Nature play

August – December, with activities in school holiday periods.

A site-specific nature play area will be installed in Haig Park incorporating sensory  (sound, smell, touch), cubby and adventure play. Imagine rocks, logs, sand and sunshine. The area will be designed for kids aged 4 to 10. The project will be supported by programming such as "come and try" days with a coffee cart on site as well as workshops and performances.

Place plan theme: Play
'To strengthen connections between nature and activities'

August – December, with activities in school holiday periods
9 July - Haig Park Fairy Garden Making, 10:00am-1:00pm
*Event details below

Located near Sullivan's Creek intersection between Greenway Street and Masson Street.

There are limited opportunities for facilitated play for kids and low numbers of children using Haig Park. This is a missed opportunity for kids to engage in play and learning in the park environment.

A Nature Play facility could create an opportunity for kids play in Haig Park and increase visitation by children, parents and guardians. Nature Play could become a destination space. Educational opportunities may grow for local pre-schools and schools.

Favourable outcomes

A quality temporary nature play area with connected programming resulting in increased use of Haig Park by children and families, plus longer dwell time. 

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This experiment will be updated as more details become available.

Upcoming ‘Nature play’ events

Nature play / Haig Park Fairy Garden Making
Tuesday, 09 July 2019, 10:00 AM till Monday, 01 July 2019, 13:00 PM.
Do you believe in fairies? Join us in creating a magical miniature world amongst the trees in Haig Park's urban fairy forest.
We'll be supplying the loose parts, natural items and special treasures. We need you to bring your imagination, creativity and playfulness to help us build fairy homes and gardens around the trees. This event is perfect for school holiday fun and a great way to explore one of Canberra's city parks in a different way.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity for kids and their grown-ups to play outdoors with natural materials and create a magical fairy forest in our city's backyard!
Recommended for ages 4 - 10.
What can you expect?
~ Fairy Garden making with Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup
~ 'Letter to a Fairy' writing activity with Ms Constance Spry's Letter Writing Service
~ Face painting with Madeleine Tranter Creative
~ Lawn games for all the family to enjoy
~ and more

Please feel free wear your fairy wings for some extra winter magic! Free for all to enjoy!

‘Nature play’ news

Nature play / Nature play update
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 .
As some of you may have noticed, the beautiful straw bale maze installed by local business Makin Trax Australia was vandalised a few days ago. This new addition to our nature play area next to Sullivan’s Creek in Haig Park had already been warmly welcomed by scores of children and families since its installation.
As disheartening as this may be, it's part and parcel of the Haig Park Experiments. A big thank you to everyone who has contacted us with ideas to repurpose the spare straw.

We now invite the community, and particularly those who would greatly benefit from the straw, to come and collect as much as you would like from this Saturday 26 October onwards. Some great ideas from the community have included recycling the straw as livestock feed, garden mulch, and scarecrow stuffing. Don’t forget to bring your own bags to collect it!
We’re also happy to announce that the remaining intact straw bales will be rebuilt into a smaller fort by Makin Trax for children and families to once again enjoy.
Let’s continue to look out for each other and the park to keep our city’s backyard welcome for all to use.

Nature play / Nature play update
Thursday, 18 July 2019 .
Haig Park Experiments is working with Nature Play CBR to develop the nature play area. Nature Play CBR has also produced a wonderful ‘playlist’ to help park users make the most of their experience in Haig Park.