Our Mission

1) Connecting children with their (own) nature​

Naya Nature Foundation provides outdoor, nature-based education, to connect children with nature and their inner nature, all year long, through all seasons and weathers. As a team of passionate, highly-trained mediators, we act like true passers of knowledge and love for nature, trying to counterbalance the fact that modern childhood has moved indoors.

Our pledge is to make children feel at home in nature, so they become well-adjusted and deeply happy in the world they live in. We believe that the children who learn to love nature today will become the adults who will care for it tomorrow.

We create meaningful experiences in nature, which help children grow.

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2) Valuing local, urban nature

We offer our programmes in the public, local, natural spaces of the city : where the children and their schools are, where they can freely explore over and over again. We wish the kids of our city to become deeply familiar of these local natural spaces. There, they build strong relationships with the living world and the friends they play with!

We are convinced that sharing public natural spaces is a powerful way for the children to become anchored in a community and to develop a sense of belonging, so essential for them, especially when they come from all around the world.

By our actions, we create a virtuous circle! We systematically spend time cleaning the public places we use, and most of the times we make them cleaner than they were before we came! This is a great opportunity for us to role-model, involve and educate children in the maintenance of the shared spaces of the city.

This way, our action is beneficial for everyone and at all times!

3) Raising awareness of the fundamental need for nature-connectedness

Nature-connectedness is essential for the well-being of children and society. We want our actions to benefit as many people as possible. To this end, we share our expertise through our lectures, training courses, guides, workshops and podcasts. We raise awareness  about the stakes of nature-connection, we present and train educators to our pedagogical approach and we share and develop good practices in the field.

It’s stunning how fast a child changes and blossoms
with regular experiences in nature.