RECONNECTING: Bush School mentor Joern Dittmann with some of the kids enjoying a day of outdoor fun and learning.
RECONNECTING: Bush School mentor Joern Dittmann with some of the kids enjoying a day of outdoor fun and learning. Christian Morrow

Kids get into nature, learn practical wilderness skills

EVERY Thursday, at Brunswick Heads, a group of local kids head off to where the wild things are.

They spend the whole day outside in bushland near Brunswick Heads surf club bushland, reconnecting with nature and learning practical wilderness skills.

Guided by mentors from Brunswick Bush School, the kids use art and crafts, ceremony, creative play and games to reconnect to the earth and to themselves.

Bush School leader Rohan Stewart said he and fellow mentors were familiar with this land and loved to share it with the kids.

"Time in nature is something many children are missing in our highly 'technologised', time-poor world," Mr Rohan said.

He said it was essential for children's mental, emotional and spiritual development to have a deep and abiding connection with the planet that sustains them.

"You do not have to look far to witness the destructive power of a culture that has severed its roots to the earth," he said.

"Children are our future and as such we need to remind them of the natural order of things."