OUR AIM

Wildlings Forest School aims to get more children outdoors reaping the social, emotional and physical benefits of being in nature.

We are fierce nature play, adventure play and children's rights advocates. We advocate for children to feel free to choose, free to learn and free to play.

Our focus is to develop the whole child and to help build in them a sense of place, belonging and guardianship of our natural spaces. We aim to work with our children, their families and our local community to create memories and skills that will last a lifetime and a sense of environmental stewardship that will ensure that our natural wonders will still be here for the next generation to enjoy.

Term 1 - Weekly Programs

Little Wildlings Playgroup

0-6 YEARS
Inspire a love of nature in your child with our weekly nomadic playgroups set in some of the Sunshine Coast' and Brisbane's most magical wild spaces.

 

FOREST ADVENTURERS (KINDY)

0-6 YEARS
An adventure program aimed at kindy aged children where families come together to play, explore, take risks, light fires, use hand tools and immerse themselves in nature. Burnside, Sunshine Coast & Wellington Point, Brisbane.

Holiday Programs

Are you looking for something a little different for your child these holidays? Don't want your child stuck indoors or in front of a screen? Want your child to get some Vitamin N at our beautiful, shady and cool creek? Then come and join us in the wild these holidays!

We will be running programs these holidays. Some of our workshops include:

  • Primitive weapons
  • Boat and Raft Building
  • Cubby Town
  • Bow and arrow workshop
  • Crystals & Flower Crowns
  • Fire and Bush Cooking

EXCURSIONS

Did you know we offer excursions and term long programs for early childhood centres, primary schools, secondary schools and vacation care providers at both our Petrie Creek Forest School site and Pt Cartwright Beach School site? With the push for schools to embed indigenous culture and sustainability into their programs, why not let us tick those boxes for you in an engaging way that kids will love?

Let us do all the dirty work (literally!) and teach your children how to:

  • Light fires with flints and cook on the fire
  • Whittle with pen knives
  • Use bow-saws to build cubbies and shelters
  • Use hand tools to make projects out of natural resources
  • Teach students about local flora and fauna, sustainability and local indigenous history.

What is Forest School?

Forest school is essentially outdoor, nature-based learning that focuses on the holistic development of the child (Worroll 2016).

Forest schools help students develop confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity through experiencing the natural world and by teaching practical, outdoor skills. Students work outside regularly in an outdoor natural space over a long period of time (preferably at least a year).

The ethos has grown in popularity in Australia over the past decade in parallel to growing concerns over “cotton wool kids” overly protected from risks and rarely exposed to nature...

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WHAT TO BRING

No matter the session, whether it be Playgroup or a High School Excursion, we recommend children bring the following:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Closed in shoes (we recommend aqua shoes, gumboots or canvas shoes they're happy to get wet and muddy). No thongs please!
  • Long lightweight pants to minimise the risk of bites and scratches
  • Insect repellant
  • Swimmers, rashie, towel
  • Wet gear - rain jacket, pants and gumboots
  • Spare change (or two) of clothes

Testimonials

"My daughter loves Wildlings (and so do I) she comes home dirty, exhausted and full of wild stories of amazing adventures which is just what I want for her every day! Wildlings holiday workshops fill our holidays with memories and fun and we can’t wait for the next one!!" Meghan

"Heading to Wildlings playgroup and forest kindy with my two young boys are the highlights of our week. We treasure the people, songs, stories, games and the beautiful locations. Keep up the amazing work ladies and we look forward to joining you for many more adventures to come." Sally 

"Our two boys plus a friend had an amazing time at the raft building workshop today! As a parent I loved that there weren’t too many rules, that they had to think and create for themselves and that there was lots of support, encouragement and guidance from Ash and Clint! We will be back, I even got a couple of hours work done in between watching!" Allanah

"My boys had the time of their lives at Wildlings. It’s a fabulous location, the staff are great and my kids learnt so much. They would happily spend all day everyday there." Charlotte

"My children and I joined Wildlings Forest Kindy because I wanted to find a community that supports the same values as my family and appreciates nature. Since day one both of my children were accepted and treated with respect  and kindness. Nicki and Vicci create an amazing and friendly atmosphere and have found the perfect wild space where children are free to play, explore, be themselves, build wonderful friendships, soak up nature and learn in the most authentic way. Their commitment and dedication astound me. They carefully prepare and plan exciting activities for kids to do in nature I would never have the time or imagination to do. They always use real tools and encourage children to take risks. I can't thank them enough for providing us with this priceless opportunity to spend time outdoors and watch our children bloom in the most perfect natural environment." Anastasia 

"Just thought you might like to know the influence your forest school is having on our family... Yesterday our boys both lit their own fires, built them up and transferred them into a fire pit, then they made their own damper mix and cooked the damper all by themselves. Then we cooked sausages on the fire and potatoes in the coals for dinner. They learn so much from you guys!" Kate 

"My son and his friend had the most wonderful morning building a raft at Wildings Forest school at Nambour. Picked them up covered in mud having had a great time. Just how boys and girls should be. My son also attended the primitive weapons workshop that he also enjoyed. It is a great day out when on Sunshine Coast for holidays. Mum and Dad checked out groovy coffee shops (Husk and Honey), retro shops and hung out in the air con Nambour library and checked out the Vintage surfboard collection at the Boarding office while kids were at the program Win-win!" Shelley

"My daughter found a massive earth worm at home this morning and built it a house, the way she 'learnt at Forest Kindy' yesterday. Love what you gals are teaching them!"  Natasha 

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS

Wildlings Forest School would like to acknowledge the traditional owners and caretakers of the land, the Gubbi Gubbi people and pay our respects to elders past and present.