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School’s out: Outdoor Classroom Day getting kids back to nature

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More than a third of all Western Australian primary schools will take classes outside as part of Outdoor Classroom Day, an international campaign to promote and celebrate outdoor learning and play.

Outdoor Classroom Day was run for the first time in Australia in 2017, and in 2018 more than 52,500 WA school kids – from more than 35 per cent of WA primary schools – are registered to participate, with a number of early learning centres also involved.

Lessons will be held in local parks and playgrounds across the State – all the way from Bremer Bay Primary School in the Great Southern to Kununurra District High School in the Kimberley.

Outdoor learning has been shown to improve behaviour and learning outcomes in children, as well as helping to connect them to the outdoors and encourage healthy, unstructured outdoor play.

Delivered by Nature Play WA, in partnership with seven other organisations and with support from the WA Department of Education, the day is designed to act as a catalyst for getting young people to spend more time outdoors.

Nature Play WA will receive $1.35 million in State Government funding from 2018-21, supporting their important role in increasing the amount of time WA children spend in unstructured play outdoors.

Source: WA Government

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