Welcome to Big Scrub Nature Play, your destination for all things kid-friendly, nature and outdoors. This website is dedicated to inspiring kids to get outside and back to nature, one adventure at a time. 

We believe that the most memorable childhood experiences are built from moments of freedom, fantasy and discovery spent in the natural wildness. Unstructured play in a natural environment enables children to be challenged, boisterous, creative, messy and above all, themselves.

And it's not just about play. Whether it’s through family travel, nature crafts, free exploration, outdoor activities, we know that kids are happiest and learn best when they’re outside, exploring and getting their hands dirty. We want to be your main resource for outdoor family inspiration and to help you find new ways for you and your child  to connect, discover and explore the wonders of nature together. 

Through our workshops and playgroups we encourage children to get outside and climb, crawl, clamber, scramble, dig, slither, sing, explore, run, roll, flap, feel, kick, play, patrol, build, imagine, make, ask, seek, chase, look and listen. And... we let parents do the same! Because, let's be honest, most adults need a little more wildness in their lives, too!


Our job is to provide inspiration, tools and knowledge, but as a parent, you play the most important role. You can nurture your children's love for nature by encouraging them to play, explore, observe, question and imagine. An unhurried, wild childhood could be the biggest gift you give to your children.

Our principles

Our programs are guided by pedagogical principles that combine the Scandinavian forest school movement, adventure play and child-directed exploration and learning. By creating a gentle, nurturing yet stimulating environment, we support young children in their natural development.

WHAT IS forest school

Research clearly shows that outdoor play is so important for a child’s creativity and critical thinking. But how is Forest School different from other outdoor or play-based programs? And what it involves exactly?


Currently we have two programs on offer:

Little Explorers Mum & Bub Playgroups (2 to 6 yrs)

Forest School sessions (3 to 6 yrs)


Big Scrub Nature Play offers nature playgroups and forest school sessions in Lennox Head, Ballina and Byron hinterland. We provide a warm, inviting and stimulating environment which nurtures children and embraces families as partners in a community of learners.


Big Scrub Nature Play acknowledges that we work and play together on the traditional land of the Bundjalung people.


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