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Innovative Children's Outdoor Education in New Zealand.

Re-imagining education for healthier children and a healthier planet

Talking Tree Hill is an outdoor educational facility based on gorgeous Waiheke island.  We combine the wacky conscious creativity of Dr Seuss, the heart and soul of forest and bush Schools, the entrepreneurship and innovation of the Green School and the beauty of Reggio Emilia.

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This is what we do!

Come join our whānau.

Tamariki Playshops

We provide creative nature education programmes for 1 day schools, after school and holiday programmes for early childhood and primary school aged tamariki.Our focus is creativity, innovation experienced in an outdoor learning environment, respecting the whenua. Based on research, experience and a connection to Te Ao Māori and the creative arts.What does your child need to thrive? We will create it.

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Kaiako Professional Development Programmes

We innovate 1 day wellness programmes, nature2classroom professional development days and webinars to support kaiako. We focus on bringing more creativity, innovation and wellbeing into their own lives, their classrooms and respect for the planet.What does your school need to thrive ? We will create it.

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Corporate
Days

We create days aligned to the needs of your group! What do you need and what does the planet need? Experiences include digital free detox days, environmental giving back sessions, team building, wellness days.What does your team need to thrive? We will create it.

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2000
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children spending more creative outdoor time already!
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The Mission

Let's do this!!!

We are advancing the holistic wellbeing of our children and their planet. Locally, Nationally and Globally.

By promoting education that fosters the best relationship with themselves, others and their planet. We collectively support children to develop and strengthen their knowledge and skills to self orientate and in the world and be the kaitiaki of the planet.

Our focus

We are giving more...
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Creativity
innovative and real learning experiences to meet the needs of every child.
Outdoor time
children spending more time outside learning and soaking up vitamin D goodness
Mindful moments
to nurture the mind, body and planet health
Food
to grow and eat a rainbow, to nourish and understand the reasons for the seasons.
Parents/Teachers and Schools
researched programmes for child wellness.
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