Catholic Education South Australia

Nature Play

Our school is a member of Nature Play SA, providing staff with ongoing support, ideas and inspiration for exploring and developing aspects of the Australian Curriculum through utilizing our outdoor spaces.

At St Catherine’s we are blessed with being situated on a large parcel of land amidst lush gardens and mature trees, in the stunningly beautiful Adelaide Hills.  Nature Play is a part of our culture supported by an abundance of space and materials.  Students have the opportunity to explore, construct and play with natural objects. They use their imagination and creativity to set up shops, fairy gardens and cubbies. This fosters a connection with Creation and an awareness of how to care for it.

Our weekly playgroup, Forest Friends, is run on Nature Play principles.

“Unstructured play outdoors teaches children about themselves, the world around them and the way they function within it.”

- Nature Play SA website -