Our Staff

Daniel Burton and Trudi Bennett lead the team. They are Nature Connection Mentors and qualified teachers specialising in outdoor classrooms. Trudi and Daniel's 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. We believe this combination assists children to grow resilience through nature connection. See our Principles for Learning within Nature and Art of Mentoring pages for more information.

Trudi and Daniel are Education Consultants to Nature Play WA, providing professional learning services and consultation to educators. They have also partnered with Boshack Outback to further develop and deliver all programs and activities offered to schools.

Interested in joining the Educated by Nature team? Check out this link  to view our current employment opportunities here.

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.

Qualifications and Training

  • Bachelor of Science (Population, Resources and Technology), Murdoch University

  • Diploma of Education (Primary), Murdoch University

  • Nature Pedagogy Course, Federation University Australia

  • Art of Mentoring, 8 Shields Institute, California

  • School Teachers Aquatic Rescue, Royal Lifesaving WA

  • Senior First Aid

  • Working with Children Check

Find out more about Trudi’s professional experience and connect with her on LinkedIn.

Trudi Bennett - Educated by Nature Co-Director

Daniel Burton

Co-Director, Education Consultant & Nature Educator, Nature Connection Mentor

Daniel is a qualified primary school teacher, an 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 and presenting at conferences focused on nature-based education and 21st century teaching philosophies, both locally and internationally.

Qualifications and Training

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary), Murdoch University

  • Art of Mentoring, 8 Shields Institute, California

  • Accredited Bluearth Teacher, Bluearth Foundation

  • Rock and Water Training, Gaduka Institute, Netherlands

  • Ukulele in the Classroom Training - Level 1, James Hill Institute

  • James Hill Ukulele Intensive Training, Destination Arts, Oaxaca Mexico

  • Primary Connections Facilitator (Science), Australian Academy of Science/AISWA

  • Occupational Health & Safety Representative Course, Edith Cowan University

  • Senior First Aid

  • Working with Children Check

Find out more about Daniel’s professional experience and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Daniel Burton - Educated by Nature Co-Director

Staff

Educated by Nature is made up of a team of passionate, dedicated and energy-filled individuals with vast backgrounds and wonderfully rich experiences to support families and educators of Western Australia. Teachers, Psychologists, Wildlife Carers, Ecologists and Parents are just some of the qualifications of the adults working in the programs we offer.

Andrew Haskell Salazar

Nature Educator – KIN Village Senior & Bush Inventors' Club

On meeting Andrew, people are somewhat puzzled... He has an accent, where is he from? Llamas, whiskey and steel pans (of the musical variety) are of few clues for you. On a more serious sort-of note, Andrew is inspired by the possibilities of creating a global network of nature-connected communities.  His eyes and heart are on WA. Often found instigating ambushes of the playful kind, facilitating grounding meditations, asking generative questions and trying to rap, Andrew skilfully weaves his educational qualifications, Deep Ecology leadership experiences and life-long passions for nature to create powerful opportunities to connect to self, each other and Earth.

Andrew Haskell Salazar - Educated by Nature

Amber Camp

Nature Playworker – Mud Pies Open Days, KIN Village, Bush Inventors' Club & Camps

Amber is currently studying Environmental Biology and Veterinary Nursing. As well as her studies and work with Educated by Nature, Amber volunteers her time in two areas in which she has a deep affinity - environment and youth. As a registered wildlife rehabilitator, she cares for orphaned, sick and injured wildlife. Amber also mentors indigenous young people in Perth and remote communities. 

She values the opportunity to learn from the children with whom she works, and to also share her knowledge and love of nature with others. And, yes, Amber loves CAMPing!

Amber Camp - Educated by Nature

Jessica Taylor

Nature Playworker – Mud Pies Nature Playgroup & Mud Pies Open Days

Jessica completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Children and Family Studies and has worked with children, on an off, for more than 10 years. She is passionate about building resilience in children and seeking out opportunities through nature to facilitate this. 

Jessica is a mother to two children and enjoys singing, music, yoga, gardening and going on adventures with her family. She often writes songs to share with friends, family and the Educated by Nature community.

Jessica Taylor - Educated by Nature

Nadia Carruthers

Nature Playworker – KIN Village, Incursions & Roving Programs

Nadia often jokes that she is the least 'nature-y' of the team - admitting that it doesn't come naturally for her to get messy and dirty (or to allow her kids to) and is often freaked out by bugs and reptiles. As a single mum to two boys and has found that spending time with her children outdoors allows her to connect with each in a unique way. She believes that nature provides spaces where we can learn about others and ourselves and that nature speaks to us in our own language and provides the things we don't know we need - for some, that will be sunshine, for others adventure, challenge or quiet moments of wonder.

Nadia's encouragement to those who feel a little hesitant is to, 'Be brave! You never know, you might start to enjoy it.' 

Nadia Carruthers - Educated by Nature

Kelise Howells

Nature Playworker – KIN Village, Incursions & Roving Programs

Kelsie is currently studying to become a Primary School Teacher. Kelise has a passion for the outdoors and loves her sports, camping, water activities and basically anything out in nature! Kelsie is enthusiastic about the learning that comes unknowingly when children are involved in nature and play, and it is something she is aiming to draw upon when she becomes a qualified teacher. Keslie enjoys encouraging children to use their imagination and most importantly have fun, and the Educated by Nature programs are perfect for this!

Victoria Bingham

Nature Educator – Incursions & Roving Programs, Professional Learning Workshops

Victoria is an early childhood and primary qualified teacher, with experience teaching both in Australia and overseas. In her most recent role as an education consultant she developed and presented professional learning for teachers and education support staff. With a passion for Positive Education and strengths based learning, she believes that the outdoor environment provides a unique opportunity to uncover and nurture children's strengths. As the mother of 3 children, she has a wealth of experience in getting messy, believing that with dirt comes great learning and fun!

Victoria Bingham

Skye Tuffin

Nature Educator – Incursions & Roving Programs, KIN VIllage

Skye is a qualified environmental scientist and science teacher. She has experience teaching across Australia at both the Primary and Secondary levels and has extensive experience working with the WA Government to help conserve the environment. With a passion for all outdoor activities, she has travelled to every continent of the world in pursuit of adventures, beautiful vistas, unique wildlife and challenging mountains to summit.

She aims to inspire children to learn by sharing her love of the outdoors - encouraging the development of new skills and the ability to feel empowered and comfortable in the natural environment. As a mother of a young child, Skye treasures the look of joy on a child's face when they are immersed in nature!

Jacob Wootton

Nature Playworker - KIN Village, Roving Programs & Bush Inventors' Club

Hey, I’m Jacob, I love working outdoors in nature and helping kids connect to the Earth in a way which most people don’t get to nowadays. I’ve always been someone who enjoys getting muddy and dirty, and if there’s ever a tree available for me to climb, I’ll climb it.

Working with Educated By Nature I not only get the chance to teach, but to also learn about the great outdoors and I enjoy every second of it.

Jacob Wootton - Educated by Nature

Fay Baudains

Nature Playworker - KIN Village, Incursions & Roving Programs & Bush Inventors' Club

Fay completed a Bachelor of education(primary) at Murdoch University and has been teaching children in various roles for over 20 years. She is passionate about the environment and helping children understand and appreciate their role in it. Fay is a devoted wife and mother of four. She loves Disney karaoke, gardening, self sufficiency and a good book. A perfect day involves packing the kids into the car, attaching the camper trailer and disappearing into the bush. Fay believes nature is the best teacher and her most important lessons have come from experience and not textbooks.

Fay Baudains - Educated by Nature

Aimee Ingram

Executive Assistant

Aimee’s work history and experience have predominantly been in administrative roles since completing a Bachelor of Commerce and an Advanced Diploma of Superannuation Management. 

Having had children who were nurtured by the wonderful educators at Joondalup Early Learning Centre, Aimee has had the privilege of serving on the JELC Management Board since September 2015. She is passionate about supporting organisations and programs that foster childhood wellbeing, belonging, resilience and quality education.

Aimee Ingram - Educated by Nature

Junior Staff

As well as our adult staff, we have a growing team of Junior Playworkers; teenagers who bring energy and vitality to the programs we offer. We are strong believers that children need a range of mentors in their lives, of varying ages and levels of life experience.  We see that younger members of our team have unique ways of communicating and connecting with the children at our programs. 

Isaac Wetherley

Junior Playworker - KIN Village & Bush Inventors' Club

Isaac is currently a student at Aranmore Catholic College.  Isaac is a keen camper and enjoys spending his weekends hiking on the Bibbulmun track with people from his Scout Troop and Venturer Unit. Isaac has recently achieved his Australian Scout Medallion, which is the highest award in Scouts.

Isaac Wetherley - Educated by Nature

Emma de Laeter

Junior Playworker - KIN Village & Bush Inventors' Club

A childhood immersed in nature through building cubbies, collecting bugs, paddling in the river and enjoying camping trips, ignited Emma’s passion for the outdoors. She has received a Royal Lifesaving Bronze Medallion, attained a Certificate in Advanced Resuscitation Technique, Recreational Skippers Ticket and volunteers for patrols with the Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club.

Tui Dougiamas

Junior Playworker - KIN Village & Bush Inventors' Club

Growing up, Tui spent much more time in the theatre than she did outside. That was until Year 5 when she landed herself in a nature-based classroom. In that year, she learnt the importance of connecting with the outdoors and learning skills in the natural environment. As a teenager, she has continued to pursue this passion for the outdoors. Tui is currently undertaking her Duke of Edinburgh award and volunteers as a teacher's assistant at Bold Park Community School. She is excited to share the joy of outdoor learning with the younger members of her generation through working with Educated by Nature.

Tui - Educated by Nature

Abby Strang

Junior Playworker - KIN Village

Abby has grown up in a family who loves the outdoors. She enjoys camping, hiking, swimming and spending time at the beach. She spent seven years as a member of the scouts and loved everything about it. She feels most comfortable in the bush and has an insatiable thirst for getting out of the city and back to nature. Abby enjoys mentoring children and spending time playing alongside younger members of her community and is looking forward to being able to combine her two passions in her work in the outdoors with Educated by Nature.

Abby - Educated by Nature

Hayley Henheffer

Junior Playworker - KIN Village

Nature has, and continues to be, an important part of Hayley’s life. She volunteers for patrols with the Trigg Surf Lifesaving Club and enjoys camping, hiking, swimming and surf sports. Hayley has achieved a Surf Rescue Certificate, Beach Bronze Medallion, Recreational Skippers Ticket, and has completed a Senior First Aid Course.

Hayley Henheffer - Educated by Nature