Mini-Buffalo

Family Time: 1 child + 1 parent

This programme is designed for curious creatures who have an endless love for exploring. Mornings are a good moment for first steps in nature. Observation of nature and seasons takes time… we will make sure toddlers cultivate the sense of wonder and lead the exploring at their own rhythm. 

Among other nature activities, we will freeze to listen to birds chirping, walk along flowers and bushes we’ll name, create nature perfumes, use our owl eyes to catch tiny living wonders, play touch & feel and develop self-care habits. Our adventure sessions will be filled with hugs, imaginative co-stories, emotion games and endless races. The parents will train to systematize a let-go attitude to foster their child’s self-confidence. This programme aims to deepen the connection between parent & child and between child & nature.

All sessions are led in English. Nature Mediators speak Dutch and at least a third language. This is not a drop-off class : children attend with a parent. Make sure you are available for quality time with your child. Siblings are welcome to enroll : one child = one adult. Parents are responsible for their child’s safety. Once a month, Experts will lead the session, as scheduled in the enrichment programme. 

She loved playing a rabbit,
and she was so proud of her Indian name!

Coralie, mother

When?

On Wednesdays
9:45 -10:45

May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 4,11, 18

On Thursdays
10:30 – 11:30

on May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19

On Saturdays
10:00 – 11:00

on May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7, 14, 21

How much?

60 min X 10 sessions
10 families max.
Launch price 137€*(- 40%)

*Register for 3 discovery sessions and pay 42€, or pay 15€ for one . Spaces are limited: if no spot available, you will be added to a waiting list for Sept 2018-July 2019.

Where?

Beatrixpark: meet next the bug hotel.

In case of extreme weather*: meet at Vrijburg.

*Extreme cold, wind, hard shower… You will receive a message

Meet your Nature MediatorS

Claire Bano Devautour

Education counselor for kids and adults at My Family Support. Certificate in early childhood education.

I have always enjoyed working with children and teens, it’s so exciting to do what I love most in nature!​

From: France. Speaks: French, English, Dutch, Spanish and Tamil.

Taking part in the development of Naya Nature makes me immensely happy. It gives me the opportunity to work towards the accomplishment of two of my most important life-objectives: 1. Develop, use and spread the methods of positive education and 2. Create awareness and engagement for nature and its preservation. I have always felt I belong on the field, along with children and their families. My background is that of a teacher, an educator and an education counselor. I worked for the Eco-schools program in France and contributed to developing an eco-center in India. I am addicted to fresh air and green spaces. I can’t wait to meet you!

Mónica Cruz

Nature guide and biologist at Nature Walks and Hortus Botanicus, master in ethology.

I want children to discover how much joy and energy you get just from putting your hands in soil.

From: Angola, Portugal.      Speaks: English, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Spanish.

I was born in Angola. As a child, I would spend hours in our backyard or running through the woods, where magical creatures lived. I will never forget our family camping trips, the feeling of falling asleep to the sound of the sea and waking up to discover an army of giant crabs crawling in front of our tents! Looking back now, I can say my interest in nature arose from those moments of close contact with nature. I have children of my own and I am committed to making sure they have as much contact with nature as possible while they grow up. I believe that feeling at home in nature will increase their chances of being happy adults one day.

BE PREPARED

We will meet rain or shine. Naya Nature provides rain pants. A windbreaker with hood is required. We suggest long comfortable pants that can get dirty and waterproof sneakers rather than rain boots, which are not suitable for climbing or running. As you’ll be in nature, just imitate nature for your clothes: dress like an onion !

> See FAQ for more information

WHAT TO BRING?

We kindly ask you to bring a fruit potluck. Naya Nature provides a cool drink in the summer and a hot one in the winter.

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