Kids Outdoors 2030

Nature Play Symposium, 26 June 2015


NATURE PLAY SYMPOSIUM will explore what a well-balanced outdoor childhood will look like by 2030.

What would a well-balanced outdoor childhood entail?

What changes should we undertake to create a healthy and well-balanced future for our children?

What can we achieve together?





The actions we take now will affect the future for our children.  We need to take collective action to respond to the diminishing number of hours spent outdoors in unstructured play by our children.  It's a result of a growing trend of time spent in sedentary behaviour, largely from an increased use of screens.  Nature play is vital to a full and healthy childhood and as a community, we all need to take responsibility for undertaking action.  

Nature Play Symposium, as part of Kids Outdoors 2030, will explore what a well-balanced outdoor childhood will look like by 2030.  What practical steps can or should we take to ensure a better future for our children?

Industry thought leaders will lead discussions focused on issues including healthy development, nature play spaces and risk management. 

Break-out sessions will provide practical support to successfully implement change.

Come explore with us!

Where:  Queensland Recreation Centre, Gold Coast

               1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach QLD

On-site accommodation is available. It's a gorgeous location, with the central venue only metres from the beach!

When:   Fri 26 June 2015

Suitable for:  Nature Play Symposium will have something for everyone seeking to increase the time children spend outdoors: Educators (daycare to secondary) and Principals; Government; Community leaders and community groups; youth workers; academics; parents and mothers groups.  Enthusiastic children are also welcome to join the conversations.


Sector Support

Promotional overview, including a message of support from sector leader, Maggie Dent.

Maggie Dent is one of Australia's leading specialists on parenting and resilience; she's an educator, and an author of 7 books

Another message of support we received was from Tim Gill.  Tim Gill, creator of Rethinking Childhood, is one of UK’s leading thinkers on childhood, and advocate for positive change in children’s everyday lives:




Keynote Speaker

Announcing Keynote Speaker, Mike Lanza, USA

Mike Lanza

Mike Lanza is author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play .  He also blogs at He's worked hard to create a very rich neighbourhood play life for his three boys - ages 7, 4, and 2 - in Menlo Park, California. He's also discovered and written about dozens of neighbourhoods throughout North America that are doing innovative things to make a vibrant life for kids. Prior to his writing career, Mike was a five-time software and Internet entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He holds an MA in Education, an MBA, and an MA and BA in Economics, all from Stanford University.

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Purchase Tickets

One-day full Registration price $175.

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Nature Play Symposium is presented by Nature Play QLD in partnership with QORF and Australian Camps Association.  It is day one of a three-day event called Kids Outdoors 2030; the following two days of which are Sat 27 and Sun 28 June. Tickets can be purchased together or separately.


Symposium Sponsorship

Symposium Partner:

Symposium Workshop Sponsors            ESKAY kids


Sponsorship opportunity for Nature Play Symposium

Align YOUR organisation with the values with the goals and mission of Nature Play QLD by sponsoring the Nature Play Symposium.  Sponsorship will support an increase in community conversation around creating connections with nature by our children, support balanced lifestyles and increased play outdoors.  Your sponsorship will also support the participation of our  national and international thought leaders, and grow participants' abilities to successfully implement change.

View Nature Play Symposium Sponsorship Package here


Kids Outdoors 2030

Date:  27 & 28 June 2015

Hosted by QORF and ACA looking at issues and possibilities for outdoor education professionals to improve both personal practice and campsite management.

Click here for QORF website and full event info for Kids Outdoors 2030   

          QLD Outdoor Recreation Federation                      Australian Camps Association

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