A FREE forum for families with young children (usually ages 0 through primary school, but all are welcome) to organize events focusing on outdoor play and exploration. Any member can post an event at a day/time that suits them.
The group is member-run rather than a provided experience or schedule of events from organizers. The site and group are here to provide a forum to post events and a group of like-minded individuals who would be happy to meet up with you if you do post an event. Members are welcome to post any outdoor and nature-based events on the site. Its very easy to do. No need for any sort of experience, its really just meeting some friendly strangers for a walk and letting your kids explore together (follow their interest). You can post an event by selecting "schedule a new meetup" on the home page.
We like to post outings that:
• Provide an introduction to nearby nature spaces in Dunedin. Nearby nature refers to natural environments within a reasonable distance of your home. Nearby nature is important for children as it is nature that they can access regularly and it allows them to form a connection to their community. Nearby nature can be as simple as a tree at your local playground or a grassy hill to roll down.
• Focus on unstructured, child-led (for pace and interest) outdoor exploration to allow children to connect to nature in their own way. If the children want to stop and climb in trees and investigate in the bushes - that is what we do!
• Are welcoming and friendly to all members. If you are hosting an event, you will need to be prepared to welcome any new members that may be attending for the first time, and introduce them to others.
• Include details on whether a trail is stroller-friendly, how to get there, where to meet, time/date, and so forth. It is a good idea to wait for a reasonable length of time (e.g. 10 mins) for any later comers, as we all know it is difficult to be on time with children.
For more details on how to post an outing, how outings typically run, and what to bring, please see our discussion board or contact the Organizer of Fantail Trails.
Behind the name - nature walks with kids are a lot like how a fantail flits around the bush - lots of stopping and starting and heading off in all sorts of directions to explore.
Inspired by Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods)