Into Nature School

Spend 'one day a week' immersed in a Kahikatea forest, located at Karamu in the Waikato.

A Perfectly Balanced Sensory Experience

Into Nature School offers a perfectly balanced sensory experience.  It inspires the mind, and it is the ideal setting for evaluating risks and accepting challenges.

"Kids are physically tired but mentally and emotionally revived after a day at
Nature School." 
Quote from a parent

Tree-mendous News for 2020!

We're so excited we want to shout this from the tallest trees!

We're opening a second day each week in 2020! We'll be open every Thursday and Friday during term time.

Spaces are limited due to our educator/student ratio which ensures your child has the care and guidance they need to fully flourish in our native bush setting.

We'd love to see your child join us in 2020!

'Finding Wild' April School Holidays

Wow! We have some very organised families!!

Transport spaces are filling up fast for our 'Finding Wild' April school holiday programme!  We have limited spaces so if you were wanting transport for your child/ren from the city out to the forest, don't delay in letting us know.

Head to the School Holiday Programme page to enrol in the holiday progamme and let us know if you need transport.

Meet the Directors/Educators

Amy

Amy

Amy Lake
Educator/Director
021 213 7629

Hillary

Hillary

Hillary Paalvast
Educator/Director
027 329 7741

We're Amy and Hillary, the Directors and Educators at Into Nature School.  We are both primary trained teachers, each with 18 years of teaching experience within the Hamilton West, Waikato area.  Through our time in the classroom we've seen a decline in children having the opportunity to learn in the outdoors.  We are committed to seeing children off devices and playing outside, exploring and creating in all weather.

We dreamed of a school in the native bush where children could run free, be inspired to create, explore and learn regardless of their academic abilities.  We dreamed of a place where children would feel included and accepted. Where they would feel respected, cared for and nurtured.  We dreamed of a concept where learning in a mixed aged group is encouraged and celebrated. Where different levels of social skills isn't a barrier to children living their best life because being immersed in nature is the greatest teacher and the ultimate healer.

Meet our Wonderful Team of Educators

Eddie

Eddie

Meet Eddie - He's been teaching primary aged children for many years (here in New Zealand and in his home country of Spain).  More importantly he's got extensive knowledge and experience of forest schooling as he once ran a forest school in Spain.  Eddie loves life! He's quick to laugh, and even quicker to break into a song, singing and playing the guitar around the firepit to entertain the children.

Wilf

Wilf

Meet Wilf - he's our BFG, the Big Friendly Giant! He has a background in law enforcement, and enjoys working alongside groups of children, putting his knowledge and experience of conflict management and problem solving to good use. He's fit like a mountain goat - he loves exploring and taking the group on hikes, gently motivating everyone to challenge themselves.

Jess

Jess

Meet Jess - She's like a human Swiss Army Knife.  She can do anything, make anything and fix anything.  She's a hard worker - training to be a primary teacher and working two jobs, all with an infectious smile and 'can do' attitude.  Our kids love learning with Jess because she's got endless energy and always up for an adventure!

Mary

Mary

Meet Mary - She's been teaching for over a hundred years.  Why? Because she loves it!  She has a youthful spring in her step, she's super fit and she loves the outdoors.  We think she's a walking botanical encyclopedia because it seems there's nothing she doesn't know about the native plants in our Kahikatea forest.  Mary loves forest schooling for the authentic real life experiences it provides children, especially as it's completely device free.

Noel

Noel

Meet Noel - he's our Health & Safety expert.  He's also our guy that gets stuff done! He's handy with the tools and always busy being creative, constructing something that makes Into Nature School just that little bit special.  No job is too big or too little for Noel - he's just happy to be making a difference to the lives of the children in a practical way.

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Our Location

Into Nature School, Smith Rd, Karamu, Te Pahu, Hamilton

 

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