WHO WE ARE

We are Vicci Oliver and Nicki Farrell - adventurous nature play makers, risk-takers, children’s rights advocates and the co-founders of Wildlings Forest School. We are rebel teachers and we put the dirt back in childhood!

Wildlings was started in 2017 out of a frustration in a lack of movement and nature, and an alarming increase in physical and mental health issues in Queensland classrooms. Wildlings aims to get more children outdoors connecting with nature, creating the village parents are yearning for and inspiring change in the education system.

During any Wildlings Forest School program, you are likely to find Wildlings up trees, sliding down mud slides, whittling with pocket knives, lighting fires and building rafts. We let kids, be kids - because children can’t learn to protect nature if they’ve never had a childhood in it.

WHAT IS FOREST SCHOOL?

Forest school is outdoor, nature-based learning that focuses on the holistic development of children. This type of learning environment helps children develop confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity through experiencing the natural world and by teaching practical, outdoor skills.

Children work outside regularly in an outdoor natural space over a long period of time. There is a strong emphasis on educators observing, learning with, and teaching students in the context of the environment.

This process of observation allows children the space and opportunity to delve into various activities and experiences guided by their imagination, rather than explicit, external direction.

Want to know more? Check out our blog or watch the SBS Dateline Documentary below about Forest Schools in Denmark.

WHERE IS WILDLINGS FOREST SCHOOL?

Our playgroup sessions are nomadic - so each week we meet at many different and beautiful locations across South East Queensland. As for our other programs we currently operate from:

  • Petrie Creek, Sunshine Coast PCYC, Youth Avenue, Nambour, QLD
  • Karingal Scouts Campsite, Karingal Rd, Mt Cotton, QLD

We would like to take this moment to acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and play.