In the “Exploring nature with children booklet

Nau mai, haere mai ki te Ao Tūroa
Welcome to the natural world

The natural world is a playground and place of discovery for adults and children alike... it is a place for adventure, exploration and imagination as well as generating a deepening care and connectedness with our environment.

As parents, grandparents and/or guardians we have a critical role in fostering that natural 'sense of wonder' that kids have. Connecting our children with nature through hands-on, informal exploration and play is a great way to do this.

Playing in Kaniwhaniwha cave. Photo: DOC/Adrienne Grant.
Kaniwhaniwha cave

This booklet is designed to give families practical ideas to share and enjoy the natural world - whether it be in your own backyard or out and about in local parks, reserves and beyond.

If tomorrow's caretakers of the earth
are to love and understand the natural world,
they need to explore it, enjoy it
and recognise our reliance upon it.2

2. Danks, F. and Schofield, J. 2005.

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