Our Programme

Nature School Dunedin is a one-day programme based at Doctors point and other sites around Dunedin. Our programme runs for 3 days each week during term time. Our shuttle will collect your child and return them at approx 3pm at the end of the school day. Our low adult to child ratio 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.