Meet our Team

We are a small and experienced team of Nature Mentors who have been drawn to working in nature with children because we know its so beneficial for them – and for us! We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We are nature mentors/playworkers who specialise in working with young children for adventures in WILD nature settings. If you are interested in volunteering or working with Birdwings, please feel free to leave your resume with us and we will be in touch when a position is available.

Renee Bendixen

Nature Mentor

The outdoors are where I belong and you’ll often find me sitting in my garden happily sipping a cup of tea watching the children play, or rolling in the mud with them.

I’ve worked in schools and children focused programs for nine years and have a love for allowing youngsters to explore and learn by doing. Usually this involves a lot of laughter, mess and fun!

I have two young kids myself which keep me grounded and remind me to enjoy each moment because life moves fast and it’s a wonderful journey.

Kyra Sanford

Nature Mentor

Nature is my happy place. I have two beautiful children and we love exploring the natural world and going camping. 

I come from an early childhood education background, I have always had passion for and encourage play at any age. I am currently attending university to become a paediatric Occupational Therapist. 

Hilde Gaddes

Nature Mentor

I am originally from Norway. On extended visits back to my birth country, I have worked in Forest School Kindys, where we did fun, educational activities like at Birdwings, however not in hot weather, but cold, with lots of snow and ice!

I also work within Natural Medicine, and appreciate how important spending time in nature is for our body and mind. I practice yoga, love walking on the beach, but most of my spare time is spent off-tracking in rivers, mountains or the bush, often camping out.

Jessi Strotten

Nature Mentor

Born on Bundjalung Country (Tweed Heads), I am a qualifed teacher and have over 4 years experience in learning support with indigenous and non indigenous students throughout NT, Nth NSW and QLD. I work with outdoor education programs in Qld and Northern NSW. 

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my days than being amongst the elements! Land, sun and sea, I enjoy diving, bushwalking, yoga and meditation and reading. I love travelling to new locations and exploring our beautiful Australia.

Want to work or volunteer with us?