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

Nature School NZ has a mission to get as many children as possible learning from and through nature.


The educators of Nature School NZ Trust are proactive and responsive to government guidelines around safety during the Covid 19 pandemic.  We will resume our programmes when schools open at alert L2 or below, and if Schools close, Ministry of Health advice changes or the alert level changes, we will reassess.

Once our programmes resume, we will 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. We will stop using reflective vests for now (we ask that your children please wear a bright top instead) and when cooking we will choose things that are cooked by each child, instead of communially created.

The Nature School tauira will be meeting on the grass in front of the woolshed car park and will only go inside to retrieve equipment or if we need to because of inclement weather. This will mean that if particularly bad weather is forecast, we may have to cancel.
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 small groups of children visiting and learning from and through nature in their local places. Working mainly with Primary schools and pre-school services, through the Bush Sprouts programme we take children to their local bush space weekly, with experienced and qualified professionals to nurture and extend their 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

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Wellington, New Zealand

+27 438 5366

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