At Big Scrub Forest School we believe in nurturing children and giving them the time and opportunity to lead their own play and learning experiences. We see our roles as long-term mentors as opposed to deliverers of a curriculum. We are guided by nature's seasons and rhythms and we plan each session based on the children's interests and needs.

Our days follow a gentle, relaxed rhythm which includes time for free play, exploring, singing, making up stories, playing games that open up our senses, creating and tinkering with our hands, and even making our own toys.


Some of the things we might be doing include:

  •  nature based art

  •  mindfulness activities - such as yoga, sit spot, awareness games

  •  learning to use tools safely (knives, hammers, drills..)

  •  interacting and caring for our farm animals

  •  identifying bush tucker, wildcrafting

  •  cubby/shelter building

  •  storytelling

  • food preparation and cooking

  •  climbing trees

  •  making plant medicine

  •  building fairy houses and bug hotels

  •  gardening, tree planting, caring for native flora and so much more...​


Our programs are facilitated by experienced and qualified early childhood educators and forest school leaders.

Where you'll find us

We are currently located at the Sunshine Butterflies Backyard, in Cooroibah - 15 acres of natural beauty, 5 min from Tewantin and 15 min from Noosa Heads. 

We share the space with beautiful people and animals, and we believe this has become an integral part of our ethos - an invaluable opportunity to teach our children about compassionate living, inclusion and community.

By participating to our programs, you are not only supporting a small local business but also a wonderful local charity.

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Forest school

At our forest school we spend our time in between a wonderful nature playground, a farm area, veggie gardens and wonderful fruit orchards. We get up close to birds and farm animals, and we occasionally get the fire going to cook some healthy treats!

The opportunities for play and connection are endless. Come and join our beautiful community of nature explorers today.

For children aged 3 to 6 years. Must be fully toilet trained. Please note this is a drop-off program.

Dates & location

Thursday 6 October to

Thursday 8 December 2022 (10 weeks)

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sunshine Butterflies "Backyard"

468 McKinnon Drive, Cooroibah 4565


$70 per day. Full term commitment (pay up front or monthly payment instalments available).

Not sure if this program is for you? New families have the opportunity to sign up to a 3 weeks' trial!