About

Birdwings is an innovative and unique place for children. We are the Gold Coast’s First Forest School operating 100% outdoors with no building. We understand that children crave the simplicity and openness of the time and space that nature provides.

We have time to think and dream and talk about the things that interest us. We have time to PLAY!  Nature becomes children’s happy place.

Philosophy

Birdwings embrace and celebrate children, natural childhoods and our connection to this place on Earth through immersive nature play for children. We practice traditional play out of doors without toys, computers or screens.

We believe that foundational development essential for children’s future academic learning is gained through active physical play, handcraft, social interaction with people of all ages, exploring natural curiosity and nature connection.

Connection to Country

We understand that all children crave connection to community, to culture and to country, and this sense of belonging is at the heart of our business.

Our programs operate across Kombumerri, Wangerriburra and Bullongin Country (Gold Coast Hinterland) and we honour these connections through language, story, stewardship of the land and active community connections.

We acknowledge the process of Reconciliation is an ongoing and deeply important journey for all Australians.

Find Your Community

Birdwings Forest School is a place to find your community. We believe children flourish with the support and mentorship from people of all ages.

WildPlay Adventurer Playgroups become as close as family. Little Birdwings Forest Kindy, Adventure Club and Bush Club families gather for seasonal festivals.

We love to invite our neighbours and community to help us celebrate and care for nature – look out for our Autumn Planting Festival and Spring Fairs!

Forest School Approach

Forest School is both a philosophical approach and a grounded connection to place.

Being outside in wild nature integrates children’s health and well being, developmental growth, and educational learning.

Birdwings Forest School is a foundation member organisation with the Australian Forest School Association.

I’m so impressed by the highly skilled, knowledgeable and caring mentors and the way they interact with the children, encouraging them to trust in their own abilities & how to gently move beyond them. The space they provide and hold for children to be in nature, learn about nature & how to appreciate it is incredible!! Keep up the amazing work Narell & Jen, what you offer the families on the Gold Coast is awesome and very much needed!!

— Bianca Nuss, Parent

The team at Birdwings have set up a unique learning experience like no other on the Gold Coast. Children learn to be empowered, create, innovate and build a  strong, caring connection to the natural world. They all this through the act of authentic play and the positive encouragement of their carers. As a fellow educator, I know how important this unique experience is in the digital world of the 21st century. The Birdwings are real educators, with real pedagogy and I can’t recommend them enough to all those looking for a unique learning experience for their little ones.

— Kate Hall, Teacher