Reconnecting with nature

by Anonymous Author

Project Wild Thing is coming to Selwyn.

The movement inspired by the internationally acclaimed United Kingdom documentary ‘Project Wild Thing’ encourages children to play outdoors and reconnect with the natural world.

Selwyn’s Project Wild Thing event will include a screening of the documentary for adults, while children experience a variety of play activities at the Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre with the TimberNook outdoor education team.

Selwyn District Council’s senior events and recreation advisor Dave Tippett said the documentary will inspire Selwyn caregivers to encourage children to interact more with the natural environment.

“This will help children learn vital skills such as risk management, goal directed behaviour and resilience,” he said.

“By ‘rewilding’ childhood, Project Wild Thing aims to improve children’s health, happiness, and respect for the environment.”

The event will include a farm display, games, rock skimming, and outdoor challenges. Optional jet boating and horseback tours are available at discounted rates.

Selwyn’s Project Wild Thing will take place on Sunday, October 8 from 11am to 3pm at the Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre, Otarama Road, Springfield.

Registrations are open now at, closing on Monday, October 2. Limited spaces are available. This event is for children aged 5–12 years old and up to two caregivers.