I am a mother of two, an analytical chemist by training, and work as a science editor. Having grown up on a farm and with lots of outdoor play time I am a strong believer of the benefits that nature provides in life. Having throughly enjoyed Janice and Ron Swaisgood's initiatives in San Diego with Family Adventures in Nature, I moved back to my home town in New Zealand in mid-2013 to find no family nature clubs within the city. Realizing that no one else was going to magically start one for me, I started my own (Fantail Trails). Over other frustrations with our local playgrounds, I also started a website to detail the benefits of nature play for children (Neighbourhood Nature, gabrielledavid.wix.com/connect). Will see how it grows from here!
Fantail Trails provides regular unstructured exploration of nearby nature for families with young children (usually babies through junior primary but all are welcome) in Dunedin, NZ.
Neighbourhood Nature details the benefits of unstructured nature play for children, and how access to nature could be improved for city children. The aim is provide information to empower people to approach their local school or community leaders to promote access to nature for children through projects such as natural playscapes.
Glad you're liking the interviews Gabrielle! Thanks so much for your comments on them too, it's a wonderful support. We had a wonderful Nature Connect Conference with Richard Louv last week in Melbourne which was amazing. There was a lot of passion and excitement in the room. Looking forward to seeing your thrive in this space with the amazing work you're doing and will do I'm sure. Let me know if I can help in any way. Tania