We help Brisbane families get back to nature through child-led play and exploration sessions
Who We Are
Bush Knowing was developed to give children and their families the opportunity to engage with nature. Playing outdoors naturally offers positive benefits to your child’s development including self-confidence, problem solving, skill development, resilience, and so much more.
Joanne Sørensen’s childhood was full of outdoor adventures and travel. It’s this innate love for nature and its important role in our everyday lives that continues to inspire Joanne’s career and personal focus. Joanne is a bachelor-degree qualified kindergarten teacher and Level 3 Forest School Leader.
- 20+ years as a local Kindergarten Teacher
- Associate Diploma of Education
- Bachelor of Education
- Registered Teacher
- Positive Exemption
- First Aid Certificate
- Triple vaccinated
What We Do
We offer nature play experiences for young children and their families in North Brisbane. Situated by the tranquil Kedron Brook in Everton Hills, our sessions at Bush Knowing Forest School inspire children to be curious, creative and connected future stewards of this precious earth.
We believe children learn best through play. Our sessions encourage children to:
- lead their play,
- move and groove – strengthening small and big muscles,
- self-assess beneficial adventurous play,
- develop imaginative and creative skills,
- engage all the senses,
- learn about seasonal changes in the local flora and fauna,
- learn how to use real tools
- be involved in some facilitated literacy and language stories and songs,
- learn about and understand the importance of the natural world.
We partner with leading nature play providers
We’re proud to work with some of Queensland’s leading nature educators:
In 2019, we welcomed the ABC to share our budding community of families:
“Bush Knowing runs a grounding opportunity for tired parents and busy children to get back in touch with nature, with each other and with themselves. Jo gives space for children to explore and attempt, nurtures us through reading stories and scaffolds our adventures with her guidance. Thoughtfully prepared and thoroughly fun we always enjoy our sessions!”
“My son has been going to Bush Knowing for the last couple of years and it is the highlight of his week. Jo has such a wealth of knowledge and scaffolds the children’s understanding of our natural world through engaging and thought provoking play set ups. The children are immersed in nature, where they are free to explore, take risks and further develop skills in problem solving, independence, confidence and resilience. Through Bush Knowing, my son uses nature to extend his imaginative play and has really grown to care deeply about the environment.”
COLLEEN, FAMILY DAYCARE EDUCATOR
“Jo offers a program that encourages the children’s learning; offering unique experiences to play and grow in the natural environment. The children I care for have developed a deep love for nature and they have grown in creativity, independence, and resilience. Thursday Bush Kindy is their favourite part of the week … mine too!”