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Nature's Den was born in 2020 with a singular and profound mission – to create a positive and impactful influence on the lives of children, crafting something extraordinary that contributes to shaping the future of today's youth.

In a world where the pace of life can be relentless, often leaving us in a continuous state of busyness, both for ourselves and our children, it becomes essential to pause, step back, and marvel at the beauty that surrounds us.

Nature's Den takes pride in being a catalyst for positive change in New Zealand's education system, fostering a deeper connection with nature and instilling values that resonate with the essence of a well-rounded education.

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‘’Empowering young minds through nature’’

At Nature's Den, we recognise and celebrate the uniqueness inherent in every child. Understanding that the traditional classroom setting with four walls may not be the ideal environment for every learner, we are dedicated to offering diverse learning experiences that enable children to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature.


Our primary goal is to provide expansive, open spaces where children can freely explore, learn, and develop into capable and confident individuals. Through child-led learning experiences, supervised risk-taking, and opportunities to cultivate leadership skills, we aim to create an environment where children can:

  • Learn to be kaitiaki (guardians) of the natural world.

  • Acquire essential life skills through experiential learning.

  • Develop strong social skills through interaction and collaboration.

  • Gain confidence by overcoming challenges in a supportive setting.

  • Enhance their holistic well-being by fostering physical, emotional, and mental growth.

  • Explore and understand life cycles, connecting with the rhythms of nature.

  • Cultivate a profound appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world.


Built on four foundational principles, our philosophy revolves around prioritising children in every decision, offering safe and serene spaces for self-driven learning, promoting authentic and natural experiences, and fostering strong relationships.

At Nature's Den, we understand the significance of knowledgeable and nurturing facilitators in creating a meaningful learning environment. Each of our programmes is led by a carefully selected and qualified teacher with extensive experience in both education and outdoor settings.


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.

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