Getting Outside (GO) 3.2
Disclaimer: This is a cellphone and computer FREE course. You will be asked to turn your phone OFF and leave it in your bag. If you're not willing to do this (at this time), this 5 week course is not for you (right now).
Who wants to spend 2 classes per week outside, rain hail or shine?
This course is about getting out into NATURE. Research tells us 'Getting Outside' improves physical and mental health and well-being, and helps to build resilience, and reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
We'll walk to Hagley Park, Community Gardens, the river and other 'green spots' within a 12 minute walk from Mollett Street. We may catch buses also e.g. to Victoria Park.
We will co-construct / co-create what activities we'd like to do together.
Some ideas are:
Bug hunting, Sketching, Photography (using cameras rather than phones), Videography, Bird-spotting, Writing Poetry, Nature Mandalas, Art Installations, Exploring Edible Plants e.g. Horopito, Kawakawa, Pansies, Collecting Seeds...the general idea is to BE in Nature and EXPLORE Nature.
Depending on Parent Availability and Transport options we can venture to the Beach or a River also.
Wet Weather Gear (at the least a waterproof jacket)
Warm clothes (and be prepared to bring a change of clothes to wear once we get back to School).
Metro card OR Cash for the bus
Keep cup or a plastic cup (for hot drinks)
A 20 minute walk improves cognitive ability - you and your Parents/Caregivers may like that fun fact.
Here's a link to the benefits such as reducing depression, anxiety and symptoms of ADHD, increasing the ability to sleep well, gain access to Vitamin D and better eye health: