Our Programme

Nature School Dunedin is a one-day programme based on 1.25 hectares of native bush at Doctors Point. Our programme runs during term time each Thursday.

At 8.30am our shuttle will collect your child from a designated spot at their foundation school and return them at approx. 3pm in time for the end of the school day. Our ratio at NSD is 1 adult for every 6 children. This ensures that we can foster relationships with learners in order to encourage and nurture individuals strengths.

Programme Overview

There is no typical day at NSD.  We are led as much as possible by the children and their interests, play, the weather and seasons.
Our flow may look something like this:


Further Reading

This is not an exhaustive list of relevant readings but it’s a
good place to start if you would like to know more about the benefits of learning in Nature.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

By Richard Louv

Letting our kids run wild!

‘Bush schools’ let children explore their creativity physically and intellectually.For Troy Etherton’s dad, Scott, one small incident sums up the way we kill our children’s independence and creativity.

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

by Angela J. Hanscom

Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play!

When children test their own boundaries in thrilling play, they develop self-confidence, resilience and risk management skills.