Nature Play Queensland

Nature Play QLD inspires children’s outdoor play, learning, and a love of nature.  It is founded on the understanding that unstructured play outdoors is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood.

Unstructured outdoor play – nature play - is proven to significantly improve all aspects of child development. It promotes benefits to health and well-being, including cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as building resilience, creativity and more.

Most parents and educators understand the lifelong need of nature play; yet unfortunately, too many children are not getting the outdoor contact and unstructured outdoor playtime they need. There’s a worrying trend of children’s playtime being spent participating in sedentary activities; often partly due to busy families and heightened by the use of technology for recreation.

As a community, we can all take action to curb the growing trend of sedentary behaviour of children in our state. Nature Play QLD is playing a leading role in the solution. Nature Play QLD increases the time children spend playing and learning in nature by encouraging the community to value it, by providing resources, information, events and activity ideas for adults to support their children’s outdoor play.

Get your children involved in Nature Play QLD’s free activities and resources, such as their innovative and world-leading ‘Passport to An Amazing Childhood Program’ developed to inspire children to reconnect with unstructured play in nature.

More about the organisation

Nature Play QLD is inspired by the ideas of American social commentator Richard Louv and the Children & Nature Network, and is administered in Queensland by Outdoors Queensland.

Nature Play QLD is a collaborative organisation, working with partner groups to encourage the Queensland community to value nature play, and support families to prioritise it in children’s lives.