Due to COVID19 and Lockdown we had to postpone our 2020 Nature Play Conference. We are pleased to advise that the new date is 26th and 27th March 2021. Registrations will open later in 2020. Please sign up to our newsletter on the home page to stay updated with this conference.

Let’s get inspired together!


What is it about:

As the nature play movement grows in New Zealand, we want to provide you with a way to connect with like minded people while gaining knowledge and confidence to use nature as the teacher. Come and join us for a day of inspiration with some amazing New Zealand speakers, who will be exploring our children’s connection to their local environment through conversation and interaction. Our speakers will challenge you, inspire you and provide you with tools and strategies to take away with you.

Who is it aimed at:

This conference is aimed at teachers and those who work directly and indirectly with children (ECE educators and primary teachers, urban planners/designers, enthusiastic parents). Anyone who works with children will benefit in attending.

People will leave the conference:

  • Having connected and networked with like-minded people
  • Gaining an understanding of some of the research and benefits of child-led free play in nature
  • Understanding ways to incorporate and develop manawhenua in nature play
  • With more confidence in their own ability using nature as a teacher
  • Armed with knowledge to support them in getting children outdoors and into their local environment
  • Inspired by new ideas through practical workshops


Friday 3rd April 2020

8.15-8.45am REGISTRATION
8.45-9.25m MIHI and WELCOME
9.25-9.45am BREAK / Networking
9.45-10.45am SPEAKER – David Spraggs – Senior Teacher, Gisborne Kindergarten Association
10.55-11.55am WORKSHOP ONE –  3 to choose from
12.00-12.30pm NZ RESEARCH – Luisa Schreiber, Research Assistant, Auchland University of Technology
12.30-1.20pm LUNCH / Networking
1.20-2.20pm SPEAKER – Harko Brown, Māori Playground Designer
2.25-3.25pm WORKSHOP TWO – 3 to choose from
3.25-3.45pm BREAK / Networking
3.45-4.40pm SPEAKER – Celia Hogan, Nature Play Advocate and Founder of Little Kiwis Nature Play
4.55-5.00pm THANK YOU and sum up


Saturday 4th April (Optional Day 2 Workshop)

9.00-12 noon DAY 2 WORKSHOPS
– Emma Woods: Involving Children in Design & Decision Making
– Celia Hogan: Bringing Nature In
– Dani Lebo: Nature Educator Upskill – Storytelling, Knots, Shelters & Fire

Keynote Speakers Information:

Workshop Information:

Conference Cost:

Friday 3rd April 2020

  • Standard Rate $240 

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April 2020

  • Two Day Standard Rate $315

Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Group Discount:

7% for groups of 4 or more on the same invoice.



We have two methods of payment.

PayPal – Follow the Book and Pay Now link to pay now by paypal

Invoice – Pay by Invoice (an invoice will be sent through to you within 7 days)

Terms and Conditions:

If Little Kiwis Nature Play cancels the conference for any reason (except in the event of a natural disaster or event outside our control), a full refund of the registration fee will be returned. If you cancel your booking at least 30 days before the conference a full refund less a $40 admin fee per person will be made. If you cancel at least 14 days before the conference date, a refund will be made, less $100 per person. If you cancel your booking within 14 days prior to the conference date, no refund will be made but you can transfer your place for free.

Venue Day 1:

The conference will be held at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Conference room (behind the information centre/cafe). This is a great central location and in the beautiful surrounds of the Botanic Gardens. Here is a link to the location on google maps: Click Here.

Venues Day 2:

Various venues in Christchurch which are specified under the workshop tab and will also be confirmed in an email closer to the time.


YMCA on Hereford street and only 10mins walk to the venue, have given us a discount code to be used on their website only. The discount is for accommodation the couple of nights either side of the conference. To get the discount you must use the code below.


Just apply the code “NATURE”.

What Attendees Said Last Year:

Great to meet like-minded educators and listen to examples of how nature play can be implemented.

Extremely well organised. Very interesting speakers. Food was great.

Variety of speakers was great! So useful and inspiring (and practical) with ideas about how to connect Tamariki to Nature.

I felt it all worked well together. The day flowed and I enjoyed the different stages to the day.

A big thank you. Really enjoyed being with such a varied group of educators.

Great variety of speakers and perspectives – Interesting to hear about nature play initiatives.

The whole conference worked smoothly with great speakers!

A good balance of panel discussions, workshops, visuals, breaks, sharing of ideas, local resources and new information.

Still have questions?

Contact Naomi at info@littlekiwisnatureplay.com

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