“The future belongs to the nature smart” – Richard Louve, author of ‘Last Child in the Woods’
Earth Kids Programs 2018
Spring School Holiday Program (5 day program): September 24th to 28th
Summer School Holiday Program (3 day program): December 18th to 20th
Homeschoolers Program (6 x half days, running weekly): Friday mornings, 9.30-12.30, 12th October to 16th November
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 Earth Arts 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;
- Earth Arts – 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 3.30pm).
“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 program
$210 per child for parents holding a Health Care Card | $280 Full
For every second and third child there is a $30 discount – eg. First child $280, second and third child $250.
There are also limited volunteer places for parents, with their child/ren’s attendance at $105 (GST inclusive). Contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this.
Prices for 5-day program
Four scholarship places are available at $165 (GST inclusive) per child for parents with Health Care Cards, and there are additional places available for parent volunteers at the same price. Contact Emma at email@example.com if you are interested in this.
$295 – $395 (GST inclusive)Sliding scale according to parental income (suggested price; self-nominated):
|Combined Parental income||First child||Additional children|
|less than $80,000||$295||$245|
|$80,000 – $150,000||$345||$295|
For every second and third child there is a $50 discount – eg. First child $345, second and third child $295.
Homeschoolers Program (6 x half days, running weekly) HERE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2018.
To apply to volunteer, 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