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

Girls ONLY Adventure Day!

You asked for it and we're super excited to do it!
It's a ONE off day...
We're going to hold a Girls Only Adventure Day on Tuesday 27th October, 8.30am to 2.30pm.
This will be an adventure filled day that your daughter will remember for a very long time.

She'll learn to make fire using a flint and steel which she'll then use to cook her lunch over.
She'll have hours of fun exploring the streams, fishing for our resident eels and Koura.
She'll climb trees, get muddy and make new friends while growing in self confidence because she'll have spent the day challenging herself in multiple ways and feeling super successful!
Cost: $80 for the day

We are chocka block on Thursdays AND Fridays for Term 4, 2020

We're so HAPPY we could shout from the tallest trees!
We have CLOSED our Thursday and Friday rolls because we're
FULL to bursting with wonderfully brave and curious children who want to learn and explore
in the forest one day each week.
We're going to be OPENING on Wednesdays too!
Click the link below to enrol your child today.
Come JOIN us on Wednesdays 'one day a week' in Term 4, 2020.

Come join us in the forest!

Let Your Children FIND THEIR WILD these school holidays

January Summer Holiday Programme...

We have had a HUGE amount of interest ALREADY for our January holiday programme,
so we've decided to open enrolments early!

Our Sept/Oct Finding Wild holiday programme was SUPER POPULAR and we had to close enrolments on certain days
because we were full, so get in quick for your desired days to avoid missing out.

We're open for THREE weeks in the January summer holidays from
Monday 11th through to Friday 29th January, 9am to 3pm.

We offer a 100% device-free school holiday programme for primary and intermediate aged children.

We will be open for you to drop your child/ren off from 8.30am and for pick up till 3.30pm.

Meet the Directors/Educators



Amy Lake
021 213 7629



Hillary Paalvast
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



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.



Meet Trea - She's a gentle natured educator and the children adore her!  She's really sporty and loves spending time coaching and educating children, especially in the great outdoors.  You'll often find Trea sitting quietly talking with children, deep in conversation explaining something tricky or you can find her challenging them to running races or playing the guitar around the firepit.  She's our educator extraordinaire!



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!



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.



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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