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Discover how to re-wild your garden to inspire endless opportunities for imaginative play. Using nature’s gifts of plants, sand, mud, rock, and wood, design a playful wonderland on your doorstep to keep the kids off screens and happy outdoors for hours on end! This hand’s on, practical and lively workshop provides expert guidance on how to provide nature play spaces in your garden – for relatively little cost. In the morning we will explore nature play principles, the design process, spaces and materials that ignite creative play, reflect on our own childhoods and tune in to our children’s play needs. Then in the afternoon we will bring all we have learnt into a design hub to develop our beautiful new garden visions! Participants will take home a clear plan for their natural play area as written descriptions, sketches, or a garden plan ready to bring to fruition.
**Students to bring a plan of their courtyard or garden at 1:100 scale (1 m equals 1 cm). At the very least pace out your garden dimensions and add to a ‘mud-map’ to create a base plan at the workshop. Aerial photos from google maps can be useful. Also bring photos of your garden on your phone or ipad to reference during the workshop.
Tamsin Scott is a landscape architect with 25 years experience and a passion for bringing ‘heart’ into designing meaningful outdoor spaces. She is an advocate for nature play and delivers a number of connect- with-nature workshop/activities for children and families as Tamsin Scott Earth Play. Her insightful approach draws on her personal experiences as artist, garden designer, meditator, mother, and at times, her playful inner child.
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- How to create nature play spaces in your garden
- Learn aboubt nature play principles, design process
- Your own plan for your nature play area
- Students to bring a plan of their courtyard or garden at 1:100 scale (1 m equals 1 cm). At the very least pace out your garden dimensions and add to a ‘mud-map’ to create a base plan at the workshop. Aerial photos from google maps can be useful. Also bring photos of your garden on your phone or ipad to reference during the workshop.
Mums and Dads, carers of small children, family day care providers, home schooling parents Note: no previous design skills needed for this workshop!
Vendor since 2013
CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.
Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.
CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.
CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.
Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.