Parks Week celebrated
INSPIRING children and their families to get out and connect with nature will be the focus of Parks Victoria’s celebrations during Parks Week from March 3 to 9.
PV’s chief executive, Bill Jackson, said this is a great time of the year to enjoy all that Victoria’s parks have to offer including camping, picnicking, bushwalking or just exploring your local park.
“Parks are a perfect playground for children and their families to have fun in and connect with nature,” said Dr Jackson.
“A growing body of research world-wide suggests that getting into parks and connecting with nature is good for people’s mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
“At a time when children are spending more time indoors with computers and other screens, and many are facing health issues through lack of exercise, it’s even more important to make the most of all the healthy benefits that our parks and nature provide.”
Locally, The Farmhouse is taking up to 36 children to Sheepyard Flat this Thursday and Friday, as part of its Bush Kinder program.
The children will walk the bridle track and note changes along the way that they will discuss and represent on their return.
They do this once a term and become quite efficient at noting the changes as they walk through the area.
On the way home in the bus they will discuss what they have seen and then draw and paint it later to show the changes.
“There are some fantastic programs and activities available and I encourage everyone to get involved and make the most of Victoria’s beautiful parks and stunning natural environments,” Dr Jackson said.
Parks Victoria is encouraging children to get out and enjoy what the parks have to offer, with its Junior Ranger Program, for primary-aged children and their families to explore and have fun in Victoria’s parks and reserves by enjoying special activities during the school holidays.
Its Bush Kinder program offers preschool education programs held almost exclusively outdoors.
Here, children are encouraged to take the lead in playing, exploring and learning in a forest or natural environment.
And Parks Week is an annual celebration of the important role that parks play in contributing to healthy communities.