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