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. Once a month, experts will lead the session as scheduled in the enrichment programme.

When?

On Wednesday
15:10 – 16:30
From Sept. to July 10
exc. holidays: Oct. 24, Feb. 21, May 1

Next thematic available starting March 6: “Sharpen your senses

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 programme

In nature, anything can happen… Be on the lookout! As you hide among the tall grass, practise acquiring the sharp vision of the eagle, the super-sensitive ear of the deer, and the speed of the heron. Sharpen your senses! To survive in the wilderness, be invisible, vigilant… Become a real coyote. Be aware!

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!

Méjane Bertrand

Fun Designer at Mej & Design

Never stop to play! We are designed to find fulfillment and creative growth through play. Nature is a magical and powerful place to do it!

From: France. Speaks: English and French.

I am Méj. I was born in Lyon in France. I studied in China and moved to the Netherlands a few years ago. I design experiences, bringing storytelling and games alive within a magical atmosphere. My goal is to stimulate children’s imagination, creativity, joy and autonomy in nature.

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?

Enrolment from the next thematic

Early bird discount: 81,60€ 73,44€ per month*

Discovery sessions
3 in a row: 49€

*On 5 months, early bird discount for enrolment before February 25.

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