Connecting with nature

When children spend time exploring nature, whether in a local park, creek, backyard or within school grounds, they gain a multitude of physical, cognitive and social benefits:

As children observe, reflect, record, and share nature’s patterns and rhythms, they are participating in a process that promotes scientific and ecological awareness, problem solving and creativity. 
- Deb Matthews Hensley, 1999, Early childhood consultant

Time spent in nature can be categorised into two components: structured and unstructured.

  • Structured time is characterised by a set way to do things, such as monitoring and field trips. NRM Education provides a broad suite of resources to encourage students to engage with the natural world.
  • Unstructured time is self-guided and fosters imaginative and creative interactions.

An understanding and appreciation of nature is critical in helping us develop a meaningful connection and desire to protect it.

The following activities can be used on school camps or field trips, at the beginning of a unit of work, or during play time to engage students with their natural world.

Available to borrow

  • Connecting with nature kit
    Items to engage the five senses of touch, taste, sound, sight and smell.

Refer to related links below for more resources.


Related links

More information

  • Senior NRM Education Coordinator
    Upper level, Corner Mann & Walker Street, Mount Barker SA 5251
    08 8391 7500
    pippa.cattanach@sa.gov.au