Nature Education Weekend Workshop

Teaching in Te Taiao

Are you passionate about nature play? Want to set up a nature discovery programme, forest school programme or bush school but aren’t sure what to do to make it happen? 

Then, this is the nature education training you have been looking for!

This intensive weekend workshop is full of practical and hands-on training that will give you the knowledge and confidence to get your nature play programme off the ground. Learn exactly what you need to have in place before running a nature programme and the steps you should take to convert your existing space or implement your nature excursions.

If you already have your nature programme up and running, then you will still get plenty of knowledge, reassurance and an opportunity to grow your confidence.

Not only will you walk away from the weekend with the skills and tools to empower your tamariki with nature play and connection, but you will also gain a deeper understanding of the power of play in te taiao.

Specifically designed for an Aotearoa context, you will enjoy practical experiences and connect with other like-minded educators around the motu. 

Won’t you join us?

What You Will Gain


Knowledge of nature education for Aotearoa and linking the curriculum.


Learn how to use your existing outdoor space or set up a nature excursion programme.


How to weave in Te Ao Māori and deepen your connection to te taiao.


Day to day planning and ideas to support a nature play pedagogy.


Risk assessment, group management skills and health and safety.


Bush Craft Skills: Fire, Knives, Knots, Shelters and crafting with te taiao.

Further Information


Saturday 9-4.30pm & Sunday 9-3.30pm (optional friday night whanaungatanga)


A mix of both theory and practical – inside and outside no matter what the weather! Having appropriate clothing is essential


Pre-reading sent out in advance of workshop (allow 1-2 hours)


It is an intense 2 days. We recommend a quiet night on Saturday to allow time to process the information


This is not a residential weekend. Attendees are required to  find their own accommodation


A certificate of completion will be available when finished

Investment, Dates and Locations


$460 plus GST per person (Earlybird – 30 days before course date)


$500 plus GST per person (Standard Registration)


Date: 6-7 April 2024


Date: TBC

Who Are Your Trainers

CELIA HOGAN is the founder of Little Kiwis Nature Play based in Christchurch. Celia is a passionate advocate for getting children outdoors and into nature. With 25 years of outdoor and nature education experience, she runs Bush Kindy sessions for preschoolers in Christchurch and runs professional learning and development for ECE and Primary teachers, educators and parents. Celia loves to share her knowledge to help others better their practice and she stands behind the concept that there is never just one way to do things. Celia is currently trying to change legislation to allow full time bush kindergartens to start in New Zealand.

LEO SMITH is the founder of Nature School NZ is based in Wellington. Leo is a wealth of knowledge coming from an outdoor instructor and ECE/primary/secondary teaching background. Leo has set up some amazing programmes for ECE and primary age groups and works tirelessly to ensure that nature time is accessible for all children of all backgrounds. She runs a successful one day school at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park in Pauahatanui which is another passion project of hers.

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