Bush Knowing Forest School offers nature immersion and early learning experiences for young children in North Brisbane.
Led by Joanne Sørensen, Bush Knowing began as a way to engage and immerse children and their families with the local natural environment.
- being outside and engaging with nature has wide ranging benefits for children and adults of all ages
- adventurous play builds strong bodies, develops imagination, creativity, and problem solving skills. It also teaches children to assess risks and grow to understand the importance of the natural world.
Come and play with us in nature! Bush Knowing Forest School offers various nature immersion sessions to suit children from 12 months to 8 years.
Our Wednesday nature craft and tool sessions are aimed at children from three to 8 years of age.
Our Thursday bush kindy group is a weekly session for children 18 months to 6 years and their parents.
Our Friday bush playgroup is a casual session for children 12months to 6 years and their parents.
Joanne Sørensen is a Level 3 Forest School Leader and an Early Childhood Bachelor-trained Kindergarten Teacher who is currently the President of the Australian Forest School Association. Throughout her career, Jo has consulted for many services to enable them to take children outside to learn.
Come and play in nature!
“Probably the main benefit of attending bush playgroup has been carving out time in our busy week to spend time in nature together. Something that’s so easy to do bu often forgotten.”
“Our family has been inspired by your tools for learning. We’ve added several nature field guides and binoculars/magnifying glasses to our collection and they are all in frequent use.”
“What I’ve valued most is the opportunity to be calmly and presently in nature with my kids.”
Each session is a mix of exploring the creek and local bush surrounds, complimented by focused sensory and early learning experiences with quality resources. We complete our time together by packing away before grouping for music or story time.
Held at a secluded bush space between Leslie Patrick Park oval and the Kedron Brook, Everton Hills — right by the new all abilities playground. Free parking available.
It’s compulsory for parents and children to wear closed in toe shoes or gumboots. Please dress for the weather of the day. Please bring a hat, shirt with sleeves, sunscreen/insect repellent or wet weather gear. Please bring your own snacks, water and rug to enjoy the morning tea area.
Yes. There is a toilet located by the all abilities playground.
Yes. Baby wearing and prams are very welcome. Its an inclusive environment and all families and children are welcome.
Playing in nature is an all-weather experience! Sessions will continue unless it is unsafe to do so — we will contact you and update our social media pages if cancellation is necessary.
Got a question?
If you have any further questions about our program, sessions or nature site, I welcome you to contact me via email, Facebook or Instagram. Alternatively, you can complete the form below.
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