Nature at Play: Study Tour ‘Nature Pedagogy in Action’

13th March, 2019 @ 8:00 am


13/03/2019 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


‘The outdoor play and learning environment needs to be an environment where inspiration and creativity can take root, where curiosity and spontaneity can be realised, and where risk and failure can be experienced. (Nature Play SA).


Join the Nature Play SA team on a Nature Pedagogy in Action Study Tour.


Host sites

Prince Alfred College, The Hills Christian Community School, Trinity Gardens Primary School and Redeemer Lutheran School.

The tour will depart from AISSA (128 Greenhill Road Unley).  Participants are to meet at 8.00am for an 8.15am bus departure.  The tour will arrive back at AISSA at 4.30pm.


Target Group

Early Childhood and Foundation Leaders, teachers and educators



We are delighted to announce this Nature Pedagogy in Action Study Tour offers a day of professional learning delivered through an engaging narrative of school site visits. These visits will provide opportunities for highly professional learning in unique and engaging outdoor play-based learning environments.

Participants will gain inspiration and ideas to further develop their own nature play and outdoor learning environments. Q & A sessions will offer educators a forum to explore an element of each site’s programming, planning and logistical considerations for nature play based early learning. These shared stories will include a pilot project, ‘going beyond’, early planning for establishing a nature play area and what ‘nature play every day’ looks like in action.

This day will focus on professional conversations relating to;

  • The logistics of setting and up and maintaining outdoor learning environments and an ‘outdoor classroom’
  • The environment as an intentional teacher
  • Bringing STEM, Maths and Literacy to life
  • Insights into indoor and outdoor learning spaces for continuity of learning
  • Working with essential elements of outdoor learning environments to support children connect with nature
  • Understanding the importance of outdoor play for children’s physical & emotional wellbeing
  • Discovering ways to develop an off-site nature play program and exploring opportunities to connect learning on-site with learning ‘beyond the gate’
  • Understanding the capacity for pedagogy and place to guide learning.


Scope of Session – Participants will engage in professional dialogue, develop understandings about nature pedagogy and gain practical tools to explore learning in natural environments. Indigenous cultures and histories, transitions, STEM, Literacy and Numeracy will be the lenses through which these investigations will lead us to think, question, challenge and take risks as we deepen the pedagogical basis of our planning and documenting of children’s learning.

Participants will:

  • Visit a range of schools and early learning centres with diverse nature play areas and outdoor learning environments
  • Learn how sites have developed and managed their nature based and ‘off site’ programs including the challenges, surprises, benefits and learnings
  • Undertake a Q & A session with service directors, leaders and educators about their program offerings and journeys, including tips for overcoming barriers
  • Network with like-minded educators and develop a personalised action plan for your service
  • Use various digital technologies to share learning and create a resource to take back and share with your colleagues and networks
  • Explore ways that a specialist STEM program integrates natural environments and an outdoor classroom
  • Learn about campfire safety, loose parts play and establishing Indigenous gardens


Registration for this event will incur a fee of $250.00 (GST inclusive) per participant.  This fee is invoiced after the event and is payable even if you do not attend on the day as the AISSA will still incur costs.  If notice of cancellation is received before 06/03/2019 the fee will be waived.

Parking is available in nearby streets. Please refer to AISSA 128 Greenhill Road Parking Map

For all registration enquiries please contact Sandy Cross


This event is fully booked.