Four-year old children from Walker Street Community Kindergarten enjoyed nature play by Merri Creek at Hall Reserve in Clifton Hill in late July 2019, led by MCMC's Waterwatch Coordinator. The day began somewhat wet and windy, but many of the children wore gumboots and raincoats and enjoyed splashing through puddles and clambering through wet grass.
After a stroll to look at the height of the creek after rain and noticing how much rubbish was there, the children enjoyed looking for little creatures under leaf litter and bark, smelling eucalypt leaves, observing the growth of seedlings, and looking at waterbugs with magnifying glasses.
Some of the children’s comments were:
"I didn't like to see the trash near the trees near the creek;"
"We saw really little bugs;"
"I learnt about the bugs we found in the water;"
"I learnt about dragonflies."
MCMC Education Programs for Early Years' Centres in the Cities of Yarra, Moreland, Darebin and Whittlesea are free, subject to booking availability. If you are outside these municipalities, please ask us about fee paying options for nature play events. To find out more and to book in a session please visit our Early Year's Environmental Education Page.
The nature play excursion by Merri Creek in Hall Reserve was delivered by MCMC through an annual funding contribution from the City of Yarra.