Get outside and get dirty this International Mud Day

Date posted: 28 June 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation 

Families and schools are encouraged to let children play dirty tomorrow in backyards and playgrounds to mark International Mud Day.

The day is so popular that the official Nature Play SA event booked out within 48 hours; but families and schools can enjoy the day on their own as well.

Anyone getting muddy tomorrow is invited to use the hashtag #MudDay to share mud-rich memories. 


International Mud Day is for children, adults, and organizations across the globe to get muddy and raise awareness about the importance of nature for children. 

Nature Play SA first celebrated International Mud Day at Bonython Park in 2015.

Nature Play SA is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the Government of South Australia.

For more information and ideas visit Nature Play SA's website.

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

Research shows that playing in natural spaces is good for physical and mental health. 

International Mud Day encourages children to be outside and getting hands on with nature in a playful setting. 

Getting dirty and playing outside is part of a healthy and happy childhood. 

Quotes attributable to Nature Play SA CEO Sarah Sutter

Our International Mud Day event has grown from 300 people in 2015 to more than 1000 this year. The event booked out within 48 hours. 

We know that more schools and pre-schools are celebrating the day this year and encourage families at home to get involved too. 

Nothing epitomizes childhood play more than mud. It’s sensory, playful and mysterious. 

It starts with a finger or stick dipped tentatively at the edges and before you know it, there are squeals of delight and your children are immersed in it.  

Mud is part of childhood.