Into Nature School

"To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator...
someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path".

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

Come spend 'one day a week' immersed in our Kahikatea forest
located at Karamu in the Waikato.

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Let Your Children FIND THEIR WILD this january!

April 2024 Holiday Programme
6 days of FUN to be had in April!

Tuesday 16th - Thursday 18th April
Monday 22nd - Wednesday 24th Apirl
at Karamu, Te Pahu, Hamilton.

Book your children into our Finding Wild school holiday programme where they will
spend their days in our forest playing and exploring amongst the trees,
swimming and fishing, making new friends and cooking delicious food over the firepit.

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.

Click the button below and complete the enrolment form to secure a spot for your child/ren.

Enrolments are Now Open for Term 2, 2024

We are taking enrolments for Term 2, 2024.

We have TWO sites that Into Nature School will be operating from in 2024.

We are starting 2024 by opening 1 day a week at our Tirohanga Rd, Roto-o-Rangi site (Wednesdays) AND
1 day a week at our Karamu, Te Pahu site (Thursdays).

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

If you would like to enrol into our termly programme for 2024 please complete
the enrolment form by clicking the button below.

We've Opened A Second Site...on Tirohanga Rd, Roto-o-Rangi near Cambridge


2022 was exciting because we opened a second Nature School here in the Waikato!

If you live in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Otorohanga or anywhere in-between you may be interested in joining us at
Tirohanga Rd, Roto-o-Rangi 'one day a week' during term time in 2024.

Our fantastic staff from our Karamu site will also be educating the children at our new site - just like the children, they'll also be working 'one day a week' (Wednesdays) near Cambridge.

If you'd like to enrol your child/ren please click the link below to complete the enrolment form.

Meet our Wonderful Team of Educators



Meet Adelle - She's passionate about outdoor nature-based learning so she is absolutely loving her roll as the lead educator at our Roto-o-Rangi site this year.  Adelle divides her time between classroom teaching in a local rural primary school, mothering her two beautiful children (who also attend Nature School with her) and facilitating a fantastic termly programme for the children at Nature School.



Meet Jess - She's the equivalent to our very own swiss army knife!  There's nothing she can't do!  She's an amazing force of nature who loves spending time in the forest, nurturing the curious minds of our learners.  You'll find Jess at both our sites - Roto-o-Rangi and Karamu, where she is leading an action packed outdoor programme.  She's in her happy place.  



Meet Leon - He's just finished his Teaching Degree at Waikato University and we are so happy he wants to teach in our outdoor classroom.  Leon has an amazing zest for life!  The children love being around him as his personality is infectious.  He sees the forest in the same way the children do - with a sense of awe and wonder.  Leon is fantastic at explaining and demonstrating how to make something and how to solve problems - which comes in very handy in the forest as no two days are ever the same.



Meet Sophie - she's our teenage extraordinaire!  Sophie was one of the first children to enrol into our termly programme at Nature School when we first opened years ago.  Sophie loved her days in the forest so much that she now works for us during both our termly and holiday programmes.  Sophie is a wonderful support to Jess, helping out where-ever she's needed.  She has a beautiful gentle nature and the children love learning from her.

Meet the Directors/Educators



Amy Robertson



Hillary Inder

We're Amy and Hillary, the Directors and Educators at Into Nature School.  We are both primary trained teachers, each with 22 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.

Our Location at Karamu

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

Our Location at Roto-o-Rangi

Into Nature School, Tirohanga Rd, Roto-o-Rangi, Cambridge


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