Engaging Outdoor Learning Workshop 3 - Connecting to Student-Directed Investigations

Student engagement and passion for learning is enhanced when we take learning outside and provide opportunities for Nature Pedagogy. When students have an opportunity to learn outdoors they start to experience their learning. Workshop 3 in the Engaging Outdoor Learning suite provides educators an opportunity to explore authentic, project-based learning in an Outdoor Classroom Context. With hands-on examples and planning tools, this workshop explores the ways students (from kindy to year 6) can work together to design learning experiences and research projects for themselves in the outdoors.

At the end of this full day workshop participants will have had an opportunity to:

  • Share stories and anecdotes of current student designed and directed outdoor learning projects.
  • Identify potential projects within their current setting for integration in an outdoor classroom learning thread.
  • Explore examples of tools that can be used to plan and document student initiated learning within outdoor classrooms
  • Engage with hands-on examples of curriculum programming based on student observation and play.
  • Develop strategies for encouraging student accountability and independence.
  • Develop confidence in seeing opportunities within current teaching opportunities for outdoor learning within their own classroom.
  • Connect with like-minded educators engaging with a process of developing outdoor learning opportunities in their school.

Engaging Outdoor Learning Workshops


Date: 2018 DATES TBC

Time: 9.00am – 3.30pm

Cost: $185 per person (includes catering and 60 page glossy educator resource)

Workshop 1 + 2 Package - $314.50 (that's a discount of 15% and a saving of $55.50)

Workshop 1 + 2 + 3 Package - $444 (that's a discount of 20% and a saving of $111)

Workshop 2 + 3 Package - $314.50 (that's a discount of 15% and a saving of $55.50)

Where: Nature Strip – Crawley (adjacent to Nature Play WA office, see map further below)

Size: 30 Participants (max) with 2 facilitators

Inclusions: Morning tea, lunch and glossy 60 page educator resource

What to bring: Participants are required to come prepared with copies of their current school and/or class planning templates and a preferred daily work pad format that they currently use in their classroom.


 Please see our cancellation policy and photo consent disclaimer.

What to wear

In true outdoor classroom style, the entire day will be spent outside in the natural environment. You will need to come dressed prepared to be outdoors – remember warm clothes (layers work well), hats and sunscreen, comfortable shoes like sneakers and clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. The day will include exploring outdoors places and using natural loose parts to build and imagine your very own outdoor classrooms.

About your facilitators

Nature Play WA Education Consultants

Nature Play WA contracts the services of Educated by Nature to provide educational consultation and professional learning services. In 2014, Daniel Burton and Trudi Bennett established the social enterprise, Educated by Nature, drawing on their experience teaching in outdoor settings. Their mission is to provide opportunities for families and schools to spend time in nature, developing connections with the environment, each other and themselves. This connection is important for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and they believe that this connection is what builds resilience.

Trudi Bennett

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 science communication, community development and the arts. Recently Trudi has been a primary school and kitchen garden teacher at Bold Park Community School in Western Australia. It was here she practiced observing and listening to children to identify their needs and established project-based learning opportunities. While there she also began utilising natural resources and spaces for environmental art and social connection. As a result, Trudi became increasingly passionate about teaching children in the outdoors. She continues to explore and observe how the building of cubby villages provides a way for children to grow independence and a sense of ownership, while working together as a community. Her interests, training and experience have set a firm foundation for her role at Educated by Nature.

Daniel Burton

Daniel is a qualified primary school teacher 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. Daniel has had the privilege of participating in conferences focused on nature-based education and 21st century teaching philosophies both locally and internationally. Currently, Daniel is the co-director of Educated by Nature which aims to provide Western Australian children, families and teachers opportunities to learn within nature.

Gillian Howarth

Gill began her educational career in South Korea in 2002, when she worked both as an English Editor and English Teacher within an independent Korean language school. Initially Gill worked across all age groups but over time she discovered her passion for education lay within the early childhood years. She accepted a position within the school running the 3 – 8 year old program. After returning to Australia, Gill developed her early childhood experience at Wesley College and Como Children before joining the Early Childhood Team at Bold Park Community School at the beginning of 2014. Gill is particularly passionate about the use of storytelling and mindfulness within education and spends much of her spare time exploring these areas. 


Nature Play WA
Cygnet Hall
Cnr Mounts Bay Rd and Hackett Drive
Crawley 6009

Paid parking available within UWA grounds, and some parking available in the car park directly off Hackett Drive (opposite UWA).


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