Nature Playgroup

“Being outdoors in nature offers unplanned, unknown, unpredictable encounters; these are significant provocations for learning.” – (Adapted from Waters, 2012)

Join our experienced early years outdoor educators at CERES in Brunswick East, to discover our local, abundant ecology through nature play. Activities vary with the seasons, and what is relevant to the Merri Creek and CERES. We plant seeds, feed the chickens, make art with natural objects, investigate local insects, climb trees, make damper and fires, sing, and have a good time. Every week the children are rewarded with more confidence, resilience, creativity, and gratitude for the land and people we live with.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings at CERES Brunswick East during term. A program of five individual themed Autumn sessions will also run in April.

Nature play and curiosity are at the heart of this program. Our thoughtfully designed learning experience will connect your children with nature, allow them to explore independently, discover the wonders of our natural world and participate in caring for our environment and people.

What you will need
An adult to accompany your children.

What to bring
Children should bring a hat, water bottle, and a snack. Consider bringing along a change of clothes as things may get messy.

What to Wear
Outdoor clothing that can get dirty, closed-toe shoes and a hat and dress for all weather conditions.

“Really fantastic day – the kids are still raving about it! They learnt so much in the happy, relaxed and fun atmosphere – created by their amazing teacher :)”

“Loved the experience. Very relaxed. Great to get the children outdoors exploring. Can’t wait for the next one.”

“We had a wonderful term, a great mix of unstructured and structured play! Lauren is a fantastic educator”

For further questions please:

Call the Student Programs team on (03) 9389 0144 or email

Invite a friend to enrol with you and your little one.

Program details

Age Group
2 – 5 years old (+ a guardian)

Term 2 Mondays

Monday mornings 10am – 12pm
22 April – 17 June 2024
$280 per child for 8-week program
plus $70 for each additional sibling
No session on 10th June due to King’s Birthday public holiday

Term 2 Tuesdays

Tuesday mornings 10am – 12pm
23 April – 11 June 2024
$280 per child for 8-week program
plus $70 for each additional sibling

Term 2 Wednesdays

Wednesday mornings 10am – 12pm
24 April – 12 June 2024
$280 per child for 8-week program
plus $70 for each additional sibling

Autumn Sessions

Five one-off sessions
10am – 12pm
8 April – 12 April 2024
$25 per child per session