Celia Hogan

Christchurch, NZ - Little Kiwis Nature Play

Workshop title: Taking Tamariki Outdoors

During this workshop we will look at the practical side of taking a group of children outdoors and into nature. We will cover site assessment, boundaries and group management strategies, risk management, communication in the outdoors, rhythm of a session, roles and responsibilities and what you could take along to enrich their experience. We will use the Wild Woods to help us gain some practical experience and build some confidence in taking children on regular excursions.

Personal Bio: Celia Hogan believes the building blocks for thriving Early Childhood centres literally lie right outside. As a facilitator of outdoor and nature-based learning, Celia inspires early years teachers to look beyond the day to day challenges and find outdoor learning opportunities where kids can blossom. While investigating how nature sessions could work within preschools she found teachers really struggled to get off site with their children. With support and guidance their confidence grew, and she is now excited to be running professional development for nature educators in the early years. Celia originally studied outdoor recreation and adult education. For the past 20 years she has worked for a variety of outdoor education organisations internationally, setting up, developing and running outdoor programmes, wilderness expeditions, leadership development programmes and establishing risk management and safety systems. Now with two wild pre-schoolers herself she wants to share her passion for getting children outdoors and into nature.

Celia Hogan