Why Playing in the Mud is More Than Just Fun

Author: Hyahno Moser
Date: 21st February 2017
By Hyahno Moser, Nature Play QLD 21st February 2015 As a child, I was drawn to mud. Some of my fondest childhood memories saw me covered in the stuff, head to toe. This grubby, gooey, sticky substance always seemed to have magical powers as a child. In its presence, so much is possible. Simply st...

Ignite Your Children’s Interest in Science

Author: Kirsty Costa
Source: Cool Australia
Date: 16/02/2017
By Kirsty Costa, Cool Australia Research coming out of the USA suggests that most children form an opinion about science by the time they reach 7 years old. Including science in early childhood education is crucial to ensuring that children have positive attitude and interest in science. Why do ch...

Aussie Female Scientists

Author: Kirsty Costa
Source: Cool Australia
Date: 06/02/2017
By Kirsty Costa, Cool Australia Adapted from the article by SBS - Meet 6 Impressive Aussie Women Scientists All around Australia, there are remarkable women in Science studying volcanoes, developing cures to medical diseases and designing robots. Here are a few female scientists who are leaders...

Who We Are: Brave New Clan

Foster student knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. The 'Who We Are: Brave New Clan' films explore the lives of six exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We’ve teamed up with Reconciliation Australia to provid...

Aspire Generation

Support your students to develop work skills and give back to their community. We’ve partnered with La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which celebrates young volunteers and leaders. This free-to-access Year 9 and 10 Work Studies unit will help your students make positive cont...

How Dirt Makes You Happy

Author: Bonnie Grant
Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on...

How Contact with Nature Can Benefit Our Health

Author: Dr Dimity Williams
Date: April 2015
By Dr Dimity Williams, Doctors for the Environment Australia Instinctively, we want contact with nature- we’d all like the office with a view of the park instead of a view of the carpark. Yet few doctors are aware of the health benefits associated with regular contact with nature and this is desp...

How Aboriginal Burning Changed Australia’s Climate

Author: Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll
Date: January 12, 2012
For thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians burned forests to promote grasslands for hunting and other purposes. Recent research suggests that these burning practices also affected the timing and intensity of the Australian summer monsoon. It is perhaps difficult for some of us to imagine that a...

Using Fire to Keep Country Pristine and Culture Strong

Date: 18th May 2016
The Wattleridge Aboriginal rangers in northern New South Wales are using cultural burning to look after their country while regaining lost cultural knowledge. For thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have successfully used fire to control their country. So, a project rei...

Even Babies Need the Outdoors

Author: Nature Play SA
This information is from Nature Play SA. Click here to access their fact sheet. WHY DO BABIES NEED THE OUTDOORS? As humans, we are hardwired to respond to the natural environment. It’s why being outside can shift our mood, help us cope with the pressures of life and generally make us feel ...