According to acclaimed Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson, we are biologically drawn to nature. Globally, nature is recognised as therapeutic or cathartic and journalist and author Richard Louv posits that when in contact with the natural world we are “self-medicating with an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug substitute. Let’s call it vitamin N – for nature”.
Prof Karen Malone, Dr Carol Birrell, Dr Ian Boyle and myself are pleased to announce we will be researching this amazing outdoor learning site
What is Bush School?
Bush School is a hands on experiential learning program based on regular visits to the same local bush and woodland for an extended period (usually 10 weeks). Sessions can last for half a day (3 hours) or a full day (5 hours).
There is no equipment, no toys, no resources – it is based around what the children find in the bush classroom.
Bush School is based on research and concepts from international best practice in nature education as well as current education models such as Forest Schools and Nature Kindergartens. Although the program has been developed and informed by international best practice it is a uniquely Australian concept in that it is based on the heritage and ecology of our unique Australian landscape
What do you do in a Bush School lesson?
- Physical activity including climbing, digging, construction, moving through and negotiating uneven ground
- Imaginative play
- Loose part play (sticks, earth, stones, plant material)
- Flora and Fauna identification/ classification and interaction
- Activity that includes elements of risk and challenge
- Outdoor learning all year round, all weather every season