Nature at Play: Taking the Learning Outside using the Five Senses

3rd September, 2018 @ 9:00 am


03/09/2018 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Nature at Play: Building Knowledge and Understanding about Natural Environments through Creating, Exploring and Risk Taking

For: Early Childhood and Foundation Leaders, Teachers and Educators


Scope of Session

Maria Taylor from Nature Play SA and Libby Worrell from AISSA will work with early years educators to develop practical skills and routines to successfully take learning outside. This half day workshop will be delivered in a master class format, where we will use our five senses to explore a range of outdoor learning opportunities to broaden and develop everyday practices.

Participants will be inspired and supported to take the learning outdoors with an authentic, adventurous and risk-taking approach that enables children and educators to truly engage in the natural environment. This ‘hands on’ workshop will include opportunities to:

  • Build your own outdoor learning kit – the ‘grab’ bag to support learning outdoors
  • Create resources to support your outdoor learning adventures, made from recycled and readily available materials
  • Learn how to tie a range of knots and weaving techniques to use with children
  • Build small and large tepees from natural materials
  • Write your own risk/benefit documents to take back to site to support cubby building, bare foot exploration, water play and loose parts play
  • Develop your Outdoor Toolkit to support your practice.


Core foci

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

1.1  Lead colleagues to select and develop teaching strategies to improve student learning using knowledge of the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.
4.1 Demonstrate and lead by example the development of productive and inclusive learning environments across the school by reviewing inclusive strategies and exploring new approaches to engage and support all students.

National Quality Standards for Early Childhood Education and Care

2.2.2 Physical activity is promoted through planned and spontaneous experiences and is appropriate for each child.
3.2.1 Outdoor and indoor spaces are designed and organised to engage every child in quality experiences in both built and natural environments.
5.1.2 Every child is able to engage with educators in meaningful, open interactions that support the acquisition of skills for life and learning.



Libby Worrell, Educational Consultant, AISSA
Maria Taylor, Nature Play SA


Wittunga Botanic Garden Visitor Brochure Map



Wittunga Botanic Garden (official address is 328 Shepherds Hill Road Blackwood), but to access the workshop the Garden is on the corner of Sherbourne Road and Shepherds Hill Road, and you will need to park on Sherbourne Road and enter via the gate at the roundabout, where there is a homestead. Please meet at the homestead at 8.50am.


For all registration enquiries please contact Sandy Cross.



Bookings are closed for this event.