As South Australians venture out to enjoy the very best of our own state this school holidays, reservoir reserves open for public access have continued to prove popular natural havens to escape the confines of home, the city and suburbs following the COVID-19 restrictions.
Getting back to nature at a reservoir reserve for a family outing of walking, riding, fishing or kayaking these school holidays is one of the ways you can enjoy some of the very best parts of South Australia and get some much needed time to explore these great space as a family, and for free.
To assist families through the COVID-19 restrictions Nature Play SA launched an online guide Family, Nature and COVID-19 to support families at the time and also as we emerge from the pandemic. The Nature Play team has filled the guide with information, strategies and practical ideas to help children and families adapt to social distancing and self-isolation measures so that we continue to do the right thing.
Family, Nature and COVID-19 has a strong focus on nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of families, including providing accessible, nature-based methods that can be practiced at home, your neighbourhood and nearby nature.
In the guide, mother of two and SA environmental consultant Claire Lock gives her top 8 tips for schooling at home and keeping kids active, engaged and learning while on school holidays.
At least half of those tips can be achieved at a reservoir reserve including: getting regular exercise; prioritising nature time and involving nature-based education; staying connected as a family; and getting into the “wild” in National Parks and Botanic gardens.
With a new extended trail network linking South Para and Warren reservoir reserves to Para Wirra Conservation Park, Forestry land and several campsites, there is now even more opportunities for families to Enjoy. Explore. Preserve this school holidays.
Learn more here about the reservoir reserves and activities you can access this school holidays.