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  1. What is a Nature Play passport?
  2. What is different in the latest passport interface upgrade?
  3. How much do the passports cost?
  4. Will it cost money to do these missions?
  5. How do I get a passport?
  6. What questions are asked during registration and what will you do with this information?
  7. What do I do if I am having problems with registration?
  8. I didn’t get an email to confirm my registration or my child’s passport number.
  9. I’ve forgotten my child’s passport number. How do I find it?
  10. I’ve forgotten my password. How do I recover it?
  11. My children have done some missions, but their points have not shown up.  Why not?
  12. I made a mistake registering my child.  How do I update/change his/her profile?
  13. My contact details have changed.  How can I update them?
  14. Can I print the mission sets?
  15. I’ve got some ideas for new missions.  How can I get them to you?
  16. How can I ensure my child is not sent missions I am not comfortable with?
  17. My kids are different ages. Can they both do the missions?
  18. I’m scared to let my children do these missions without me. How do I help them without changing their experience/exploration?
  19. I don’t know how to do the missions (as a parent).  Where can I get some extra help/advice?
  20. Where do I get the stickers for completing missions?
  21. I live outside the Metro area, can I do the missions? 
  22. I live outside Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. Can I do the missions?
  23. Do I get anything for completing the missions?
  24. How long will the missions take to complete?
  25. I’ve lost my passport. Can I get another one?
  26. There is a mission my child couldn’t do/didn’t like. Can we skip it or substitute it?
  27. I’ve done every single mission you have offered. What should I do next?
  28. We don’t have a computer at home, but we want to do the missions. Is this possible?
  29. I thought Nature Play was about getting kids outside to play. Why are you encouraging something that requires them to be inside using a computer?
  30. Why do I have to agree to a disclaimer/terms of service?
  31. Is there anything else I can use my passport for?

 

What is a Nature Play passport?

The Nature Play Passport to an Amazing Childhood is like a real passport that children use to collect stamps or stickers for completing fun outdoor ‘missions’.

The missions are typically easy, low (or no) cost activities like ‘climb a tree’, ‘build a cubby’ or ‘ride your bike’.

To get started a parent/guardian needs to:

  1. Register an account on the Nature Play website.
  2. Register their child/children.
  3. Review and customise the missions that their child/children will receive.
  4. Record their child/children’s sign-in details (first name and passport number).
  5. Log out and help their child/children to sign in to start receiving their missions.

Children receive points (online) for completing missions and the stickers within their physical passport can also be used to confirm missions completed.

Extra information is also provided at the back of the physical passport, including suggestions on great places to go and things to do outdoors. On the back page there is also a list of 15 things every kid should do before they’re twelve.

For further guidance, please watch the following overview of the passport program.

What is different in the latest passport interface upgrade?

Our new online passport interface was launched on 14 December 2012.

This is what makes it so much better:

  • It is much simpler and more intuitive to use for both adults and children.
  • It is optimised for use on mobile devices as well as desktop computers.
  • The number of mission options has increased from 10 to 120 missions across 17 categories, including beach missions, garden missions, camping missions and much more. 
  • Children have the option to skip missions they don’t like.
  • Adults have access to a “Mission control” account that allows them to filter missions and select only those appropriate for each child they have registered.
  • There is an option to rate missions, upload photos, provide comments on the activities and suggest new mission ideas.
  • Children earn online points for each mission they complete. The points can be used to ‘buy’ accessories for their avatars and to win promotional prizes.
  • Mission sets can be saved as a downloadable PDF document that can be saved electronically or printed.

How much do the passports cost?

The passports are free to organisations, schools and families.

If you are based interstate or overseas that doesn't include Western Australia, South Australia or Queensland, you are welcome to use our online mission delivery system. However, we are not funded to send you hard copies of our passport.

Will it cost money to do the missions?

Most missions can be done at no or low cost.  However, some missions, like “Visit a National Park”, may incur a small entry fee.  If you find this cost prohibitive, feel free to skip the mission or substitute it with a free alternative like visiting a local regional park.

How do I get a passport?

Passports are distributed in bulk through primary schools, playgroups, sporting organisations, child care centres or community groups that work with children aged 3-12. 

If your organisation would like to place a bulk order for passports (more than 20), click on the button below to complete a bulk order form.



Alternatively, individuals or families may pick up a passport at:

Western Australia South Australia Queensland

Sponsored events

Perth Zoo

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park

The Perth Hills Centre

Yanchep National Park

   

We apologise, but at this time Nature Play does not have the resources to send out passports to individuals.

What questions are asked during registration and what will you do with this information?

At registration the parent/guardian will be prompted to answer the following questions:

  • Adult’s first name
  • Adult’s last name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Postcode

They will also be asked to choose a password and agree to terms of service.

Once the responsible adult is registered, their child/children can then be registered by answering the following questions:

  • Child’s first name
  • Child’s last name (optional)
  • Month and year of birth
  • Boy or girl

We ask for children’s month and year of birth so we can offer them age-appropriate missions and for gender to evaluate and fine tune the mission sets to better engage participants (missions are not gender specific). 

We ask for the responsible adult’s e-mail so we can advise them when new missions sets or promotions are added or for other relevant communication.

Nature Play will not share your details, or those of your children, with any other organisation.  All information is highly encrypted for cyber security purposes.

What do I do if I am having problems with registration?

First, please read our frequently asked questions and watch our instructional video below

If that doesn’t answer your questions, please contact your local Nature Play office on; 

Western Australia South Australia Queensland
(08) 9389 4050 (08) 8463 3785 (07) 3367 1989
info@natureplaywa.org.au info@natureplaysa.org.au info@natureplayqld.org.au

I didn’t get an email to confirm my registration or my child’s passport number.

The new passport interface is designed to minimise the amount of emails that clog your inbox so confirmation emails are no longer sent. 

If you have forgotten to write down your child’s passport number, please see the instructions below.

I’ve forgotten my child’s passport number. How do I find it?

To recover your child’s username or passport number:

  1. Sign in (with your email and password) to the adult mission control page
  2. On the right side of the page you will see a section labelled, ‘Children’, which lists all the children you have registered.  Click on the 'sign in' tab under the child’s name to see his or her username and passport number or to sign in directly to their passport account.

You may want to write the child's sign in information down in the space provided at the front of their physical passport (if you have one), or on a piece of paper, to have handy for next time. 

If you are still having difficulty finding your child's passport number please watch the following instructional video.

I’ve forgotten my password. How do I recover it?

Click on the 'Forgot my password' button on the adult sign in page and follow the instructions for password recovery.

My children have done some missions, but their points have not shown up.  Why not?

Each completed mission is worth between one and three points, depending on the level of difficulty.  However, these points will not show up on your child account until the adult who registered him/her signs into their 'mission control' account (with their email and password) and confirms the mission has been completed.

  1. Sign in to the adult 'mission control through the sign in page or through the mission control link on the top right of your child's account.
  2. Scroll down to the 'Activity' heading and click the  ‘Confirm Completed’ tab under each mission. You can also add photos and comments in the activity section.

Please note: Children will not be eligible for promotional prizes until their mission status is confirmed as ‘complete’ by the adult who registered them.

For more guidance on how to confirm a mission, please watch the following instructional video.

I made a mistake registering my child.  How do I update/change his/her profile?

  1. Sign in to the adult mission control page using your email address and password.
  2. Click the picture of your child or on the 'edit' button next to their name
  3. Make your changes, then click the ‘Update’ button. 

For more guidance on how to edit your child's profile, please watch the following instructional video.

My contact details have changed.  How can I update them?

  1. Sign in to the adult mission control page using your email address and password.
  2. Click on 'Edit account' in the top right hand corner (it should say your name).
  3. Update your details and click the ‘Save’ button at the bottom of the page.

For more guidance on how to edit your contact details, please watch the following instructional video.

Can I print the mission sets?

Yes.  Sign into the adult mission control page (with your email and password) and click the ‘Print missions' button located underneath your child's name on the right side of the page.  A PDF file will be generated of all the missions that your child is opted into. You can print this PDF off.

For more guidance on how to print off mission sets, please watch the following instructional video.

I’ve got some ideas for new missions.  How can I get them to you?

You can suggest new mission ideas from either the adult mission control page or the child’s account.  Just navigate to the footer of either page and click on, ‘Suggest mission’. 

For more guidance on how to suggest a mission, please watch the following instructional video.

How can I ensure my child isn't sent missions that I am not comfortable with?

The child/children you have registered have been automatically opted in to missions that are appropriate for their age. However, only you know the specific abilities/limitations of your child/children, so we recommend you check through the mission sets and opt out of any you don't feel comfortable with your child/children doing.

To do so:

  1. Sign in to the adult mission control page using your email and password
  2. Click on the 'Customise missions' tab along the top of your screen. 
  3. Opt out of any mission sets you don't feel comfortable with by toggling the ‘opt-out’ tab next to the heading. 
  4. Alternatively, rather than opting out of an entire mission set, opt-out of individual missions by clicking the ‘Customise missions’ next to the mission set and clicking the ‘Add/remove child’
  5. Once you have reviewed the missions, scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'done' to save your preferences. 

Please note: You will receive an email in the event that new mission sets or added, so you can choose to opt your child/ren in.  The new missions will not be available to them until you have given your permission.

For more guidance on how to customise missions, please watch the following instructional video.

My kids are different ages. Can they both do the missions?

The passport missions have been designed to be age-specific, with different activities for children aged:

  • 3 – 5 years,
  • 6 – 9 years and
  • 10 – 12+ years. 

The missions for the 6- 9 age group are similar the 10 – 12 age group, but with small modifications occasionally thrown into the older age group to increase the level of difficulty. 

Feel free to customise the missions for your children so that they are opted-in to missions above or below their age category.

For more guidance on how to customise missions for children of different ages, please watch the following instructional video.

I’m scared to let my children do these missions without me. How do I help them without changing their experience/exploration?

If your kids are very young, have not yet developed “street smarts” or you just feel nervous about them going out on their own, why not supervise them, but at a distance? 

For example, when you take them to a park, watch them, but let them explore and lead the activity on their own.  Try not to intervene unless it is a real safety issue. Consider using these outdoor times as an opportunity to talk to your kids about things like safely crossing streets, stranger danger and dealing with an emergency.

I don’t know how to do the missions (as a parent).  Where can I get some extra help/advice?

We have tried to provide links to extra help or advice for missions where needed.  If you still want more help, search the internet, take out a book from your local library or ask advice from a neighbour or grandparent. You never know, your kids might even be able to brainstorm to help you figure it out! 

If all else fails, feel free to modify the mission to make it more manageable for your family, or you might consider asking advice from families in our Facebook group.

Where do I get the stickers for completing missions?

There are two sets of stickers attached to the middle of each passport.

The “mission stickers” are meant to be placed on the corresponding mission page when a mission is completed.

The “back page stickers” can be used when the activities suggested at the back of the passport are completed. This includes geocaching, surfing, hiking and visits to National Parks. You don’t need to do these activities as part of the mission challenges, they are just to give you some extra ideas for a bit of family fun.

I live outside the Metro area, can I do the missions? 

Wherever there is outdoors, you can do the nature play missions! 

Most of the missions can be done in any neighbourhood, regardless of where you live. However there are some missions, like “Visit a National Park” that may require you to travel. If you are not able to do a mission because it is too far away, substitute it for a similar activity nearer to your home. Remember, imagination is an important part of nature play too.

In addition, Nature Play are working with orginisations to create region-specific missions for the following areas:

Western Australia South Australia Queensland
Margaret River    
Coral Coast    
Pilbara    
Wheatbelt regions    

Plus there are location-specific missions for:

Western Australia South Australia Queensland
Bunbury    
Geraldton    
Harvey and    
Manjimup, with more coming online regularly    

A regional version of our standard passport has been created that has activity ideas that are more relevant to regional areas.

If you live in a regional town and would like to see some local missions included, please get in contact. Mission suggestions for your local area are most welcome.

I live outside Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. Can I do the missions?

Nature Play is an organisation committed to increasing opportunities for unstructured outdoor play for children and their families.

While we are not able to send hard copies of our passports to those living outside those states or overseas, you are welcome to register online and take part in the missions, without having a physical passport. Most of the missions can be done in any neighbourhood, regardless of where you live.

Do I get anything for completing the missions?

Children are awarded points (ranging from one to three), depending on the level of difficulty of the mission they complete.  These points can be used to buy accessories for their avatars.  Nature Play will also periodically run promotions for children who complete specified missions. 

The responsible adult who registered the child will be notified of new promotions and they will also be advertised on the Nature Play website and at the top of the screen in the adult and child passport interface once logged in.

How long will the missions take to complete?

The passport is not time based – children can work through them at their own pace afterschool, on weekends or during school holidays, as a good excuse for some fun outdoor play. How long it takes is up to you!

I’ve lost my passport. Can I get another one?

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to send passports to individual children at this time. However you can check with your P&C or school to see if they have any spares or pick one up at the following locations:

  • Perth Zoo
  • Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park
  • The Perth Hills Centre
  • Yanchep National Park.

There is a mission my child couldn’t do/didn’t like. Can we skip it or substitute it?

Yes! Don’t like the current mission? Just skip it and find one you prefer. The mission you have skipped will be shuffled to the end of the list.

For more guidance on how to skip a mission, please watch the following instructional video.

I’ve done every single mission you have offered. What should I do next?

Wow, congratulations! You are a true free-range kid! Now let your imagination run wild and see what fun you can come up with on your own outdoors.

If you have any ideas for some cool missions, why not suggest a new mission.

We don’t have a computer at home, but we want to do the missions. Is this possible?

If you do not have access to a computer at home, your school, local library or a friend may have a terminal you can access temporarily to print off the mission sets that are available through the passport interface so you can take them home with you.

For more guidance on how to print off missions, please watch the following instructional video.

I thought Nature Play was about getting kids outside to play. Why are you encouraging something that requires them to be inside using a computer?

The computer and other social media are part of our modern lives and are actually a really good tool for us to connect with parents and kids. It only takes a minute to pop online and download a mission before running back outside to play.

The idea is that once kids get the hang of free-range play (and parents feel comfortable enough to let them do it), they won’t need prompting from online missions. They will be too busy mucking around outside inventing their own games.

Why do I have to agree to a disclaimer/terms of service?

Every child has their own unique abilities and limitations and as the adult responsible for their care, you are best placed to make the judgement on activities that are suited to them. 

The disclaimer is really just a reminder that, as always, you are responsible for ensuring your child is safe.

Is there anything else I can use my passport for?

Yes there is! There will be special events throughout the year that will have unique missions for you to do and stamps and stickers for you to earn.

Keep your eye out for updates by registering for our Nature Play newsletter or signing up for our Facebook group.

The passports can also be a great resource for schools, groups or families who want to make up their own set of missions!