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

Coralie, mother

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 : the parent actively participates to the sessions with the child. 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. 

When?

Every Wednesday
10:10 – 11:00

From Sept. to July 3

excl. holidays: Oct. 24, Dec. 12, Feb. 20, Apr. 24, May 1

or Every Saturday
10:10 – 11:00

From Sept. to July 6

excl.: Oct. 20 and 27, Feb. 16 and 23, Apr 27, May 4

Next thematic available starting March 6 and 9: “When nature streches itself”

Nature’s awakening celebration on Saturday, April 13

Where?

Beatrixpark: meet in the meadow next the Lime tree.

In case of extreme weather*, meet at our shelter: Vrijburg.

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

Enrichment programmes*

*Happy Feet

Explore new ways to connect with your child using dance and movement! How is it to dance like the birds you see flying through the trees? Can you feel your bodies stretch out in the sun, relaxing in the warmth? 

*A signed trip through seasons

Children and parents will embark in a remarkable journey through the Beatrixpark. Supported by sign languages and storytelling, they will discover the changes brought by each season to themselves and their environment.

*Included in the Mini Buffalo programme
Overview here

Meet your Nature MediatorS

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

How much?

Enrollment from the next thematic

Early bird discount: 75,20€ 67,68€ per month*

Discovery sessions
3 in a row: 49€

*On 5 months, to guide 1 parent + 1 child. Early bird discount for enrolment before February 25

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