Conscious Kids Professional Development

Teaching and learning through play in the outdoor classroom

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi /
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work

Introduction to Nature Play / Forest Schooling

Do you believe it's crucial for children's health and well being to spend time outdoors connecting with the natural world?  
This 2 hr workshop is perfect for parents/whānau and teachers looking to increase their understanding of nature play/forest schooling philosophy and get some practical tips for taking kids outdoors. We'll cover philosophy and research underpinning nature play, barriers to getting kids outdoors (and how we can overcome them), and practical ideas for staying sane and safe in the outdoors, whether you are responsible for your own children or a large school group.


       Price: $75 per person + GST, minimum numbers apply 

Primary and Intermediate

Are you ready to deepen your understanding of teaching and learning in the outdoor classroom?  
Join us for a series of 3 full-day workshops designed to equip you with the theory and practice you need for successful play-based learning in the outdoor classroom.  Prepare to challenge yourself both in your outdoor skills and your teaching practices, and expect to form strong connections with a group of like-minded educators.  All participants have the option to visit our One Day Programme and join our private online discussion group.  Suitable for both parents/whānau and teachers educating children in the outdoors.  Book in as an individual or request a personalized programme for your school or group.  

DAY 1 / The Outdoor Classroom: Introduction
Discover the research underpinning nature play in the primary and intermediate environment, and extend this into a local Aotearoa context, with emphasis on links to the NZ Curriculum and Te Ao Māori. We will introduce research and best practice around risk management, as well as coverage of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and EOTC Guidelines.  

DAY 2 / The Outdoor Classroom: Skills

Extend your learning from the Introduction workshop with an in-depth look at skills that can be nurtured in the outdoor classroom. We cover fire, tool use, knots, shelter building, ecology exploration, and artistic creations using natural materials, as well as considering the role of the adult in supporting these experiences. This is a hands-on practical workshop and we’ll be outside rain or shine, so dress to the conditions!

DAY 3 / The Outdoor Classroom: Space to learn

Whether you are heading off-site to the local reserve or beach or utilising the natural spaces on your school grounds, this workshop will cover the nitty-gritty of health and safety, risk assessment, and best practice for managing groups outdoors, with a particular focus on risky play and challenging behaviour.

  • $220 per person, per workshop plus GST

  • Ask about discounts for hosting, multiple bookings, or fundraising events

What participants are saying about THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM:

"Honestly, I loved ALL of it.  Your enthusiasm, passion, knowledge and energy was felt throughout the workshop. WOW!!!! This course has given me the tools, knowledge and ideas to strengthen nature-based learning in my school. I have learnt new skills by taking risks and challenges in my own play… Thank you, CK whānau for an experience to remember!!" 

"What a powerful experience it is to learn something through our own play, even as a fully grown adult! Shared discussions with others on the journey, and those passionate educators facilitating nature play in their own settings helped to make setting goals for my own approach realistic.  I can’t wait for the next step!"

Specialist In-School Support


We are so inspired by the enthusiasm with which many schools are embracing nature-based learning!  We see the most meaningful and lasting changes when we partner with schools on an ongoing basis to support their journey.  This may include personalised PD for teacher only days, after school staff workshops, in-school coaching, parent education evenings, and/or development of personalised site risk assessments.

Contact us to schedule your free 30-minute consultation! ​

Full day PD: $1500, Half day: $750, After School: 1.5 hr $400
Parent Education Evening: $400
In-school coaching: $900/day for 3 teachers/classrooms
(Includes 30 min observation, 30 min debrief/goal-setting meeting, and written feedback)

Site Assessments: $180/hr, minimum charge 2 hours

Remote consulting/coaching via phone or video: $150/hr
[ GST applies for all prices above ] 

Professional Study Tour 

Wishing you could see nature/forest schooling in action?
Come and tour our Conscious Kids One Day Programme! This two-hour, highly interactive tour includes the chance to observe children engaging with the outdoor environment and ask unlimited questions of an experienced Nature Educator.  Tours take place entirely outdoors in all weather, so dress to the conditions! ​

Price: $99 per person + GST, minimum numbers apply

Our PD for Primary and Intermediate is developed by Ann Langis, MEd.  

Ann has over 20 years’ experience working with children from early childhood through to college and holds a master's degree in Education from Harvard University. She is the co-founder of Conscious Kids Devonport and Director of Learning and Development for Conscious Kids Limited, which offers 100% nature-based free play programmes for children aged 5 - 12 years old, as well as other environmental education programmes such as Tinkering School and Junky Monkeys large loose parts. Over 12 years of involvement in Playcentre, Ann has delivered a wide range of adult training experiences, for small groups through to national meetings in the hundreds. She is also a presenter and professional learning coach for Longworth Education, offering workshops and mentoring for teachers in the area of play-based learning. 

Feedback from past participants:

“Ann is a wonderful facilitator.  She is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her subject matter.  

Ann makes the content very accessible with lots of practical examples.”

“Ann engaged really well with everyone, shared her knowledge and love of nature play, and got everyone interacting.

Don’t change a thing!”

“Thanks for keeping us engaged, laughing, and inspired!  Loved all the new ideas.”  

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments:

Early Childhood Education

Kotahi te kākano, he nui ngā hua o te rākau/

A tree comes from one seed but bears many fruits.

Get outside! - A guide to Nature and Forest Programmes in Aotearoa

Early Childhood Educators have a wonderful opportunity to bring the benefits of nature play to their children. This comprehensive professional training programme offered in collaboration with Play and Learn - Nature Kindergartens covers everything you need to embark on a nature play journey. You may attend as an individual, book in a group from your centre, or we can offer the course as a private, individualised professional development for your centre (price negotiable).

Get Outside: Introduction

Discover the research underpinning nature play in the ECE environment, and extend this into a local Aotearoa context, with emphasis on links to Te Whāriki, Te Ao Māori, as well as foundation skills for school readiness. We will cover research and best practice around risk management, as well as the nitty-gritty of Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and EOTC Guidelines.  This course is a prerequisite for our other Get Outside courses. 

  • Introduction to taking children into the outdoors

  • Purpose and philosophy, rationale and benefits

  • Ministry regulations and implications 

  • Managing risks and safety in the outdoors

  • Day to day planning – the curriculum in nature

Dates for Term 4 Workshops to be confirmed.

Get Outside: Skills

Get ready to be outside all day, acquire new skills and go deep in assessing the benefits of risk in the outdoors. Extend your learning from the Introduction workshop with an in-depth look at skills that can be nurtured in the outdoor classroom. Learn how to use tools with children and how you can incorporate risk-benefit assessment into your daily routines. 


  • Practical nature-based session 

  • Day to day planning – what a day ‘could’ look like

  • Practical skills – knots, shelter building, tools, fire making, art with natural materials

  • Managing risks and benefits

Dates for Term 4 Workshops to be confirmed.

  • $220 per person, per workshop plus GST

  • early bird discount to $199 ( plus GST ) if booked with 3 weeks before.

  • POA for individualised programmes

  • Ask about discounts for hosting or multiple bookings

Our PD for Early Childhood Educators is developed by Jan Beatson.

Jan has thirty plus years of experience of working in early education, including Playcentre, crèche, family daycare, kindergarten and early childhood centres. She owns and operates early childhood centres (Play and Learn) in Auckland and Dunedin. She is currently studying towards her Master of Education at AUT University. Play and Learn are a group of mixed age Early Childhood Centres, initially based in South Auckland, that has been offering “Out and About” programmes for the past 18 years. All children, including infants and toddlers, participate regularly in “out of centre” experiences. Over the past six years, the focus has been specifically on nature-based programmes, (including Nature Kindergarten), where children regularly spend significant time in nature and the outdoors.

"My own childhood included roaming in outdoor spaces, observing, learning and playing in nature. I have a passion, and a strong belief in the power nature has on children’s mental, physical and intellectual development. I am committed to ensuring that all children in Aōteoroa/New Zealand have the start in life that will best provide them with the skills necessary for life in the 21st century."


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