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Nature Playgroup @ Joe's Market Garden, Coburg North, Term 2 2023

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Event description

Designed for children 2-5 years old accompanied by a guardian. 

Join our experienced Early Years Outdoor Educator, at Joe's Market Garden in Coburg North, to discover our local, abundant ecology through child-led nature play!

Activities vary with the seasons. We plant seeds, help farmer Emily with harvests, make art with natural objects, investigate local insects and the Merri Creek, climb trees and have a good time! Every week the children are rewarded with more confidence, resilience, creativity, and gratitude for the land and people we live with.  

"Being outdoors in nature offers unplanned, unknown, unpredictable encounters; these are significant provocations for learning." (Adapted from Waters, 2012)


Every Thursday 10 am - 12 pm

Term 2: Thur, 4th May - Thur, 22nd June 2023


$264 for 8 weeks, Concession $254

For each extra sibling aged 1+, there is an additional cost of $66

For further questions please call (03) 9389 0144 or email


"Really fantastic - the kids are still raving about it! They learned so much in the happy, relaxed and fun atmosphere - created by their amazing teacher :)"

"Loved the experience. Very relaxed. Great to get the children outdoors exploring. Can't wait for the next one." 

"We had a wonderful term, a great mix of unstructured and structured play!" 

What you'll learn

Nature-play and curiosity are at the heart of this program. Our thoughtfully designed learning experience will connect your children with nature, allow them to explore independently, discover the wonders of our natural world and participate in caring for our environment and people.

What you'll gain

Each week, your children will experience the wonders of the outdoors through semi-facilitated outdoor nature play experiences, examples include building bush cubbies, making art using natural objects, meeting insects & worms, netting for water bugs, planting seeds and harvesting veggies, walking along the Merri Creek plus more!

What to bring

Children should bring a hat, water bottle, and a snack. Consider bringing along a change of clothes as things may get messy!

What to wear

Outdoor clothing that can get dirty, closed-toe shoes and a hat; dress for all weather conditions.

Appropriate for

Children age 2-5 years-old accompanied by an adult.

Enter Via Edna Grove main gate and follow the signs to Joe's Market Garden along the Merri Creek.

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Refund policy

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers. If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability. If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee. If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.