Children’s Programs

  • Wild By Nature Village Camp, Dungog 17-21 Jan 2018

    March 18, 2016
    A camp for everyone of all ages. Come and experience living in a village and learning earth skills. Nature play, connection activities and bush skills for the kids each day. Workshops for adults. Communal dinners each night (provided). Family friendly event.

Wild by Nature Village Taster and Training Weekend

December 16-17

For those wanting to experience how the Wild By Nature Village Camp might be, come Saturday 9.30am-3.30pm. Children will go off on their own adventures with nature guides and adults will be able to learn some bush skills and have some down time before we gather as a group (‘village’) to share food, stories and fun.

There is also an option to come for the full weekend til Sunday lunchtime.

This weekend will also include a training element where nature guide and mentors will receive training in bush skills and nature connection mentoring philosophy and approaches. If you are interested in Mentoring, please email

Wild by Nature Village Camp

January 17-21 Wednesday to Sunday

For Everyone!

For teenagers wanting to gain confidence with bush skills.

For younger ones wanting explore and have fun in nature.

For parents and adults who want to learn a bit too, and to relax and connect with like-minded people.

This camp allows for child lead activities, under the supervision of nature mentors in small groups for a few hours a day, plenty of unstructured time and then tribe time in the evenings with shared meals and storytelling. There are also short bush skills sessions for adults and opportunities for relaxing, swimming in the creek and family time.



The Importance of Wild Time

Providing an opportunity for children to connect to the natural world is vitally important for their own health, well being and learning.
By fostering appreciation for nature, ecosystems and community interdependence at an early age, these children should grow into adults who understand and respect the natural environment.

Making time away from the house and it’s inside distractions, screens and everyday routines, and coming into nature – with an opportunity to breathe the air rich with life, to get a bit messy, to explore and adventure, try new ways of engaging by sight, touch, smell, sound and taste.

We aim to teach new skills which create a deeper level of understanding of the world around us. We have never run a kids course to a fixed timetable because so also often we come across an opportunity to ‘let the kids go’ to be free to explore and play; these things they often do best, naturally.

into the wild


  1. Jayne fryer January 15, 2016 2:40 pm

    Im interested in booking my 6 year old dsughter in any day camps such as the September one at dungog. Can you please notify me. Cheers Jayne

    • February 9, 2016 8:23 pm

      Hi Jayne, The next camp will be in the April school holidays. I will add you to the mailing list so you know the dates once we finalise them.
      Cheers Nikki

    • Nikki Brown July 23, 2016 3:36 pm

      Generally the camps near Dungog occur in the first week of the school holidays every holiday except winter.
      The next children’s camp at Ferndale Park near Dungog is on the Monday to Wednesday 26-28 September 2016.

      The next children’s camp at Treetops Scout Camp is on 20-21 September

  2. Hael February 24, 2016 1:39 pm


    would like to hear more about your next holiday camp and/or family camps.

    • February 24, 2016 2:02 pm

      Thanks for your interest! The next kids/family wildcraft camp at Ferndale, near Dungog will be Mon 11, Tue 12 and Wed 13 April. If you would like, we can add you to our email list so that you will be up to date with our upcoming courses.

  3. suzy bates May 25, 2016 9:23 am

    Hey guys,
    Wonderful website!
    Can you put me on your email list. I’m definitely interested in any kids programs and weaving workshops in the hunter valley.
    Thanks! Hope to see you soon 🙂

    • July 4, 2016 2:15 pm

      Hi Suzy! Yes you are added! xxx JO

  4. Tracey Joel June 11, 2016 11:08 pm

    Am in WA but am so interested for my 5 and 7 year old to take part (as well as my husband and I!) I see that we missed the first workshop, any more planned soon? Thank you

    • July 4, 2016 2:17 pm

      Hi Tracey, yes more workshops for the rest of the year will be advertised soon! Thanks!

  5. Amy July 5, 2016 6:34 pm

    Hi, please add me to your email list, I’m interested in camps/workshops for kids and families.



  6. Rachelle Worth July 28, 2016 5:45 pm

    Hi Nikki
    Rachelle Worth here…
    I have a girlfriend from Gloucester who would like to attend a Bushfood weekend. . We would like to come in the middle or late this fits into her current work roster.. we are both really keen…and have all our own gear..
    My number is 0422 860 639
    I have now moved back to gloucester. And look forward to hearing from you
    Hope you are all well..
    Rachelle Worth..
    .. (formerly Michelle Laucht)

    • July 28, 2016 8:43 pm

      Hello Rachelle,

      In September we are holding children camps and a Wild 101 in Melbourne and then the childrens camp at Ferndale – so it is a big month for us.
      We have been getting some interest in another Bush Food course – when is the next time that would suit you and your friend?

  7. elisha smith November 4, 2016 1:19 pm

    can someone please add me to the email list regards the camp in april please. Thank you

    • November 4, 2016 4:36 pm

      Absolutely, consider yourself on the list!
      We are also having children’s camps in January, the website will be updated soon…

  8. Micha James February 22, 2017 10:36 am

    Do you have any children’s camps running in the April 2017 school holidays?

    • March 23, 2017 11:19 am

      Yes we do have 3 days of wildcraft for kids this April holidays! 10 , 11 , 12 April at Ferndale Park Campground, near Dungog.
      Click below for more info:

      Hope to see you there!

  9. czarina den ouden lobo December 2, 2017 3:58 pm

    Hello, do you have weekend skills camps that are family friendly in Feb, 2018?

    • jo new December 2, 2017 6:31 pm

      In the first half of 2018, family and kids camps are in January and April.
      If you have a group of at least 10 participants, we can run a bush skills weekend for you in Feb, on a mutually suitable date.
      If 10 is too hard to assemble from your end, we may be able to boost the numbers by advertising


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