In 2014, when we told our upper primary students that we would be setting up our own ‘Wild Space’ enterprise, one of the students asked if we would be working for ‘pinecones’ too or if we were working for real money.

Starting up a social enterprise, we often feel we are working for pinecones. We have managed to scrape enough ‘real money’ together to book our airfares and the main training course. There are a lot of amazing people we would like to visit and learn from but we are afraid that the bus drivers, hostels and supermarkets will not trade in ‘pinecones’ with us.

There are numerous amazing nature connection programs in the USA and UK. We are venturing on a study tour and training mission to connect with these people in perso – learning new skills, techniques and programs to bring back to families and schools in Western Australia.

Throughout this adventure we plan to record and upload a video blog to help support the nature connection community. Here are some of the programs we intend to visit with the funds raised:

  • IslandWood – Outdoor Learning Centre, Bainbridge Island, Seattle
  • Wolf Camp and the Conservation College – Lake Sammamish, Seattle
  • Wilderness Awareness School – Nature Connection and Survival Skills School, Dauvall
  • Brightworks – Tinkering School, San Francisco
  • Nature’s Theatre – Outdoor storytelling, Sacramento
  • Nature Kids Institute – Nature Connection Advocacy and Communication, Sacramento
  • 8 Shields – Art of Mentoring training, Camp Navarro
  • Ithaca Children’s Garden – Anarchy Zone Adventure Playground, Ithaca
  • Play:Ground and other Adventure Playgrounds – New York City
  • Cowgate Under Fives Early Childhood Centre – Nature Pedagogy, Edinburgh
  • Auchlone Nature Kindergarten – Founded by Claire Warden, Perthshire
  • International Association of Pedagogues Conference – Trudi speaking alongside David Sobel, Anders Farstad & Claire Warden, Scotland