Professional Development

Nature Education is the New Zealand version of Forest Schools and we have designed our professional development specifically with the New Zealand educator and our bi-cultural origins in mind. We will help you develop the skills you need to take preschool and primary tamariki outdoors and into nature, AKA the outdoor classroom. 

You can either book onto one of the workshops that we run OR bring us into your centre or school to run a day workshop for your community. Find out more further down the page.


 This 2 day workshop will give confidence to people who want to educate children through nature either on or off site in single or multi day programmes. This is the New Zealand version of Forest School training and it has been designed specifically with the New Zealand educator in mind. Ideally suited to ECE and primary school teachers and other educators or parents with a keen interest in educating tamariki in nature.

We will cover:  

  • What is nature education and forest schools for New Zealand
  • Purpose and Philosophy
  • Day to day planning – what a day ‘could’ look like
  • The role of the teacher
  • Curriculum in nature
  • Cultural considerations
  • Risk assessment and emergency planning
  • Group management outdoors
  • Practical skills – Fire, Knots, shelter building, Tools including knives

Dates: 19th – 20th September 2020 (CHRISTCHURCH)

Cost: $390 per person (Earlybird)

             $450 per person (Standard Registration)

This workshop will build the confidence of educators who want to use a local space for nature play with their tamariki. It will provide skills, knowledge and ideas to support children’s play in an outdoor environment. Aimed at ECE and Primary teachers there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking.

This 6 hour workshop will cover:

  • Benefits of nature play
  • Schema, loose parts and risky play
  • Recognising learning and linking the curriculum
  • The role of the teacher in the outdoor classroom
  • Risk management and group management outdoors
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Fire and knives

Dates/Times: On request

Cost: $165 per person (includes morning/afternoon tea. BYO lunch)

This full-day workshop is for anyone wanting to introduce some extra elements including tools and fire to their nature education sessions either as educators or parents. We will cover the risk management and group management as well as the practicalities and a variety of techniques while having a fun day reminiscing about our own childhoods! There will also be conversations on cultural considerations, weaving these into your sessions 

In this full-day practical workshop we will be covering:

  • Fire safety
  • Tool safety including knives
  • Knots
  • Shelter Building
  • Risk Management
  • Group Management
  • Cultural considerations

Dates/Times: TBC or on request

Cost: $165 per person 

This workshop is aimed at those working with or wanting to work with children in nature or the outdoor classroom. It’s also aimed at those who want to offer outdoor experiences for their tamariki and create more opportunities for risky play while ensuring a foundation of strong risk management practices. We will help you to build knowledge and feel confident in providing a safe and fun learning environment for your tamariki outdoors.

This 3 hour workshop will cover:

  • Risk Management, including Health and Safety
  • Group management outdoors
  • Role of the teacher 
  • Children’s role in the outdoor classroom
  • Cultural considerations

Dates/Times: TBC or on request

Cost: $75 per person

Customised Training and Support

Customised on request workshops are great for centres, schools or organisations who want to offer some professional development to their teachers. You can also open these sessions up to your community or cluster. One of the biggest benefits is having this training in your local environment. 

The packages are designed for those that are wanting to set up their outdoor classroom, bring a nature pedagogy into their philosophy and support the whole team to implement and embedd teaching in the outdoor classroom.

Inquires: For all these packages please email to arrange a time to talk on the phone and take the next step.

We Come To You

We will come to where you are in New Zealand or overseas, to run a workshop or multi day training. You can either choose from the workshops we already offer or we can co-create something specifically for you and your team or community. Please send us an email and we can then arrange a phone call to talk through what you are interested in and what you are wanting to gain.

Day rates start from $1750 plus travel, accomdation and food supplement.

For not for profit groups please contact.

Training and Follow Up Support

We will come to you as above and provide 2 x 1 hour follow up online training sessions. These follow up sessions are fantastic in helping to embed the great learning that occured during the full day training. It helps to provide a clear focus and path forward and answers any questions that you may have as well as problem solve any challenges. The follow up sessions are to be taking within 4 months of the face to face training day.

Investment: $2500 plus travel, accomodation and food suplement if staying over night

Making It Happen Package

We will come to you twice in a 12 month period. Between sessions there will be 4 online support sessions. These can be either focus sessions that review where you are at, look at the challenges and provide a clear next steps, or can focus on specific areas that the team has identified as an area for support or up skilling. Teachers will have direct email access to us to ask questions throughout the 12 months and will be encouraged to do so. Alternatively a Private Facebook group can be set up to ask questions too.

Investment: $7500 plus travel, accomadation and food supplement if staying overnight


Send us an email to explore what option works best for you!

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What People Are Saying

A great workshop with an excellent balance of theoretical and practical. Inspiring and challenging me to make outdoor, nature play for children in my care happen.

Melanie ECE Teacher

The most valuable part of the workshop was working on our nature school philosophy and analysing play according to schema and key competencies. An interesting and well prepared day.

Gloria, Primary School Teacher

An outstanding presentation of an approach to learning that is desperately needed in these times of mental health fragility among our young people.

Jackie, Primary School Teacher

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