This mixed method study evaluated the benefits of the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden (IPCWPG) for children’s development and wellbeing. It identified the features of the IPCWPG that supported outdoor play, physical activity and connection to the natural world. Children’s exploration in the IPCWPG was associated with learning to overcome challenges and enjoy an immersive nature experience. Nature play in the IPCWPG generated enthusiasm and creativity, combining physical activity with freedom and fun. Parents reported benefits for children’s connection to nature, physical activity, skill development, creativity and cooperative play. The report includes recommendations for extending learning and engagement opportunities.
Dobia, B., Truong, S., Ward, K., & Regalado, J. (2019). Wilding Nature Play for Children and Families: An Evaluation of The Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden at Centennial Park, Sydney. Western Sydney University. https://doi.org/10.26183/5d5224409fa67