NATURE PLAY ACTIVITY PROVIDERS

We are delighted to announce our Nature Play Activity 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.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

More info: www.jumpupforkids.com.au/outdoors

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

Soundsations Nature Playgroups - Logan City

Soundsations workshops are designed by early childhood specialists with research interests in sensory play and nature-based learning. They provide opportunities for children to make music, create, problem-solve, use their imaginations and explore nature. Workshop experiences include activities such as messy play, sensory activities, singing, movement to music, construction and painting. Soundsations intertwine sustainability concepts at every opportunity, model environmental awareness and encourage eco-conscious living. They believe in allowing children to freely explore their environment and focus on the process of playing not the end product. Therefore each lesson is purposefully designed to encourage creative expression, whilst they spend their  time guiding your child through the experiences and sharing their knowledge of child development.

Location:  Waterford, Logan

More info: www.facebook.com/SoundsationsQLD

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

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

More info: www.facebook.com/tamsinscottearthplay/

 

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 

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

More info:  www.wildlingsforestschool.com

Woven Wellbeing

Woven Wellbeing is a counselling service with a focus on creativity and reconnecting with Nature. Along with offering counselling, Woven Wellbeing hosts nature-play groups, nature-based therapeutic workshops, events, Nature Magic kids club and administrates the Nature Play Mothers community. Woven Wellbeing is a service for all ages and stages of life, taking a passion in advocating for our natural environment and the profound benefits it has on the individual and community wellbeing.

Location: Highfields, Toowoomba

More info: Woven Wellbeing

Yumba Bimbi Support Service

Yumba Bimbi Support Services has been helping enhance the lives of people with disabilities across rural and remote communities of the Central Highlands, Bowen Basin and Western Queensland regions for 20 years. 

Yumba Bimbi is thrilled to initiate The Bush Discovery Project! The Project aims to offer all children in the community with the opportunity to be amongst nature. The diverse range of micro ecosystems (rainforest, open landscape and bush) in the Botanic Gardens in Emerald, Central QLD presents itself as an ideal environment to explore. A parent/caregiver will be present in order to foster relationship building, as well as to help guide and support the little Bush Explorers through the experiences being made available.

More info: Yumba Bimbi Support Service

Reverse Garbage Queensland

Reverse Garbage Queensland is a not-for-profit worker run co-operative that promotes environmental sustainability and resource reuse. We collect high quality industrial discards, diverting them away from landfill and sell them at a low cost to the general public.We run a variety of environment and waste focused art workshops and educational talks and tours to suit every age and group. We also run a mail order service and host a gallery and gift shop.  

More info: Reverse Garbage Queensland  

Edutones (Mackay)

Edutones is a social enterprise that facilitates opportunities for authentic, child-centred, outdoor and community-based learning and play experiences across Mackay and surrounds.

Edutones acknowledges the many ways of knowing, being, living and learning and provides programs across a range of social and educational settings with the aim of fostering a love of learning, and deep connections to place and community. 

Programs are informed by tenets of permaculture, place-based education, imaginative ecological education and forest school and currently include nature playgroup, outside school hours care, workshops and community projects.

More info: Edutones

Bazil Grumble

Bazil Grumble has been providing exciting creative arts experiences for children, young people, adults and seniors since 1997. Artistic Directors, Fiona Bazley Hodges and Grant Hodges, are passionate about developing participants’ confidence, communication, interaction and imagination in a safe and supportive environment. This ethos is at the heart of all of the workshops, classes and activities offered by Bazil Grumble. Take advantage of the many activities offered in outdoor spaces and get creative outside. 

More info: Bazil Grumble

Birdwings
Birdwings offers a variety of mobile nature immersion programs for children, adults and schools on the Gold Coast. Birdwings offers a safe, connected and creative space for children to experience the joy and benefits of regular nature immersion. Our programs include Birdwings Playgroup, Little Birdwings Nature Play, Birdwings Bush Club, school holiday programs and incursion/excursions for schools. In addition we offer creative nature retreats and workshops for adults and educators.
Location: Gold Coast
More information: Birdwings  
 

If you are interested in becoming a Nature Play Activity Provider or know someone suitable, please contact Miranda Mason, Community Engagement 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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