Nature Play Symposium 2017


presented by Nature Play QLD


What is the Importance of Unstructured Outdoor Play in Children's Lives?


The Nature Play QLD team is proud to be bring this next installment of important community conversations that WILL make a difference in the lives of the children you support.


Unstructured outdoor play - nature play - is FUN-damental to a full and healthy childhood.

Join us on a journey into why unstructured outdoor play is so vital for children. 

At ‘Just for the FUN of it’, we will explore the degree of fun and freedom in our children’s lives and the importance of developing an intrinsic love for outdoor play in our children, in order to achieve a well-balanced, healthy outdoor childhood.

Get active and inspired with hands-on nature play workshops, information, presentations and lots of opportunities for you to play both indoors and out. 

We have the collective ability to create exceptional and lifelong positive impacts by simply encouraging outdoor play. 

What practical steps can or should we take to ensure a happy, healthy and well-balanced future for our children? 

Symposium Outcomes

View Outcomes to the Nature Play Symposium 2017 here

Symposium Details

When:   Saturday 11 March 2017,
              8.30am to 5pm.
Where: Gold Coast Recreation Centre, 1525 Gold Coast Highway,
             Palm Beach, Gold Coast.

Tickets closed Friday 3 March.                           

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This Symposium has been specifically designed for the following audiences:

  • Primary school educators and Principals
  • Early childhood educators and centre leaders
  • Kindergarten educators
  • Family daycare professionals
  • Environmental educators 
  • Outside school hours care providers
  • Child health professionals
  • Community Groups 
  • Parents
  • P&C representatives
  • Local and State Government representatives
  • and more!



An excellent program full of exciting speakers and workshop facilitators.

Fun and play will be weaved through the day!  We have structured in lots of playtime with play experts to keep you playful.

View Program


Keynote Speakers and Workshop Facilitators

We are very pleased to have announced the expert keynote speakers and workshop facilitators, all of whom are leaders in their field.  Click the link below to find out who's presenting:

Keynote Speakers and Workshop Facilitators


Some feedback from our 2015 'Nature Play Symposium, Kids Outdoors 2030'.

"This was the most valuable PD I have ever been to - enjoyed and learnt a lot from every part of the day. I have been fortunate to be able to use information gained to make some big changes and plans at school."

"The Symposium was fantastic, I can’t wait for the next one and I’ll take my Principal."

"Participation in the ‘Kids Outdoors 2030' Symposium had a significant effect on my consideration of nature play and how I can promote it through my work and to family and friends…it reminded me of the huge capacity for creativity in our sector, and across sectors, to improve the healthful lives of humans!"


Optional Added Nature Play Learning Opportunities

WORKSHOPS - Friday 10 March, 8.30am to 4pm

Where:  Gold Coast Recreation Centre (Symposium Location)

These additional learning opportunities are for Symposium delegates, and you may choose one of the below learning oppportunities which run concurrently. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop

Learn how to implement Forest Learning into your educational centre.  Designed for educators working with children aged from 2 to 10 years, including early childhood, FDC, OSHC, home school and Primary School Educators. Learn more about here.

Cost:  $220 inc GST (+ booking fee).



Nature Play Spaces Workshop

Learn to transform your outdoor play space to a nature play space at your school, educational centre, park or community space, or for your own business. For schools, kindergartens or daycare centres, local government, community organisations and more! Learn more about here.

Cost:  $275 inc GST (+ booking fee).



Optional Items - Accommodation and Nature Play

On-site accommodation is available Friday 10 March and Saturday 11 March.  

­­­­We are very pleased that we can provide you with affordable accommodation and meals, which you can opt for during the registration process. 

Nature Play Opportunities, Sat 11 March - Start your morning of the Symposium immersed in nature and nurturing your playful mindset. Just for the fun of it.  Choose from three optional early morning nature play activities: 

1. Guided stand-up paddle board down the stunning Tallebudgera Creek. 
2. Bushwalk through Burleigh Head National Park.
3. Morning yoga on the beach.  
Purchase with your Symposium ticket. Numbers are limited.

Optional Accommodation and Nature Play Activities here


The Nature Play QLD team looks forward to you joining us on this journey of unstructured play!

In the meantime, join the online conversation and updates with the Nature Play Symposium 2017 Facebook Event


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