Let’s get inspired together!
What is it about:
As the nature play movement grows in New Zealand, we want to provide you with a way to connect with like minded people while gaining knowledge and confidence to use nature as the teacher. Come and join us for a day of inspiration with some amazing New Zealand speakers, who will be exploring our children’s connection to their local environment through conversation and interaction. Our speakers will challenge you, inspire you and provide you with tools and strategies to take away with you.
Who is it aimed at:
This conference is aimed at teachers and those who work directly and indirectly with children (ECE educators and primary teachers, urban planners/designers, enthusiastic parents). Anyone who works with children will benefit in attending.
People will leave the conference:
- Having connected and networked with like-minded people
- Gaining an understanding of some of the research and benefits of child-led free play in nature
- Understanding ways to incorporate and develop manawhenua in nature play
- With more confidence in their own ability using nature as a teacher
- Armed with knowledge to support them in getting children outdoors and into their local environment
- Inspired by new ideas through practical workshops
Friday 3rd April 2020
|8.45-9.25m||MIHI Te-Kaharoa Manahera (Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga), Celia Hogan (Little Kiwis Nature Play)|
|9.25-9.45am||BREAK / Networking|
|9.45-10.45am||SPEAKER – David Spraggs – Senior Teacher, Gisborne Kindergarten Association|
|10.45-11.15am||SHORT SESSION – Luisa Schreiber, Research Assistant, Auchland University of Technology|
|11.20-12.20pm||WORKSHOP ONE – 3 to choose from|
|12.20-1.10pm||LUNCH / Networking|
|1.10-2.10pm||SPEAKER – Harko Brown, Maori Playground Designer|
|2.15-3.15pm||WORKSHOP TWO – 3 to choose from|
|3.20-3.35pm||BREAK / Networking|
|3.35-4.35pm||SPEAKER – Celia Hogan, Nature Play Advocate and Founder of Little Kiwis Nature Play|
|4.35-4.55pm||WHOLE GROUP SESSION|
|4.55-5.00pm||THANK YOU and sum up|
Saturday 4th April (Optional Day 2 Workshop)
|9.00-12 noon||DAY 2 WORKSHOPS|
|– Emma Woods: Involving Children in Design & Decision Making|
|– Celia Hogan: Bringing Nature In|
|– Dani Lebo: TBC|
Keynote Speakers Information:
Friday 4th April 2020
- Super Early Bird $210 (up to 31st December 2019)
- Early Bird $235 (Up to 28th February 2020)
- Standard Rate $265
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th April 2020
- Two Day Super Early Bird $285 (up to 31st December 2019)
- Two Day Standard Registration $310 (Up to 28th February 2020)
- Two Day Standard Rate $340
Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
7% for groups of 4 or more on the same invoice.
If Little Kiwis Nature Play cancels the conference for any reason (except in the event of a natural disaster), a full refund of the registration fee will be returned. If you cancel your booking at least 30 days before the conference a full refund less a $40 admin fee per person will be made. If you cancel at least 14 days before the conference date, a refund will be made, less $100 per person. If you cancel your booking within 14 days prior to the conference date, no refund will be made but you can transfer your place for free.
Venue Day 1:
The conference will be held at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Conference room (behind the information centre/cafe). This is a great central location and in the beautiful surrounds of the Botanic Gardens. Here is a link to the location on google maps: Click Here.
Venues Day 2:
Various venues in Christchurch which are specified under the workshop tab and will also be confirmed in an email closer to the time.
YMCA on Hereford street and only 10mins walk to the venue, have given us a discount code to be used on their website only. The discount is for accommodation the couple of nights either side of the conference. The discount code will be available to use from 1st December 2019
Just apply the code “KIWI10”.
What Attendees Said Last Year:
Great to meet like-minded educators and listen to examples of how nature play can be implemented.
Extremely well organised. Very interesting speakers. Food was great.
Variety of speakers was great! So useful and inspiring (and practical) with ideas about how to connect Tamariki to Nature.
I felt it all worked well together. The day flowed and I enjoyed the different stages to the day.
A big thank you. Really enjoyed being with such a varied group of educators.
Great variety of speakers and perspectives – Interesting to hear about nature play initiatives.
The whole conference worked smoothly with great speakers!
A good balance of panel discussions, workshops, visuals, breaks, sharing of ideas, local resources and new information.
Still have questions?
Contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org