Who we are

The Natural Phenomena Incorporated Society (Charitable Trust) came together in 2009 with a vision of bringing an all-encompassing outdoor Nature Education Conference together for Early Childhood Educators, Teachers and Parents throughout New Zealand.

We are a group of committed volunteers with a variety of skills and interests but all with the underlying passion of the natural world and educating children through nature.

In 2013 we became the Nature Education Network, reflecting the incorporation of extra activities in the Nature Education field.
Our main focus continues to be The Natural Phenomena, a heartfelt weekend conference held in the outdoors for anyone who has an interest in connecting children with nature and making a difference in young people’s lives.

We are a dedicated team of parents and educators, volunteering much of our time to support the Natural Phenomena Conference.
❉ Cherry Daly, Nicky Thomsen, Dan Simperingham, Ria Woollams, Dino Aplin, Jo Gore, Chris Taylor, Pania Baxter, Gina Williams, Jane Young, Anna Scott-Davidson, Krystel Scott-Davidson, Genevieve Simperingham, Denise Ditchburn, Kate Broughton

The Wild Woods

The event is an outdoor in nature experience for all educators and parents inspired by the natural world and passionate to explore how nature can be such a powerful teacher. Many national & international delegates return each year to bathe in the beauty & wonders of learning from nature.

The conference is located in “The Wild Woods” -a beautiful stand of ancient native woodland east of Whangarei, in an area known as Kiripaka. Surrounded in stoney outcrops, the forested space is pure magic, which invokes inspiration, awe and wonder and reminds us of these key aspects of childhood. This paradise is a small part of Pukepoto Farms and has been in family ownership and guardianship for several generations since 1898.

Come share the inspiration and joy of being amongst this beauty whilst extending your learning. Our goal is to inspire and connect as many educators as possible about ways to bring the joy of nature and the outdoors into young children’s lives.

An awesome inspirational thought-provoking environment where like-minded people have come together as a group to learn and to make a difference.


Become a sponsor!

We’re looking for sponsors to support us in getting the message out there!
If you are interested in helping to create this awesome conference and the reconnection to nature, then simply get in touch with us.

We just need your contact details, a logo file and the web address.

More about the sponsorship, the prices and further possibilities from mail@natureeducationnetwork.co.nz

Openspaces Pre School
592 Ngunguru Road,
0173 Whangarei,
Phone: +64 (0)9 437 5718
Oxford Sports Trust Inc.
PO Box 1432,
6144 Whangarei 0140,
Phone: +64 9 430 0373
Pub Charity
190 Taranaki Street, 6141 Wellington,
Phone: +64 (0)4 385 6100
The Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust