Bush Inventors’ Club – Nature-based after school program

Nature-based after school programs

KIN Afterschool is a nature-based after school program providing a space for fun, a space for play, a space for connection – with nature, with other people and most importantly with self. This program is a re-designed Bush Inventors' Club, with all the same activities you love and more!

Educated by Nature provides a space where children feel empowered. A space where children have time and freedom, balanced by boundaries and guidelines to push against to feel secure. We come with the mind of a mentor – the sharp eyes, keen ears and sixth sense to anticipate the support a child may need by observing their behaviours, actions, words and all the other languages with which they communicate.

KIN Afterschool is inspired by the work of Gever Tulley and the Institute of Applied Tinkering,  shaped by the work of Jon Young and the 8 Shields Institute, and seeks to develop children’s self-risk assessing skills. Our Nature Educators encourage and allow risk taking, with support in identifying hazards and understanding body awareness.

Each term of KIN Afterschool has a different focus - an overarching theme to all the sessions. At KIN Afterschool, children may have the opportunity to:

  • Use real tools to build, construct and tinker

  • Build, invent and create 

  • Construct cubbies

  • Connect with mentors and leaders

  • Explore nature, find animals, insects and plants

  • Play wilderness awareness games

  • Set personal goals and conquer challenges

  • Explore fire management and safety (season and location dependent)

KIN Afterschool is a ‘drop and leave’ program for 6 to 12 year olds. Each group meets weekly for 8 sessions throughout the school term (excluding public holidays).

We have an average staff to child ratio of 1:8. All staff have a Working with Children Check, with at least two staff at each group being first aid trained. In most cases the Lead Facilitators are qualified teachers.

Please contact us if your school or organisation is interested in hosting an after-school program.


KIN Afterschool is currently offered at the following locations:

Crawley Afternoon (Tuesday) - Group meets on Tuesdays 3:45pm - 5:45pm

You can find general location information on this map. Specific information will be sent to you after booking, close to the start date of the sessions.


More about our Programs

The below videos refer to Bush Inventors' Club, a program since renamed to KIN Afterschool.