Play, Place and Pedagogy

Connection to place is a key element of nature education in Aotearoa.

Place based learning is all about experiencing and exploring your local environment in meaningful ways. Having these types of experiences gives us opportunities to connect with our place, learn new things about our local spaces, learn to value them more, take care of them and to then be empowered to act in real ways.
Papatuanuku has shown us that the earth is hurting. Lockdown has shown us that if we make changes, we can heal our earth. Are we listening?
Through lockdown there has been a lot of time spent in our local environments. We explored, we experienced, we noticed, we were present. Did we like what we saw? Were we disheartened? Were we filled with Joy?
In this full-day workshop, we will explore place-based learning outside the classroom either within your grounds or in your local natural spaces.

What You Will Gain


What place-based education is and how it fits in our education system


Learning beyond the classroom and the role nature plays


What a culturally responsive curriculum could look like 


How a play-based pedagogy can weave into place-based learning


Practical ideas and approaches specific to attendees local environments


A deeper understanding Kaitiakitanga and your local environment

Further Information


1 Day Workshop approx 6-6.5hours


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


There is ideal if you have already done a one day of two day nature education workshop although not a pre-requisite


A certificate of completion will be available when finished

Investment, Dates and Locations

Ōtautahi (Christchurch) – Date TBC

North Island Workshop – Date and Location TBC


$180 (Earlybird – 30 days before course date)


$220 per person (Standard Registration)

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 over 20 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.

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Photos taken by: Stephanie @ www.stephaniedefregger.com and Celia Hogan

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