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Kids in National Parks

Whether the idea of taking your children out into nature fills you with a sense of excited anticipation or nervous dread, one thing is certain – today, more than ever, we are well aware of the benefits of childhood contact with nature.

For hints and tips on how to share the wonderful experience that national parks have to offer, download the recently updated edition of our free Kids in National Parks booklet "Your Family's Guide To Exploring Our National Parks".

If you live in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast – or are visiting any of those areas – you will want to check out the South East Queensland editionwhich includes details of 78 walks suitable for young children.

For the north of our glorious state, check out the Tropical North Queensland edition, which has 79 walks in North Queensland national parks that are great for families.

Other regional guides are planned to be released. So if you live in other parts of Queensland, be sure to keep an eye out for these upcoming releases.

Stay in touch via Facebook and Neck of the Woods for further updates and ideas on enjoying bush adventures with children.

To help inspire children to become future protectors of Queensland's special natural places, we have also created the Kids in National Parks Colouring Book. An ideal gift – whether for your own kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids – the book allows little ones to have fun colouring while learning about animals and plants that are mostly unique to Queensland and still exist today because their habitat is protected as a national park or other protected area. 

You can order the Kids in National Parks Colouring Book ($10 plus postage and handling) by phoning 07 3367 0878 or emailing us.

LINKING THEORY AND CHILDRENS' EXPERIENCE: Researchers have been examining the different ways that contact with nature can contribute to the health and well-being of children. The role that nature plays in children acquiring an appreciation of the environment has been highlighted, and how it leads to developing the ability to feel and express concern for other species.

This concept is explored further in an article that links the theory with the reality of children’s experiences. Read the article, including interviews with two children, aged 9 and 6 years of age, to gain a child’s perspective on why national parks are important.