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Walks on the Wildside 

         


Vision

The vision we have with Walks on the Wildside is to reconnect people, especially children, with nature. Research shows that most children spend more time plugged into something connected to an electricity outlet than ‘plugged into’ real life.


The need to spend time in nature is innate in all people and a ‘nature deficit disorder’ can be the result of a lack of this connection.  The soul needs to be replenished and this can most easily be achieved by a connection with nature. Social and learning problems such as ADHD and ADD have been proven to be helped by children relaxing and connecting with nature. With so many moves afoot to do away with or open up National Parks we need to instil in the next generation a love and respect of nature. If we expect children to grow up wanting to save wildspaces we must give them the opportunities to feel them, smell them and be one with them, then they will love them and want to protect them.

What is our plan?

Our plan is to meet at different places on the Blackall Range one Saturday a month for an hour’s stroll in the bush, usually National Parks but private walks are also planned. We hope to be inclusive, inviting people with disabilities and young children still in pushchairs to join us if the walk is suitable, e.g. Mary Cairncross Park. It is envisaged that parents or carers accompany children on the walks. They are not intended to be educational as such but, of course, learning will occur when children’s imagination has been captured because they are interested in something, not because they were told to be.

Who are we?

The people organising the group are three ex teachers who have an interest in children, mindfulness and connection with nature. We are:-

Lorraine See, Martina Gordon and Janet Hamilton, all members of Barung Landcare Association.

The impetus which inspired us was Richard Louv’s book, ‘The Last Child in the Woods’, Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder.


Co-ordinator and Patron

The co-ordinator is Lorraine (Raine) See, ex teacher and Librarian and our Patron is Jill Morris, prize winning author of children’s books based on nature and the environment. Jill spent many years bringing children and books together with her school visits to her home, The Book Farm, at Reesville. She has certainly kept nature-deficit disorder at bay for many children over many years and still spends many hours working on her own wildspace.

Upcoming events

No events available

Past events

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Walks on the Wildside - Linda Garrett circuit
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Walks on the Wildside - Ewen Maddock Dam
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Walks on the Wildside - Buderim Tramway Rail Trail
Saturday, November 26, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Maroochy Botanical Gardens
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Mapleton Falls National Park, Wompoo Circuit
Saturday, July 23, 2016 Walks on the Wildside -Mt Ngungun Glasshouse Mountains
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Koala Park, Nambour
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Walks on the Wildside -Bookfarm
Saturday, March 19, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Maleny Precinct
Saturday, February 20, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Strangler Cairn Conondale National Park
Saturday, October 17, 2015 Walks on the Wildside - October 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Walks on the Wildeside - August 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Walks on the Wildside Old Mooloolah Rail Trail
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Walks on the Wildside Glasshouse Mts National Park. Base of Mt Tibrogargan
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Walks on the Wildside Shelley Beach Caloundra
Saturday, March 07, 2015 Walks on the Wildside Alpaca Walk at Conondale
Saturday, December 06, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Shelley Beach Caloundra
Saturday, November 01, 2014 Walks on the Wildside at Maroochy Botanic Gardens
Saturday, October 04, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Book Farm Reesville
Saturday, September 06, 2014 Walks on the Wildside at Point Cartwright
Saturday, August 02, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Ewen Maddock Dam
Saturday, July 05, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Mapleton National Park
Saturday, June 07, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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