naya scout amsterdam
Scouting for Amsterdam children 7 to 12 y/o

Wilderness exposure is necessary. When you immerse yourself in nature, you realize that you need it.

Laurent Baheux, Photographer

This Naya outdoor programme aims to bring teens back into the wild. It welcomes inquiring minds who like to understand how things work. Together with friends and their Nature mediator, they will engage in various topics, like ecology, active listening, building shelters, wildlife tracking, search for edible plants, treasure hunts, acting, etc. Through all that, they will also build up a community. “Become one with Nature” stands as the motto of the learning, which will also help children develop empathy and embrace differences. The programme will culminate in a celebration with the distribution of certificates in wood-crafting, tying knots, rope manufacturing, etc. There will be enough time for laughs, fun challenges, and unstructured play with friends to nurture creativity and flourish. Step by step, your big one will turn into a courageous free spirit: are you ready to witness this transformation?

All sessions are led in English. Nature Mediators also speak Dutch and at least another language. This is a drop-off class for kids-only: children attend without a parent. 

Green city

We believe that child that is connected to nature, is a child who won’t hurt nature, because they have too much respect for it! Getting children to fall in love with their local nature is a good starting point for mobilizing them in their first citizenship actions. Greening the city, reducing plastic waste, being intelligent in the use of water….. Children choose their challenge by themselves and use their creative thinking. This is what we call the “Eco-squad missions”.

Where?

Beatrixpark: meet in the meadow next the Lime tree

WALKING BUS Trial: pick up from AICS Main school at 1:30pm to bring children walking until the meeting point at Beatrixpark*

In case of extreme weather**: meet at Vrijburg.

*From 3 children with an extra cost
**Extreme cold, wind, hard shower… You will receive a message

*Enrichment programme

Coming soon…

*Included in the Naya Tribe programme

Meet your Nature Mediator

Claire Bano Devautour
Education counselor for kids and adults. 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. 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!

Roxana Suci

Nature Trainer

We are nature and we can only benefit from connecting with it.

From: Romania. Speaks: Romanian, English and Spanish.

I grew up in the Transilvanian mountains and I have studied at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. From the age of 15 years old, I have been volunteering for Tasuleasa Social. ‘TaSu’ makes children aware of and involve in community issues. I was working with children in nature and I helped them realize that everything we take from the nature has to be given back. Working with children from different backgrounds, I learned how important it was for them to understand that, in nature, you can find everything you need and most importantly, that they need to respect the environment they live in. The satisfaction I feel when I see them happy in nature, helping them restore it and watching a beautiful sunset at the end of the day together, is a great reward for me. I have been inspired by nature to create my values in life and want to share everything I have learned.

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?

Discovery sessions
3 in a row: 49€*

Annual Enrolment
690€ 15% off for a one-time payment: 585€*

1st term “PUMPKIN”
from Sept. 11th to Dec. 11th: 260€*

*Including VAT. For sessions of 1h20 of true nature-connection!
Ask for a sibling discount: -5% from the second enrolment.

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