Knowing Nature - Brisbane
Saturday, 22 October 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)
What's it about?
‘Knowing Nature’ is about exactly that. A day where we invite you to come to a natural space in Brisbane to learn about, connect with the natural world and reflect on the potential of your own environment. To be curious, to listen with intent, and to immerse yourself through being in nature.
We are delighted to welcome Chris from the Forest School Learning Initiative in the United Kingdom to open ‘Knowing Nature’. Chris will share her insights and energy inspiring you to connect with the natural world and become one with nature.
You will have the opportunity to engage in a number of workshop sessions, including connecting with the land through a Walk on Country and practicing the ancient wisdom of Daddiri. We will work together to create an interactive art installation using natural materials. Our sense of belonging will be deepened through nature stories gaining inspiration to embrace the natural world as a third teacher.
If you are curious about teaching outside, have a passion for building your own and children’s knowledge of the natural world or want to learn more about cultural connections to this country then this event is for you.
‘Knowing Nature’ sets the stage for dynamic learning opportunities in outdoor environments and assists both ourselves and those we work with to develop an ecological identity – nature is not just outside, it is us.
‘Knowing Nature’ is proudly delivered in partnership with Nature Play Queensland and to have a true ‘Bush Week’ experience in October we encourage you to also register for ‘Forest School Leader Training’ commencing 24th October.
The Urban Forest School (Chris Dee) Keynote
The keynote speech will look at an Introduction to the Forest school ethos and approach, including the history of Forest School and links to childcare theory. It will look at health and safety considerations, and most importantly the risk benefits and how we empower children to manage risk. Chris will look at the potential development of Forest school in Queensland and use of Urban areas to develop Forest school as well as usable outdoor areas to facilitate childrens learning. The speech will look at statistical evidence related to children engaging in the outdoor and how as Practitioners we can address the barriers.
Workshop Options Session 1:
The World is our Classroom (Stephen Gallen)
Walking on Country (Danny Doyle & Rona Scherer)
Writing Nature Stories (Geira Jen)
Workshop Options Session 2:
Nature Play Spaces (Angela Wright)
The Goodness of Dadirri (Danny Doyle & Rona Scherer)
Ecological Storytelling (Geira Jen)
Workshop Options Session 3:
Walking on Country (Danny Doyle & Rona Scherer)
Becoming Enchantment Detectives (Hyahno Moser)
Sharing the Beauty of Nature (Stephen Gallen)
Stephen has 20 years’ experience of teaching in the early childhood field, with a focus in long day care. He has also been delivering professional development in the field for over a decade. He was a founding member of the QUT Student Guild Kelvin Grove Centre (School St), and has been working with emergent curriculum and related perspectives for many years. He is interested in how childcare professionals and children find meaning in their work together using documentation.
Angela Wright is the Principal Advisor, Strategy and Policy for the Redland City Council City Spaces Group. She is also on the management committees of Parks and Leisure Australia (Qld) and the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation. In her spare time Angela advocates through work with Nature Play Qld for children to have better and more meaningful access to natural areas for a whole range of benefits including play.
Geira Jen is the Director of Numala Kinder Nature Play – a Gold Coast business supporting children and families in nature connection and unstructured play outside. Jennifer is a teacher, accomplished Storyteller, Artist and Marriage Celebrant. The name Geira Jen is Jennifer’s title for her work in nature play, after ‘Geira’ the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. Geira Jen believes that to develop truly sustainable habits in our daily lives we must also develop strong relationships with nature, community and be a part of education for Reconciliation.
Like most children of his generation, Hyahno spent most of his leisure time outside, therefore it came as no surprise to his family when he choose a career in Outdoor Education. For 10 years, Hyahno was involved in devising, facilitating, teaching and leading young people through worldclass, outdoor education programs, using adventure and nature to teach children vital life-skills. Hyahno is passionate about nature play and believes the Nature Play program is a positive and practical way to ensure children participate in unstructured play in nature, delivering the myriad of benefits this type of play offers their physical and emotional health.
Danny lives in Brisbane, and his traditional affiliation lies with the Yugara/Yugarapul, Yarowair and Iman peoples through his paternal heritage, and the Wakka Wakka/Wulli Wulli peoples through his maternal lineage. Danny is a cultural facilitator and educator and he has worked with schools, community groups and organisations around Queensland since 2003 promoting and educating communities about Aboriginal cultures.
Rona comes from the Yalanji and Mamu people of Far North Queensland, having a strong and active role in her homelands. She comes with diverse experiences from administration to curating art exhibitions and conducting workshops and conference presentations focused on inclusion. Rona also sits on the Board of Mullen Bun Goon for the Mamu Tropical Skywalk in Far North Queensland. Rona sees her role as a Workforce Consultant with the Workforce Council as supporting the shift towards a truly reconciled and progressive nation.
When & Where
Health and Community Services Workforce Council Inc.
Since we were founded in 1992, the Workforce Council has supported the health and community services industry to meet their current and future workforce needs, and has developed into one of Queensland’s leading industry workforce bodies.
We enjoy a reputation as an inclusive and active peak body that delivers insightful, informed and intelligent support in workforce insights, strategy and capability.
Our team cares about the industry and has helped thousands of people to make positive improvements in their day-to-day work practices across a range of disciplines and skill-sets.
Over more than two decades, the Workforce Council has developed unique and effective expertise which is underpinned by a truly collaborative approach and deep connections with industry, community and government.
We enhance the important work being done by health and community services workers throughout Queensland who provide essential services that make our communities healthier, more liveable and cohesive.
Our vibrant industry faces increasing pressure to meet the needs of communities, families and individuals right across Queensland. The Workforce Council provides practical support and sense of connection, helping you and our industry as a whole to work well together.