Nature-based Camps

Multi-day programs provide the opportunity for both children and adults to immerse themselves into nature connection. It allows for spaces and projects to be revisited and wider, rural places to be explored. Educated by Nature offers a range of residential nature connection camps. 

Camps also give Educated by Nature mentors greater ability to embed Art of Mentoring practices. This allows children and families to settle and feel comfortable living and exploring together as a community. 

Educated by Nature offers camps through three streams:

School Camps

Educated by Nature have teamed up with the wonderful people at Boshack Outback in a new partnership working to deliver school camps that offer a truly immersive nature-based learning experience to help your students be educated by nature.

Boshack Outback is located in Bolgart, which is approximately a 90 minute drive from Perth.

Our Nature Educators welcome schools to this true Australian Outback adventure. Students will be guided in a range of experiences inspired by some of the leading nature-based connection and education models from around the world. The activities offered are linked to the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture. They are also linked to the learning areas of Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Design Technologies, Health & Physical Education, Arts and the General Capabilities.

In addition to the on-site Boshack Camp, schools can choose to have Educated by Nature visit classes before their camp with a special camp related incursion. This in-school experience aims to help students build skills, provide opportunities to make connections with Boshack and create excitement about their upcoming camp. Post-camp incursions are also available with camp experiences linked to in-class learning and curriculum.

An Educated by Nature School Camp at Boshack offers:

  • Shelter building

  • Lake canoeing

  • Aboriginal culture and heritage experiences

  • Feeding farm animals 

  • Catching freshwater crayfish

  • Bush walking adventures

  • Sensory awareness activities

  • Star gazing (optional)

  • Orienteering and Bushwalking

  • Raft building

Students also have the opportunity to experience the following practices through living, eating and relaxing in the Boshack campsite:

  • Sleeping in safari tents

  • Using off-the-grid water and solar technologies

  • Feeding chickens, worms and managing the compost system for kitchen waste

  • Exploring fish and water invertebrates through netting and lakeshore play

  • Self-reflection and relaxation time

During their time at camp and through these experiences, students and teachers have an opportunity to develop:

  • Relationship with nature

  • Environmental awareness

  • Team building skills

  • Survival skills

  • Physical literacy (coordination, balance, strength)

  • Sustainable living practices

  • Understanding of conservation, regeneration and land management

At an Educated by Nature School Camp at Boshack, the food, accommodation and activities are organised. Classes simply need to arrive and relax into the outback for a one or two night adventure like no other.

To find out more information, to receive camp outlines and program details, please submit an enquiry via the button below.

Family Nature Connection Retreats

Come and join Educated by Nature in October 2017 amongst the sheoaks at Boshack Outback, 2 hours drive north east of Perth, for their inaugural Family Nature Connection Retreat (Friday 27th - Sunday 29th October). Lead by a team of Nature Connection Mentors and Educators, this weekend retreat provides families with the opportunity to get out of the city, get back to nature and build connection with new friends.

This weekend camping experience will include a variety of skill-building nature-based activities, catered meals, campfires and a rekindling of childhood joy! Nestled in the forest, Educated by Nature’s Family programs, KIN Village and Mud Pies Nature Playgroup, will provide adventures for children while adults have an opportunity to relax by the lake, learn new skills and have a chance to play too.

This retreat provides time for kids to be off on their own adventures, as well as plenty of time for families to enjoy each other’s company. The whole experience will follow a gentle, natural cycle where the sharing of story, song, play and responsibility create the feel of a proper village.

Weekend Itinerary
Friday 27th October 2017
4pm - 6pm: Arrival and Safari tent allocation
6pm - 8pm: Fireside activity

Saturday 28th October 2017
8:30am: Village Welcome

9am -12pm: KIN Village adventure for kids
The two morning sessions will provide time for the children to head off into the sheoak forest with our Educated by Nature staff to spend time building cubbies, exploring nature, using tools and playing. The children will spend time in groups consisting of 3 - 6 year olds and 7 - 14 year olds.

9am - 12pm: Adult Workshops
Adults will have time to choose to relax and unwind or participate in nature connection workshops separate from the children’s program. Parents of children under 3 years of age can either accompany their child and join the 3 - 6 year old program or remain in the adult workshop space with their child.

1pm - 6pm: Village Time
The afternoon is open space. Families are welcome to share time collaborating and being creative together, wandering and exploring, playing by the lake with new friends or just chilling out. Canoeing and fishing on Lake Serene will also be available during this time.

2pm - 4pm: Farm Tour (Optional)
Come feed the horses, stroll through a paperbark forest and meet some marron on a guided Boshack farm tour.

7pm - 9pm: Fireside and Stargazing

Sunday 29th October 2017
9am -12pm: KIN Village adventure for kids
9am - 12pm: Adult Workshops
1pm: Farewell

Who is this for?
Everyone! While this is a family friendly event, the program is open to all. A true village embraces all ages and faces; we welcome diversity. This retreat is drug and alcohol free.

Cost
Retreat prices are per head with the following options:

Adults = $263
Children (3 - 17 year olds) = $193
Children (under 3) = Free

These prices are all inclusive. All meals, accommodation, activities for adults and children are included . Families only need to bring a toothbrush, clothes and sleeping bag.

Accommodation
Accommodation is in the form of safari tents that sleep up to 9 people. Tent allocations will be assigned by Educated by Nature staff. If you would like to share specifically with another family or friends, please indicate this on the booking form.

Residential Camps

Coming soon

Educated by Nature is currently developing a drop and leave school holiday camp experience for children aged 9 -14 years.

The camp will be offered as a full week KIN Village, combined with cubby building, tinkering and bush adventures. It will be held at Boshack Outback (90 minutes from Perth). This camp provides children a chance to build independence, experience a sense of adventure and develop resilience in a supportive, caring environment with passionate Nature Connection Mentors. 

If you are interested in receiving information about this new program, please complete your details for the Residential Camp mailing list below. We will send you details as they become available. 

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