Project: 4.2 Getting Outside Green

  • Posted on: 23 September 2019
  • By: EmilyMowbray
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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 6 week course is not for you (right now). We may also need to use 1 lunchtime a week, so we can travel to places further away. This will probably be Thursday lunchtime. We will still eat lunch, but we will eat it offsite.

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 catch buses to Natural spaces e.g. North Brighton beach, The Red Zone to look for elderflower to make cordial, Bottle Lake Park, Sumner, Travis Park Wetland. We'll walk to green spaces and rivers close by e.g. Hagley Park, the Avon river and other spots within a 12 minute walk from Mollett Street. We catch buses also e.g. to Victoria Park.

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.

Transport Help
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)
Yes Let's Attitude
Flexibility of mind

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: