Our Team

We want more for our children and the next generation of thinkers, innovators and problem-solvers. We want to get our children back outdoors in nature, taking risks and being given the trust and freedom they deserve. We are child rights advocates, nature play, free play, risky play and adventure play advocates and protectors of childhood.


Nicki Farrell

Founder & Director

  • Bachelor of Education - English & HPE (Middle and Secondary School)
  • Diploma in Outdoor Recreation
  • Cert 4 in Environmental Tourism
  • Cert 4 in Training and Assessing
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • Intro to Forest Schooling
  • First Aid in an Education Setting, CPR, Anaphylaxis, Asthma

Raised on a farm in remote South Australia, Nicki's favourite childhood memories are of family camping trips, climbing trees, hiding amongst wool bales and running around field bins. An idyllic and very free-range early childhood led to wonderful school years in a very small, very invested country school where she played Netball with her English teacher and went camping with her Keyboard skills teacher.

Accidentally stumbling across the respectful/attachment parenting philosophy shortly after having her first child, enabled Nicki to begin to trust her childrens' innate curiosity and insatiable appetite to learn through play, which in turn led the family down the rabbit hole of alternative education options. Nicki and Vicci met surreptitiously shortly after and the rest, as they say, is history!


Vicci Oliver

Founder & Director

  • Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology and Ecotourism)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Middle and Secondary School)
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • Intro to Forest School
  • First Aid in an Education Setting, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma

The ocean has always been home for Vicci. Living in South East Queensland has been the perfect backdrop for a life of adventure chasing dolphins and whales on a mission to spread the love for the natural world.

After spending a few years educating students in traditional schools, Vicci's world was soon opened to alternative models of learning after the birth of her first daughter. Surrounded by a village of like-minded families, the idea of our learning community was born. This passion for nature and play have led Vicci and Nicki to act upon their shared desire to seek change in the way our children learn.


Nicki and Vicci organise and run nature playgroups, Forest/Bush Kindy programs (their own and for other services) and holiday workshops across the Sunshine Coast and professional development workshops, festival workshops and guest speaking gigs throughout Australia. Head to our programs and services page for more information.