Well done Charles, on the great work you have been doing in WA. I have been trying to make connections in Victoria to start something similar for the past 4 years, which is why this Australian C&NN group is great. Good on you. A bit about me....
My name is Narelle Debenham, I am Primary teacher trained, and based in Melbourne. Over the last 20 years, I have worked in schools/pre-schools helping to create dynamic outdoor areas for children to engage in creative forms of free and unstructured play. During 07’, 08’, 09’ and 2010, I have planned and coordinated weekly opportunities for local families and their pre-schoolers, on the Mornington Peninsula, to play in nature together. In March 09’ I was delighted to attend attended the “Get Outside! It’s in our Nature” forum, , as an Australian representative at the Royal Roads University of Victoria in Canada, where I met with founders of the Children and Nature Network and with Richard Louv. It was very exciting to be part of the Canadian launch of their child/Nature Alliance. Through my work, I constantly advocate the need for an "Aussie" C&NN.
I continue to encourage, via my free lance work, lots of free play, healthy
participation, education and life long learning in natures cultural and environmental classroom!
Would love to have a chat about the Victorian dealings you have had recently. We all need to connect and meet up. Kind regards from Narelle Debenham
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