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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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

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Grow Forest School

Grow Forest School 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

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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

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Jump Up Outdoors

Jump Up Outdoors allows children to press pause on their busy, structured lives and step out into the natural world for adventure and fun. They provide a unique opportunity for 'city kids' to develop a play space that is truly their own. Each day is guaranteed to be different from the last and even the most indoorsy child can't help but have a blast. Jump Up Outdoors programs have been developed by a paediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years experience.

Location: Bald Hills, Brisbane

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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Soundsations Nature Playgroups - Logan City

Soundsations began when school teacher Amie Hankinson noticed the lack of educational and affordable experiences for babies and children to explore in the Logan City area. Soundsations run fortnightly playgroup sessions that are based outdoors across Logan and suited best for children 0-5 years. These sessions explore lifecycles, water play, nature scavenger hunts, arts/crafts, bush walking, messy play, environmental care and music and movement. They encourage risk-taking, play-based learning and socialisation amongst families. Sessions are open to families, educational providers and home schoolers, and a mobile service means they can also come to events near you.

Location:  Waterford, Logan

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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

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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
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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
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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

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Tamsin Scott Earth Play

Tamsin Scott Earth Play runs connect-with-nature activities for families and children, that are imaginative, creative, fun and immersive adventures - all in the outdoors using organic found materials!

Tamsin also runs an inspiring workshop for adults - WildChild Gardens, Design for Backyard Nature Play. Her aim is to give parents and carers the tools to create an environment for a daily dose of nature play, that the kids can’t resist!

Tamsin Scott is a landscape architect, visual artist and nature lover. She previously worked at Green Edge Catalysts.

Location: Brisbane

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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
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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: or Waterbug Wonders on Facebook 

Wildlings Forest School

Wildlings Forest School offers Nature Playgroups, Forest Kindy, Forest School, Holiday and School Programs for children aged 0-12 years as well as Professional Development courses. These programs can be run at our own Forest School site on the banks of the idyllic Petrie Creek on the Sunshine Coast, or we can come to you to your own wild space. Freedom to choose, freedom to learn and freedom to play!

Location:   Sunshine Coast

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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

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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

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C&K Arana Hills

C&K Arana Hills is a long established single unit branch Kindergarten catering for children 3.5 to 5 years. They are located beside large open play spaces and the Kedron Brook.

C&K Arana Hills have been engaging with their local environment for may years and have a nature kindy program where children are given the freedom to connect with the natural world that surrounds our service. Through play based child centred and adult scaffolded learning experiences, the children are able to learn about the flora and fauna that live in this very special place and eventually learn to care for and protect it. They aim to support all the children to become stewards of the earth for all future generations to come.

Location: Arana Hills, Brisbane

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Enhance Family Day Care - Ipswich

Enahnce Family Day Care Ipswich 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

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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

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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,

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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

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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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