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Junior Landcare Webinar: Supporting Wellbeing Through Outdoor Learning (VIDEO) 

28-02-2024 12:54

Join environmental educator, Sam Harrison, and Dr Chloe Watfern from Black Dog Institute to hear about supporting children and young people’s wellbeing through outdoor environmental projects.

With a wealth of experience in environmental education, Sam shares practical insights on creating engaging and therapeutic outdoor spaces. Sam also delves into the concept of a sensory garden, exploring how these environments can positively influence young minds. Learn about innovative design elements, plant choices, and maintenance strategies to create a nurturing outdoor haven for children.

Dr. Chloe Watfern speaks about her research on the intersections between mental health and the natural environment. She provides insights into the profound impact of nature on mental health, and the scientific evidence supporting the incorporation of outdoor activities in the lives of children and young people. Dr. Watfern also discusses the role of nature and the natural environment in fostering resilience and supporting young people exposed to climate-driven natural disasters and anxiety around climate change.

If you are interested in outdoor environmental projects that can support student wellbeing, and would like to access free curriculum-linked resources to help make them happen, this webinar recording is for you. 

In our Junior Landcare Learning Centre you will find a suite of curriculum and early learning framework linked learning activities and resources to help you run your own outdoor environmental or sustainability project. You can find our sensory garden learning activity here, and our butterfly garden learning activity here:

Junior Landcare Just for Kids activities provide ideal opportunities to engage children in short, fun activities based on four key areas of food production, biodiversity, waste management and First Nations perspectives. These can be done in the classroom or at home, encouraging children to be curious while exploring and engaging with the four key Junior Landcare topics.

The Climate Mental Health Network’s Climate Emotions Wheel show during the webinar can be found here. To access community resources and support for your own climate emotions, visit

To read the researched mentioned by Dr Chloe Watfern during the webinar - Getting out of the Classroom and Into Nature: A Systematic Review of Nature-Specific Outdoor Learning on School Children's Learning and Development click here:

Visit our Junior Landcare Educator Hub to read about Junior Landcare resilience projects which have taken place in Queensland, and incorporated butterfly gardens, tree planting, yoga and art workshops.


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01-03-2024 11:52

This is a great webinar, well worth watching,  @trisho what did you think?

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