It is a frightening and real fact that children are less physically active than ever. It is a startling statistic that only one in four children meet Australia’s Physical Activity guidelines, but Australia’s leading body in nature play, Nature Play SA, is about to turn this notion on its head with dynamic #ItsBetterOutside campaign featuring resources to inspire South Australians to get outside with their families.
The not for profit, South Australian run organisation has always had a simple vision…to encourage children to head outside into nature, whether that be in their backyards, local parks or wilder places, like National Parks.
NPSA, CEO, Sarah Sutter said “With the school holidays on our doorstep, winter upon us and the COVID-19 restrictions eased in South Australia, there has never been more of a need and opportunity for families to venture outside to embrace nature.
“With that in mind we have launched a pivotal campaign with inspiring resources, just in time for the July school holidays.”
The resources and the campaign to spread the message is aptly titled, #itsbetteroutside.
The new, family friendly resource provides hundreds of nature-based activities that can be accessed throughout metro and regional South Australia.
Ms Sutter said: “what we do know is the statistics aren’t favourable – but as a leading organisation in play and getting into nature – we can change them and achieve better outcomes for our children’s physical activity and overall wellbeing’.
Ms Sutter said: “We know is families are keen to get out, and it’s been made easier with the easing of restrictions here in SA – and we have a beautiful state waiting to be explored’
NPSA urges families with babies, toddlers, tweens and teens to visit the website, https://natureplaysa.org.au/ and check out the six lists we have developed that incorporate some of South Australia’s most iconic places. The lists offer up the best places to visit in our State under these headings:
- 11 of SA’s Best Adventure and Nature Playgrounds
- Adelaide’s Top 7 Family Waterfall Walks
- 9 Family Camping Spots in SA’s National Parks
- 10 Family National Parks Near Adelaide
- Top Forests For Families to Discover in SA
- Adelaide’s 9 Best Creeks For Families
Ms Sutter said: “We wanted families to have easy access to information to help encourage them outside.
“We know COVID-19 has affected our lives but we also know the importance nature has for our wellbeing and we have worked closely with the South Australian Tourism Commission to develop this exciting campaign and its feature resources.”
NPSA cancelled its two major iconic events for 2020: Cubby Town in Belair National Park and the Forest Festival in Kuitpo Forest – but the #itsbetteroutside campaign and resources is the perfect alternative.
The resource is accessible and offers countless outdoor experiences and activities, there is something for every family.
Ms Sutter said: “The resource fits perfectly into our vision to inspire the South Australian community to engage children in nature through outdoor learning and play.
“Spending time in nature, or ‘green space’, is a great way to reduce stress, anxiety, improve concentration and generally help us feel happier.