Play in an un-structured open ended environment

Develops creativity, complex thinking skills and planning skills

Fitness, coordination and balance

Mana motuhake

Independence, self-regulation, resilience and self-esteem

Mahi ngātahi

Co-operation, negotiation, collaboration and group ethos


Guardianship and conservation of our precious natural environment.

Mana Whenua

A sense of place and belonging


Developing growth mindset through challenges and risk taking

Exploring the rich sensory experience of nature

Play based learning

Learning local stories, Maori legends and connecting through Mana Whenua

Setting goals and overcoming challenges

Taku Patai

Questioning, critical thinking and problem solving


Curiosity, investigating scientific concepts

Our mission:

Empowering childrens’ learning from and through nature play.


The educators of Nature School NZ Trust are proactive and responsive to government guidelines around safety during the Covid 19 pandemic.  We continue to teach and encourage good hygiene; catching coughs and sneezes and washing hands well before eating, after coughing on them etc and in-between as well. We have hand sanitizer which we will use if we are away from bathrooms with hand washing facilities.

As always, if your child is unwell, please don’t send them to Nature School. If they arrive sick or develop sickness during the day, they will be isolated and will need to be picked up straight away.

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We offer customised planning and programming to get children outside; playing and learning from and through nature in their local places. Working with Primary schools and pre-school services, through the Bush Sprouts programme we take children to their local bush space weekly.  Our Nature School programme (1 day School) runs weekly. Our experienced and qualified professionals nurture and extend childrens’ love for and learning from and through nature. Funding may be available.

Our Programmes

Bush Sprouts Programme

A custom made nature play programme for your school. We manage the set-up as facilitation for as long as as you need, with the aim of creating a fantastic, sustainable programme for your school to continue running. Funding may be available.

Nature School Programme

A weekly, long-term programme offering the benefits and joys of learning from and through nature with a small group of experienced educators. Children between 4 and 10 years enrol privately with permission and in consultation with their school.

Bush Sprouts Holiday Programme

 Our wildly popular Bush Sprouts holiday programmes have been selling out within two days, as they are the ‘best day ever’ for so many children.  Join our mailing list to hear first about when they’re coming up. 

Give your children an experience to remember!


Self Confidence

Thinking Investigation

Self Esteem

Growth Mindset


Balance, Fitness

Place based Learning



Creativity, Problem Solving


Risk taking/ Assessment

Our funders and supporters

Paul King 
Business Mentor

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Wellington, New Zealand

+27 438 5366

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