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Free movie to encourage connecting children to nature

Thursday 20 March, 2014

To celebrate Nature Play Week 2014 from 1-6 April, free screenings of the documentary Project Wild Thing that highlights the importance of connecting children to nature, will be shown at Dunkeld Bowling Club on Wednesday 2 April.

Parks Victoria will also launch its principles for groups who want to run Bush Kinders on Parks Victoria managed land that focus on working together to protect the land while having fun.

Parks Victoria Community Relations Manager, Deb Prentice said, “We’d like to inspire more people to encourage children to get outside and enjoy all that our natural environment has to offer.”

 “We’re also hoping that this new set of simple principles will help local communities understand how easy it is to run Bush Kinders in their area.”

“Research tells us that connecting children with nature is important for their intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical development,” she said.

“Locally, Dunkeld Kindergarten has worked hard to introduce a Bush Kinder program that is proving highly successful in providing a great environment for children to enjoy exploring, socialising, learning and of course, having fun outdoors,” said Ms Prentice.

Project Wild Thing is an English documentary that takes a light-hearted and amusing look at the importance of reconnecting children with nature and the outdoors in an increasingly busy, risk adverse and urbanised world, where screens are rated higher than play.

Project Wild Thing Screening

When:  Wednesday 2 April, 7:00 - 9.00pm  

Where: Dunkeld Bowling Club, Memorial Park, Wills St, Dunkeld.

Who: The documentary is targeted for an adult audience but children are welcome to accompany their parents if necessary.

Bookings: Entry is by gold coin donation and bookings are essential. All proceeds will go to Dunkeld Kindergarten. For bookings and enquiries please phone Parks Victoria on 13 1963.
If you wish to trial a bush kinder on Parks Victoria land, please contact Deb Prentice on 0438 544 218.

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