Project Wild Thing

Kids, play, and the great outdoors, what could be better?

Get into the wild frog kiss

British filmmaker David Bond storms our region with a series of events and showings of his epic documentary “Project Wild Thing” about the growing disconnect of children from nature. Activities will include a “Nature Play Swarm” charrette to launch a movement in our region, a symposium, and various film showings.

Activities abound from September 11-15, including:

Saturday, September 13th, at dusk
FREE screening of Project Wild Thing in Sewallcrest Park, SE 31st & Market
Part of Portland’s Summer “Movies in the Park” series.

More information here.


Monday, September 15, 9:00am to 8:00pm 
Regional Nature, Play and Education Symposium
Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Banquet Center

Professionals, parents, educators and members of the public are invited to learn and discuss elements of nature-based play with expert panelists in the morning. Stay for the afternoon to hear from inspirational speakers, including keynote speaker David Bond, founder of the play-based British documentary film, “Project Wild Thing.”

Recesses will take place through the day led by local nonprofit Playworks and an option to tour the new natural play area at the Portland Children’s Musuem will be available during lunch.

Registration by Sept. 1 includes breakfast, brown-bag lunch, refreshments (and recess!) for $15. (If you register after Sept. 1, the price is still $15, but breakfast and lunch will not be provided.) Register for the 9/15 symposium.

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