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Professional Development

Are you a teacher, educator, or carer that would like to integrate Nature Play into your teaching practice?

The Parklands' Education team offer professional development and training to enable individuals and organisations to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes to connect children to nature in their own settings.

Our experienced educators are subject matter experts in nature education and some have received nationally and internationally recognised training in Forest Schools, Environmental Education, Science Communication or hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

We are taking our Professional Development Courses on the Road:

Our Greater Sydney Parklands educators are bringing our professional development courses to your school, early childhood centre or local green space. We are seeking expressions of interest to deliver either our full-day 5 hour NESA accredited Introduction to Outdoor Learning, Bush School and Nature Play program, or 2 hour NESA accredited Science and Geography curriculum options. 

Please contact our Education Team to discuss costs, delivery requirements and objectives. 

Training Themes

  • Risk benefit and managing risk in outdoor learning

  • Introduction to and assessing the outdoor classroom

  • Elemental play (fire, earth, water, air)

  • Enabling creativity and imagination in the outdoors

  • Introduction to nature Pedagogy

  • Planning activities and operating outside

The Parklands Education team have a series of endorsed and bespoke programs that provide training programs for individuals, small groups or organisations. Training can take place in online, onsite or at your school local teaching site.


Past and Recent Clients Include:

  • Network of Community Activities
  • Campbelltown Council Children's Services
  • Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network
  • National Parks and Wildlife Discovery team
  • Queensland Education Department
  • SDN Children's Services
  • KU Children's Services


“The ‘Bush Education Course’ at Centennial Parklands has built upon both teacher’s and children’s sense of wonder, knowledge and confidence to immerse ourselves into implementing our own ‘Connecting with Nature’ programme. Thank you Sam for sharing your depth of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm about the natural world around us”. Cheryl, Early Years Educator; Reddam House School.

Please contact our Education Team to discuss costs, delivery requirements and objectives.