Nature Passport encourages Colac Families to enjoy the outdoors

With the scent of spring in the air, Barwon Child, Youth & Family are providing families in Colac with an innovative and interactive way to head outdoors and enjoy the wonderful natural surroundings located right on our doorstep.

In the coming weeks pre-school and prep aged children across Colac will be receiving their own personal Passport to Nature Play.

“The passport is a really fun way for families to explore all of the beautiful outdoor sites located throughout the Colac Otway Shire,” said Kim Coulter from Barwon Child, Youth & Family.

“Kids will love all of the activities within the passport and ticking off each of the locations they visit.”

Research commissioned by Planet Ark has found a dramatic shift in childhood activity from outdoor to indoor play in one generation. Close to 70 percent of adults played outdoors more than indoors when they were young compared to only 13 per cent of their children.

“We really encourage children and families to get out together and reap the endless benefits of playing in nature. The passports are full of fantastic ideas of what to do outside within our region by following the philosophy of the Nature Play Pyramid,” said Coulter.

In conjunction with the distribution of the Passport, the HIPPY Colac staff will host a Bush Group on Tuesday 1 September with visitors from the HIPPY Moreland team.

“There has been great interest in the Bush Group from far and wide. The opportunity to showcase the group to a team of people who work in an urban setting allows others to explore ways to encourage families to get outside more,” said Coulter.

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