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WHO ARE WE? 

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CHILDHOODNATURE COLLECTIVE

The Childhoodnature Collective is an interdisciplinary group that provides a space for researchers, educators, artists, writers, ecologists, philosophers and a host of others to come together to share and explore the value of unpacking and disrupting current views on childhood and nature. The new concept of childhoodnature aligns with a posthuman turn in educational and childhoodnature research, where the child is nature, and is associated with the recognition that humans are having an unprecedented planetary impact on Earth in this time of the Anthropocene.

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RESEARCHING NATURE PLAY

 PROJECT 1


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Researching Nature Play is a research project funded through the Education HORIZON grant scheme by the Queensland Government. The project aims to determine how you children aged 4-5 years learn scientific concepts when supported through nature play.  While nature play is a popular preschool pedagogy its effectiveness to provide new knowledges by bringing together social and natural sciences, is mostly undocumented. The methodology used in the project is cartographic, focusing on creating visual maps through observations, photography, video captures, drawing and journaling.  

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CHILDREN IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

 PROJECT 2


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Children in the Anthropocene is a research project premised on the import of making kin and being kin. The ‘situatedness’ of being child at this time of the Anthropocene is about recognising we have always been in relation with kin and how to consider how to reconstitute our ‘ecological community’. That is, as nature, we are human and nonhuman, we are beings in common, entangled, sensing, touching, sharing ecologically our posthumanist selves. Within the project Children in the Anthropocene – there are five research themes: children sensing ecologically; children’s bodies on damaged landscapes; children’s multi-species companions; children’s watery lives and children’s natural play. To follow the project connect on - 

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YOUTH 4 LANDCARE 

 PROJECT 3


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Youth 4 landcare 
This project is about increasing young people’s participation in landcare reserves on Tamborine Mountain, QLD, Australia. Landcare reserves on

Tamborine Mountain are interwoven throughout communities yet children and young people’s awareness of and participation in these sites is largely unknown. This project is not only focussed on increasing awareness, but  directly works with young people in positioning these sites as everyday ecological learning spaces in their local neighbourhoods. This project is highly significant because of national and international research reporting rapid declines in young people's participation in natural environments.

Funding provider: Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2018-2020)


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