Coordinator of Education and Community Programs, Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands
Sam Crosby is the Coordinator of Education and Community Programs for the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands in Sydney. She is a passionate and experienced nature educator, eco-artist, storyteller, trainer and researcher with a love of the natural world, play and outdoor learning and has worked both in Australia and internationally.
At Centennial Parklands she has led on the Wild Play revolution, developing and delivering nature play programs to thousands of people which then resulted in the development Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden which since October 2018 has had over 300,000 people through the gates engaging in nature play.
What Really Happens in a Wild Play Garden?
In 2017, Centennial Parklands opened the first state-of-the-art wild play Garden for NSW, The Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden. Since then it has won seven awards including Australia's best place space, and received over 300,000 visits making it one of the most visited spaces in Centennial Park.
To find out what happens in this space to children, families and community, we engaged with the Western Sydney University to undertake a mixed method research project. Over the past 12 months the research has engaged over 500 participants with the aim to examine the play space's inclusivity, diversity, physical literacy, nature connection and to gain an understanding of the overall benefits.
In this presentation we will discuss: