Educated by Nature

Educated by Nature is a small team of passionate Nature Educators: they are teachers, mentors and playworkers who assist children, parents and teachers develop connections and learn within nature.

The team is led by Daniel Burton and Trudi Bennett, qualified teachers and Nature Connection Mentors specialising in outdoor classrooms. Their knowledge base has formed over many years through additional professional development, study tours and participation and presentation at various conferences within Australia and internationally. Emphasis is placed on engagement with current research, networks and mentoring relationships.

At Educated by Nature, staff participate fully in play by modelling sensory risk taking, wondering, adventuring, building and encouraging nature awareness. Programs combine freedom for children to live by their instinctive behaviour, with empathy and understanding for nature and each other. They believe this combination assists children to grow resilience through nature connection. 

Through their programs, Educated by Nature aims to increase the mental, emotional and physical health of children and in doing so, foster stewardship and a deep love for the natural environment. 

Daniel Burton

Co-Director
Education Consultant & Nature Educator
Nature Connection Mentor

Daniel is a qualified primary school teacher, education consultant and passionate nature connection mentor. He considers himself an advocate for connecting children with the natural world, following children’s inbuilt sense of wonder and curiosity as the vehicle to inspire the process of inquiry based learning. Having worked at Bold Park Community School for 10 years he has had experience developing, managing and coordinating outdoor classrooms and Wild Spaces with various age groups. He is passionate about empowering children and providing authentic opportunities for them to grow mentally, physically, socially and emotionally.


Daniel has had the privilege of participating in conferences focused on nature-based education and 21st century teaching philosophies both locally and internationally. Most recently, Daniel participated in a self-directed, five week, study tour of the United States of America, visiting some of the world leaders in Nature Based education, Connection Mentoring and play based experiences. In 2016, he presented a workshop at the Inaugural Nature Play WA – Children & Nature Conference and was a keynote speaker alongside Maggie Dent at the Bringing Nature back to Play Conference. Daniel is the co-director of Educated by Nature which aims to provide Western Australian children, families and teachers opportunities to learn within nature.

Trudi Bennett

Co-Director
Education Consultant & Nature Educator
Nature Connection Mentor

Trudi grew up finding both solace and adventure in her backyard and local bushland. She studied both Sustainable Development and Education and has worked with a variety of organisations in education, science communication, community development and the arts. Trudi was a foundational primary school and kitchen garden teacher at Bold Park Community School in Western Australia. Throughout her 13 years working with Bold Park Community School and Remida Creative Reuse Centre, she implemented programs inspired by Reggio Emilia, the Forest School movement and internationally-renowned research. Trudi is skilled at observing and listening to children to identify their needs and establishing long-term, project-based learning in outdoor classrooms. Trudi is now co-director of Educated by Nature with a mission to inspire and assist both adults and children to discover deep nature connection routines which supports healthy inner-wellbeing and community. 

 

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