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

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We are taking enrolments for Term 3, 2021

We're so HAPPY we could shout from the tallest trees!
We're open on Tuesdays too!
Click the link below to enrol your child today.
Come JOIN us on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 'one day a week' in Term 3, 2021.

Come join us in the forest!

Let Your Children FIND THEIR WILD these July school holidays

July Holiday Programme...

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

We're open for TWO weeks in the July holidays from

Monday 12th through to Friday 23rd July, 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 our Wonderful Team of Educators

Trea

Trea

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!

Patrick

Patrick

Meet Patrick - He is crazy passionate about rugby but he's also super keen on all sports so his work with Kelly Sports supported his sport craze just nicely...which also comes in very handy at Into Nature School with our energetic bunch of children.   Our children love learning with Patrick - they are often seen dragging him off to show him something interesting that they've found and he's 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.

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.

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 20 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

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

 

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