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Empowering young minds through nature

We aim to instil a sense of belonging, confidence, and curiosity in every child. By treating each child like family, engaging with respect, warmth, and care, and ensuring inclusive and holistic learning experiences, Nature's Den becomes a place where children can thrive, grow, and learn in a safe and enriching environment.



“Our son started when he was 4 […] and absolutely loves his Thursdays in the forest. He has developed his resilience more than we could have at home and he has really come out of his shell socially. We had hoped Nature’s Den would be good for him, but it is so much more than that. It helps reset him during the week and gives him something to look forward to for the next. Thank you, team!”


“Both of my children attended Nature’s Den in the July school holidays at Brookby. The weather was wet and cold so I was nervous they would have a miserable time, but the opposite is true. They both had the best time and can’t wait to go back again in October. Thanks Alex & the team. Such a fantastic local resource and just the thing for adventurous young kids.”


“Nature's Den offers such a wonderful, enriching learning experience for kids through outdoor nature play. Alex and the team leading Nature's Den are super friendly and professional. The locations are perfect for the kids to learn about nature and explore. Highly recommend Nature's Den for your kids.”


“Mr. 6 had the BEST day. First thing he said to me was can he come back the next day. He said the best part was learning new ways to play with sticks. He was delighted to show me how to peel a stick with a vegetable peeler. We will definitely be enrolling him in future holiday programs. Thanks for creating such a wonderful program.”


“My son, who is neurodiverse, has had such a massive improvement since joining Nature's Den. Alex and the team are super friendly and care deeply about the wellbeing of the kids. My son is now so much happier at school and more regulated and calm overall. Highly recommend Nature's Den.”


“My two primary school aged children absolutely love attending the Nature’s Den school holiday programme. It is very well run by qualified childcare professionals and a great way for them to get outdoors, make friends, and gain new skills. Thanks Alex and team.”


“My boys attended Nature’s Den for a couple of days in the school holidays and had a great time doing a whole range of outdoor activities. Toasting marshmallows was definitely the winner though! Thanks to Alex and his team.”


“My 8-year-old daughter loved it at the Pukekohe day! She was raving about it and will be going back. Fantastic! Highly recommend!”

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