Passport gives Logan kids ticket to the great outdoors
Published: 25 Oct 2016
A new play program aimed at getting kids back to nature has been given a local focus.
Logan City Council has joined forces with Nature Play QLD to create a Logan version of the “Passport to an Amazing Childhood’ program which challenges young people to complete a series of nature play ‘missions’ and record their results in their Nature Play passports.
Environment and Sustainability Chairperson, Councillor Lisa Bradley, said the City of Logan provided plenty of opportunities for kids to get every page of their outdoor play passports stamped.
“This is the first time a local version of these passports has been created and they are filled with Logan-based suggestions for fun and free activities that children can participate in across the city,” Cr Bradley said.
“Those suggestions, which are mainly aimed at kids aged 12 and under, include things like camping, searching for a particular type of animal, visiting a creek or something as simple as climbing a tree.
“We want to see kids swap screen time for ‘green time’ so they can experience the simple pleasures of exploring the environment in their own backyards.”
Nature Play QLD Program Manager, Hyahno Moser, said the success of the passport program, which had already distributed 200,000 passports across Queensland, showed children can be encouraged to rediscover healthy outdoor play if given the right tools.
“We applaud Logan City Council for being the first council in Queensland to recognise and harness the power of the passport program to create better resources for local kids and help local parents raise happy, healthy, resilient and creative children in the modern digital world,” he said.
“The Muddy Monsters mud play event we held at Logan River Parklands in October was booked out well in advance and the hundreds of kids and their families who came down on the day had a great time.
“Spending a few hours rolling around in the mud with their friends and family reminded people that it was easy to lose themselves in fun without a screen and stay healthy doing it too.”
Parents can pick up a copy of the Nature Play Logan passport at Council’s customer service centres, libraries or register their child’s details online at www.logan.qld.gov.au/natureplay
ABOUT NATURE PLAY:
Nature Play QLD advocates the nature play message and increases access to nature play resources, events and programs for Queenslanders. Nature Play QLD is made possible through the support of the Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport & Racing.