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In nature we don’t just have fun; we find ways to learn about respect, empathy, kindness and harmony. Our vision is to support children, families and communities reconnect with nature through play, simple mindfulness practices and storytelling. 


Growing with Nature is a program for families and educators who value and support nature-based play and learning. It is an inclusive movement that can be easily integrated into a wide range of lifestyles and educational approaches. Some of our families have chosen the path of home education, while others have embarked on the exciting journey of unschooling. Many others use our nature-based, experiential curriculum to complement traditional schooling.

Our approach is:

Child led - Children are given the time and freedom to explore at their own pace, following their natural curiosity, instinct and ideas. There is no schedule, and children are unhurried in their explorations - in fact they are encouraged to take time to observe, reflect, make decisions and evaluate risks.

Gentle and respectful - We encourage children to move gently in the natural environment, among their peers, and in their use of tools. We observe changes and transformations in the natural surroundings, learn about nature's rhythms and seasonal changes. Over time, children develop a deep sense of ownership and connection to that space. An increasing sense of security and self-confidence fosters their growing independence.

Supportive of risk-taking and adventure - Kids know how much risk they can handle, and since they are unhurried they have the invaluable opportunity to try and repeat until they can master a task. Adults offer support and supervision but there is minimal interference. This does not mean, of course, that we put our children at risk. We take safety very, very seriously.​​​


Our nature school is located on the Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia. We offer weekly nature play sessions at the beautiful Noosa Botanic Gardens, as well as community events open to all ages such as our annual Winter solstice gathering and regular beach clean ups. Our experiential program is also delivered to local primary schools and early childhood centres in the form of incursions or excursions.


Can't join us in person? Go at your own pace with our book Growing with Nature - A year of play, creativity, rituals and mindfulness following the rhythm of nature. Or join one of our Restorative Storytelling workshops to learn about transformative storytelling and story listening tools that will help you create, heal and strengthen nature connection within your family, classroom and communities.

See you out there,

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