Hi. My name is Christina Pickles (yes, my real name and I will never change it!). I have been an environmental educator for over 20 years and worked in wetlands, badlands, forests and streams with people of all ages.
Six years ago I was challenged to develop a program to support nature connection and outdoor experiences for young children. Through this experience, I learned about the importance of play. It was eye-opening for me and I have pivoted my work to put play at the centre of all that I do. I believe it is the best way children connect with nature, their communities, their bodies and each other.
I value relationships, connection and learning and I strive to bring this into all the work I do to promote play in child care, schools and communities.