NATURE PLAY ACTIVITY PROVIDERS

We are delighted to announce our Nature Play Activity Providers & Nature Play Education Providers!

Official Nature Play Activity Providers logo

Nature Play Providers are activity and resource providers that promote nature play-based activity and that ultimately support direct open-ended play or working toward open-ended play, as well as connect children with nature and or their local area. Nature Play Activity Providers can be identified by the official logo.

 

We welcome the following to the Nature Play QLD family:

Approved Nature Play Activity Providers

Art's Sake

Art’s Sake was started by visual artist, Sandy Vella when she developed and delivered visual art programs for Community Wellbeing and Green Arts.  Sandy designed other programs for pro-environmental change, sustainable lifestyles and creative solutions. They were created to connect people with their natural environment 'ecosystem', creativity, behaviour and impact on Earth through the creative process. 

Location:  Black's Beach, Mackay

More info:  www.artssake.net

Barefoot Nature Play

Barefoot Nature Play create play environments that capture children's imaginations, spark enthusiasm and give them freedom to follow their instincts. They set up enticing outdoor play environments and let the children direct their own play. As a result, children discover and develop their own interests and passions as they play in the great outdoors. Barefoot Nature Play programs have been developed by a paediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years experience.

Location:   Bald Hills, Brisbane

More info:  www.barefootnatureplay.com.au

BeachCare

BeachCare is the Gold Coast's dune restoration program facilitated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management in partnership with the City of Gold Coast.  The program educates the local community and provides opportunities to become involved in caring for their local coastal environment, learning about coastal processes and management techniques, and to become stewards of the natural environment.  Activities such as planting native dune species, removing invasive weeds and collecting and auditing beach litter are all completed by volunteers of all ages. 

Location:  Gold Coast

More info:  www.griffith.edu.au/beachcare

 

Blue Peter - The Sea School

Blue Peter conducts marine adventure programs in Moreton Bay and other areas in Queensland. Through the use of voyages of discovery, they engage with expeditionary and adventure learning processes. Activities include sailing, rowing, paddling, snorkelling, bushwalking and island camping. Blue Peter asserts that unstructured play, and having fun through discovery in nature, is essential to the learning process. 

Location:  Moreton Bay

More info:  www.bluepeteraustralia.com

Earth'sCool

Earth'sCool helps teachers, students and parents to learnscape their school grounds, parks or local reserves. Earth'sCool uses games and activities which are customised with environmental information specific to your school or neighbourhood. Each activity has follow up in-class / at home activities and projects, and all are linked to the National Curriculum. Earth’sCool is fully insured to undertake activities in school grounds and on public lands, and can even help your school or community group to apply for funds to do environmental projects in your local area.

Location:  Jimboomba

More info:  earthscool

Fitzroy Basin Elders Committee Inc

The Fitzroy Basin Elders Committee Inc. is a voluntary coalition of Aboriginal Elders and Traditional Owners who are collectively committed to improving the natural and cultural environment of Central Queensland and in reinstating the knowledge and wisdom of our people

Future Building Engaging Communities – Where Waters Meet: FBEC operates as a not-for-profit organisation with the direct purpose of sustainability and protection to the culture, natural resource management, economic, health and social factors for indigenous people and youth within the Fitzroy Basin catchment (over 20,850km of waterways and 1,052km of coastline). Our space is often complex and challenging but with dynamic adaptability and rich potential we have made positive changes via our Junior Ranger program, conservation/protected species/cultural programs and most recently training programs.

Location:  Rockhampton

More info:  www.fbec.org.au

Friends of Federation Walk

Federation Walk Coastal Reserve is 93 hectares of coastal dunes – a unique fusion of native vegetation, dunes, open space and ocean views. A network of established paths and tracks throughout this beautiful reserve allow for hiking, jogging, cycling, birdwatching or simply sitting under the trees and listening to the birds singing accompanied by the sounds of the ocean. Friends of Federation Walk facilitate monthly community plantings to connect the community while improving the biological diversity of the reserve.

Location:  The Spit, Main Beach, Gold Coast

More info:  www.federationwalk.org

Ginger Sport

At Ginger Sport, the values we live by are the values we work by. When choosing an activity for your child, the choice can be overwhelming. There is so much to consider – timing, location, sports versus arts, plus many more. And sometimes, you just know that a company is the right fit for you and your family’s values.

Ginger Sport offers a huge variety of activities with times and locations to suit. Our commitment to our values, and our passion for what we do, is what motivates families to choose us.

Location:     Brisbane
More info:   www.gingersport.com.au

Gold Coast Waterwatch

Gold Coast Waterwatch is a community service initiated and supported by the City of Gold Coast (CoGC) that engages with early learning centres, primary schools, high schools, community groups and community events to educate participants on the importance of healthy waterways and catchments.

As well as working to improve awareness and education, Gold Coast Waterwatch also assists in collecting data on the health of local waterways.

Location:  Gold Coast

More info:  www.goldcoastwaterwatch.com.au

Green Edge Catalysts

Green Edge Catalysts develops and facilitates creative, Eco-arts programs that are fun, immersive, collaborative experiences for children and their families - outside in nature. Tuning into the 5 senses; working in with the 4 seasons; using organic and recyclable green waste materials (leaves, branches, ferns, bark, bamboo, soil, feathers, …); and responding to the elements (sun, mud, wind, puddles, fire, …). Their specially designed interactive programs work wonders! They are inter-generational and are cross-disciplined. They're all about ‘Reconnecting children with nature, creatively’.

Location: Brisbane

More info: www.greenedgecatalysts.com.au

Grow Biosphere

Grow Biosphere is a project of sustainability, permaculture and nature education.

Set on 25 acres of native forest, bushland and farmland in the Noosa Valley, in collaboration with local indigenous and non indigenous community and the Grow Forest School, it offers hands on permaculture and nature play workshops and activities for children aged 4-12.   

Location: Sunshine Coast

More info:  www.facebook.com/gardenplaygrow 

Journey Outdoors in Nature

Journey Outdoors In Nature facilitate Journeys that allow people of all ages to experience the joys of living simply, reconnect with their surroundings, while feeling the benefits of eating local, sustainable, organic foods, and practicing being grateful, mindful and emotionally aware. They can provide solutions whether you're looking to create Wildhood memories through enrolling your child in our Wild Kids OSHC programs, Reconnect with Nature on one of our Holistic Adventures, or Transform your Team through their workshops.

Location: South East QLD

More info: www.journeyoutdoorsinnature.com.au

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens showcases the flora of the Central Queensland Coast Bioregion. The Gardens, just 12 years old, have created many habitats around a natural lagoon. Many creatures and birdlife can be seen when exploring the 51hectare site. A wonderful place to explore, exercise, wonder and play with nature.

Location: Lagoon Street, West Mackay

More info:  www.mackayregionalbotanicgardens.com.au

 

Mt Barney Lodge, Country Retreat

Only 90 minutes from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, Mt Barney Lodge is a long established and recognized Eco-accredited retreat surrounded by World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park. 

Experienced and qualified Outdoor Leaders take guests and visitors on adventure experiences such as rock climbing, and guided mountain ascents up Queensland’s most impressive peak.  

For the kids, there is an range of engaging activities that are facilitated by experienced and fun Outdoor Leaders. 

Immerse yourself in the surrounding Australian bush and see native wildlife, wildflowers and impressive views!

Location: Mt Barney

More info: www.mtbarneylodge.com.au

Natura Education

Natura Education is a family-owned business that has a passion for increasing childrens awareness of their surrounding natural environment. We delight in teaching children of all ages about the wonders of our natural world, and the importance of us all acting to help conserve it. These ideas and concepts are delivered to children in a hands-on, fun and interactive way that actively uses the outdoors as a classroom.

Location:   Gold Coast
More info:  www.natura-pacific.com

Paperbark Writer

Paula Peeters is an ecologist, artist and writer who offers a variety of services to help people to connect with nature. These include Nature Studies sessions for kids, Nature Journaling workshops for adults and older kids, Reading the Landscape Rambles and bespoke illustrated materials and guides such as colouring sheets, colouring books, identification guides and site reports.

Location: Sandgate

More info:  www.paperbarkwriter.com

Primal Influence

Primal Influence is a Health and Fitness Coaching business based on the Sunshine Coast. Our Primal Kids Classes (ages 3 to 12 years) are set up outdoors at parks and beaches and are designed to be suitable for children at almost any level of physical ability. The minimally structured approach allows children to engage in the variety of activities and movements without strictness around posture and performance, allowing them to naturally develop strength, fitness, coordination, balance, agility, mobility and confidence. Many of the activities allow children to physically interact with other children and experience the benefits of human touch. Some natural movements include jumping, crawling, balancing, with a huge variety of games incorporating and improving problem-solving and team work skills. One of the main goals of each class and each activity is to promote laughter and joy for everyone involved.

Location:   Sunshine Coast
More info:  www.primalinfluence.com

Professor JellyBean

Providing freaky fun science to children through birthday parties, vacation care, Kindy and Primary workshops. School science workshops focus on children utilising their senses in fun interactive experiments. Science workshops link with the Education for Sustainability cross curriculum priority. Professor JellyBean launches the Living Laboratory for families and teachers to enhance children’s ecological knowledge and positive environmental behaviour.

Location:  Ningi, Caboolture district

More info: www.freakyfunscience.com

Steve Parish - Nature Connect

Steve Parish is an acclaimed naturalist, photographer, artist, teacher, publisher and author. Through the media of visual arts, verbal and written expression, Steve Parish – Nature Connect enhances lives to a beneficial and sustained connection with Nature for the wellbeing of all.

Location:  Brisbane

More info:  www.steveparish-natureconnect.com.au

Our Earth, Oceans, and You

'Our Earth , Oceans, and You' provides in-school and off-campus multimedia presentations (live music/videos/slideshow) about the wonders of nature. Covering two of the Australian curriculum's cross-curriculum priorities, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures’, presentations are suitable for primary and secondary students. Shows ask students to consider the importance of nature, encouraging them to form a greater connection with the outdoors and a stronger drive to get amongst it!

Location:  Brisbane
More info:  www.ourearthoceansandyou.com

Sparky Doo Dah

Sparky Do Dah offers 'Natural Adventures' on the Gold Coast as part of the Active & Healthy school holiday program. Best suited for children 5 to 10, each 2 hour adventure including walking a nature trail, and a series of nature-based activities and games to connect kids to the environment.

Location:     Gold Coast
More info:    www.sparkydodah.com.au

SpokeSixteen

SpokeSixteen is cycling coaching for new and experienced cyclists in Brisbane. SpokeSixteen is also the Moreton Bay Delivery Centre for Let's Ride, a Cycling Australia programme empowering our kids to ride safely.

Location:  Mitchelton, Brisbane

More info:  www.spokesixteen.com.au

 

The Story Tree

Jenni Cargill-Strong is a professional storyteller. She is Principal of The Story Tree Company. Jenni employs a wide repertoire of dramatic skills and a beautiful singing voice to hold her audience. She moonlights as a tutor and guest lecturer at Southern Cross University, is a trained secondary English teacher and teaches storytelling locally and online.

Location:     Byron Shire
More info:    www.storytree.com.au

Waterbug Wonders

Waterbug Wonders educates children about the invertebrate diversity found in their local freshwater environments, and encourage them to explore, appreciate and conserve their local waterways. Their workshops provides children with a hands-on, educational, interactive and fun introduction to the wonderful world of waterbugs. After learning about their ecology, children are provided with a creek sample to make their own waterbug discoveries. 

Location:   Samsonvale

More info:  www.waterbugwonders.com.au or Waterbug Wonders on Facebook 

Approved Nature Play Education Providers

      

Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten

Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016.  The kindergarten caters for 44 families each year, and provides education for 3-5 year olds in their pre-prep year of education.  Providing a natural learning environment is a priority and their grounds feature large shade trees, a butterfly garden, frog pond, mud patch, vegetable garden, sand pit, yarning circle and fire pit area.  Their community is committed to providing large blocks of outdoor play for children and facilitating development and learning through play and interactions with nature.

Location:  Bayview Heights, Cairns

More info: www.bayviewheightskindy.com.au

Bush Kindy Adventures

Bush Kindy Adventures offers full day care for children ages 3-6 years of age. Ample unhurried time where children are leaders of their own learning sees them develop as confident imaginative people. Bush Kindy Adventures gives children the opportunity to work in a variety of natural spaces, building deep and meaningful connections with the land. Children develop an awareness of the lands past histories and become advocators for its protection in the future.

Location: Bunya, Brisbane

More info:  www.facebook.com/bushkindyadventures

Camp Hill OSHC

Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care foster learning through observationally derived and self-directed play. They aim to enrich the children’s lives by introducing to them life skills, knowledge and experiences that go beyond their school learning. They value nature, community and sustainable development and practice in both our tangible and intangible goals. Camp Hill OSHC aim to impart a strong sense of self assessed boundaries and foster appropriate emotional behaviours in the children we work with. Healthy living and all things pertaining to it, is fundamental too much of our programming and practices.

Location: Camp Hill, Brisbane

More info:  Camp Hill OSHC website

Choices Family Day Care and Regional Choices Family Day Care

Choices Family Day Care and Regional Family Day Care are established education and care services in the Ipswich and surrounding areas. As Nature Play advocates, their services encourage creativity and resilience in children by encouraging the use of natural play spaces, which can provide significant benefits to children that extend to all areas of children’s learning and overall wellbeing.

Locations:  Greater Springfield, Ipswich, Brisbane, Fernvale, Laidley, Greenbank

More info: www.choicesfdc.com.au

Clearview Early Learning & Kindergarten

Clearview is a small, established centre nestled in a beautiful semi-rural environment.  They cater for children from birth to 5 years and provide curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework, providing quality Infant, Toddler, Junior Kindy and Senior Kindy Programs.

Clearview has an off-site Bush Kindy Program which gives children the opportunity to explore and care for their natural environment for 3 days each week, also focussing on problem-solving, confidence and resilience. They have a small farm with animals such as sheep, chickens, turtles and guinea pigs which furthermore promotes teaching of respect, life skills, responsibility and empathy for others.

Location: Nerang

More info: www.clearviewkindy.com.au

Family Day Care Cairns

We provide quality professional child care and education for babies to school leavers in collaborative partnership with families and the community. Through a balance of natural and constructed resources and environments children are involved connected to their world.  Our Forest School programs are the perfect environment for rich learning through play and recreation.  

Location: Edge Hill, Cairns

More info: www.familydaycarecairns.com.au

Goodstart Early Learning Red Hill

Goodstart Red Hill is an early education service providing long day care for children aged 15 months to school age, including a government approved Kindergarten Program. The service takes each group of children out to visit a nearby wild space every week, with access to both a creek and a bush space, affectionately known as the Magical Forest. Goodstart Red Hill are happy advocates for an outdoor childhood, and embrace a pedagogy of nature in their programs and learning spaces.

Location: Red Hill

More info: www.goodstart.org.au/centres/red-hill/overview and www.facebook.com/goodstartelredhill/

Ipswich Family Day Care

IFDC has been established in the Ipswich community for over 31 yrs. They're a community not-for-profit service that promotes and practices best outcomes for all children. IFDC works in partnership with educators in the area to support families and children in high quality care provision. Connection to the natural environment and children’s engagement in nature forms the foundation of their service philosophy and they strive to continue learning and share knowledge around nature play and its benefits for all children.

Location:   Ipswich

More info:  www.ipswichfamilydaycare.org.au

Karana Early Education Centre (ESKAY Kids)

Karana Early Education Centre is a long day care centre in Karana Downs.  This beautiful bushland community is something we love to reflect in our service, and our philosophies focus on authentic and free play for kids! We love to exploring our natural setting and ensure that the outdoors is available to children all day - in all conditions!  

 The Play Network is a group with a primary purpose of advocating childrens' right to play. Knowing the importance of outdoor and nature play for children is a big part of our discussions and advocacy. 

Location:  Karana Downs

More info:  www.eskaykids.com.au

Natureweavers  

Natureweavers is a forest school program for children and families. Based on the Sunshine Coast, we have been offering programs for children in wildspace since 2010. We combine consistent, deep immersion in wildspace and a consultative, honouring way of working with children that creates a real and permanent link between children and earth and thus fosters the next generation of earth warriors. our award winning programs include a bush kindergarten, afterschool and homeschool programs, holiday programs, seasonal celebrations and bushcraft workshops. 

Location:  Cooroy,

More info:  www.facebook.com/TheNatureweaversPlace

Numala Kinder

Numala Kinder is an early childhood service offering River Kinder (family day care) and Nature Day Camp holiday programs. With access to peaceful and beautiful natural spaces, plenty of time and open resources, children’s creative flow becomes the basis for their play, learning, discovery, growth and well-being. Numala Nabei - Embrace Play.

Location:   Nerang, Gold Coast

More info:  https://numalakinder.wordpress.com

If you are interested in becoming a Nature Play Provider or know someone suitable, please contact Sara Devine, Community Development and Resource Coordinator, at [email protected]

Nature Play Providers supply activities and resources within Nature Play QLD’s definition of what nature play is, as per our mission:

Nature Play QLD's mission is to increase the time Queensland kids spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature. It is founded on the understanding that unstructured play outdoors – nature play – is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood. Nature play promotes health benefits, including cognitive, social and emotional development, and it builds resilience and creativity as well. Experiences in nature as a child can also lead to environmental awareness and stewardship later in life.

We appreciate that some activities will have an inherent structure to them, but that they will ultimately support direct open-ended play or working towards open-ended play, as well as connect children with nature and or their local area.

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