The Natural Phenomena Early Childhood Conference

Kiripaka, Whangarei, on 22nd - 24th Nov 2013

Come and be inspired to help ensure our children’s fundamental right to connect with nature is preserved.

Dr. Rose Pere
Steve Gurney

Griffin Longley

Hi there,

I hope the year is going well for you so far, can you believe we're in March already!  I hope you've found the time to balance work and play and make the most of the endless, beautifully sunny (although too dry) summer. 

You are warmly invited to this year's Natural Phenomena 'Outdoors in Nature’ Early Childhood Conference.  Come along with an open mind and heart, bring your work colleagues to make it all the easier to share the learning and put all the great ideas into practice back at the centre!

Announcing this year's Keynote Speakers

Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere, Waikaremoana, NZ
Steve Gurney, Christchurch, NZ
Griffin Longley, Nature Play, Western Australia

Registration fees (all incl gst):

Early bird (no dinner & entertainment ) - $410
Early bird (incl dinner & entertainment) - $450
Standard Registration  - $450 (no dinner)
Standard Registration  - $490 - (incl dinner & entertainment)
Group discount: Four or more from the same centre – 7% further discount to above prices!!

Registrations will be open by mid April  -  Book online!
Cut off for early bird registrations will be 31st August.
To see an overview of the program for the conference, visit the website.

Be in to win a FREE registration!  To enter just "Like" us on our Face book page "The Natural Phenomena Nature Education Conference" (or comment if already a fan).  The winner will be announced just prior to opening of registrations.
Centre Stories  Are you interested in sharing your centre's story? – If so, come prepared to share as there'll be a slot for informal presentations on the friday evening.
Accommodation at the conference is b.y.o. - in your comfort of your own tent!  We've had lots of enthusiastic feedback from previous years about how much staying on the site of the conference in tents has really enriched the experience of the weekend.  You'll love being part of the little camping village that's created on the grass right beside where all the action happens; workshops, shared meals and browsing stalls during the day, camp fire, music, sing songs, sharing stories and making new friends at night.  How can you resist! 
For non-camping accommodation options, there's a couple of options on our website, or google Tutukaka Coast.

 What others have said about the Conference

“Quite simply, the whole experience IS the education instead of the usual “just talking about education”.  Plus it's held in Paradise, and you don’t have to die first!” - Pennie Brownlee
“This is the conference I have always dreamed of, I just didn’t know I was dreaming it”  - Rusty Keeler
“Too many highlights.  The whole thing was a highlight, look out when I get home I won’t be shutting up for a while” -  Ana Shaw

“An inspiring soul fulfilling place where you can be an individual and take so much from the Earth, speakers and all the whanau at the conference.  A beautiful place to remind us of our passions for mother nature and children.  This is the start of an amazing journey that the centre can take on.”  - Hayley Beecroft
“Thank you for this amazing opportunity.  We will be coming back next year.  Can’t wait to share all this inspiring knowledge with the rest of the team.  Arohanui”
“I loved the relaxed atmosphere of this conference as opposed to some conferences with a more hurried approach.  This was a theme in discussion about children being unhurried.  So we can as adults benefit from them too!”

Location: 592 Ngunguru Rd, Whangarei.

Contact: For any further information please email

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