Outdoors Queensland Awards 2020

The Outdoors Queensland Awards 2020 is designed to acknowledge an organisation, an individual, a special event or program, for contribution to the outdoor sector in Queensland.

There are 9 categories in which you can nominate, including two Nature Play Awards: 

 

Nature Play Education Award

This award is for educational services or institutions, such as schools or childcare centres, that have increased the time kids spend in outdoor learning, Forest School, or unstructured outdoor play.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see above), and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Innovative educational program development to increase or integrate nature play into the educational service
  • A commitment to the nature play or outdoor learning ethos
  • Ability to demonstrate a creative approach to curriculum interpretation in outdoor learning.
  • Child’s’ regular and ongoing access to nature play experiences
  • Development of the educational grounds or use of external settings
  • Outdoor environment is suitably challenging; risk assessments and consent for its use in place.
  • Demonstrated effective use of resources, including links with the local community, organisations, and parents.
  • Use of Nature Play QLD resources within an educational setting.

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • The educational services ability to meet or exceed some or all of the criteria above
  • Organisation’s key policies, ethos, or promotional materials where nature play or outdoor learning is outlined.

 

Nature Play Community Award

This award is for communities (individuals or organisations*) that have developed initiatives to increase the time kids spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria (see below), and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through:

  • Innovative programs, events or activities for children 12 years or under
  • Exciting nature play spaces
  • Creative resources for nature play
  • Awareness-raising events, publications or services

Judging of the nomination will take into consideration:

  • Details of the program, event or activity, the target group, the delivery, and what was achieved?
  • Description of the nature play space and/or resources?
  • What can others learn from the success of the initiative?
  • How has the nominee made a contribution to the nature play community?

*Not educational institutions – educational organisations are encouraged to nominate for the Nature Play Education Award

 

Essential Criteria

Nominees for each award, whether individuals or organisations, should meet some or all of the following essential criteria:

  • High achievement in a particular field
  • The achievement of significant outcomes for organisations, communities or individuals
  • Excellent role modeling
  • Operating in an ethical manner
  • Demonstrating industry best practice
  • Responsible use of outdoor resources
  • Dedication and commitment to the broader outdoor community
  • Development of all-inclusive practices and /or programs
  • Industry and/or peer recognition

 

If you would like to make a nomination for the Nature Play Awards or any of the other awards to help recognise industry leaders, head to the Outdoors Queensland website to make your nomination. Nominations close August 21st, 2020.

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