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Cottonwood Learning


Holistic learning through play and connection with nature



the Mums, dads, Grandparents and carers

Cottonwood Learning is an all weather outdoor nature play program based on self directed play and inquiry learning. Children are given opportunities for deep play and nature immersion which fosters growth in body, mind and spirit.

Children and families build connections in the community with like-minded families. It is an nature play program that prioritises wellbeing and nurtures relationships and the wonderous journey of parenthood.

Our coastal communities are abundant with unique nature spaces that provides rich learning experiences and supports children’s holistic development.

Experience the difference, Cottonwood Learning supports wellbeing through nature play on the Gold Coast.


the little ones

We get children back outdoors in nature, growing and thriving through an authentic childhood.

An unhurried childhood where children have time to just be, time to explore. Time to play and learn at their own pace. Time to engage and interact with the natural world in authentic ways. A childhood in nature that nurtures, heals and grows their bodies, mind and spirit.

A place where children make memories of jumping in puddles, climbing trees, looking for bugs, making potions, constructing bushcraft and creations with nature. A time for imagination, getting muddy, rolling down hills, building cubby houses and making new adventures everyday.

It’s a time each week where children experience a sense of wonder and awe in our natural world and follow their curiosities to enjoy the magic and beauty it offers. It’s a time for explorations and discovery and connecting to country in our community.

A place to connect, with oneself, with family and friends, strengthening our relationships with others. A place to build strong foundations for learning and life.

Cottonwood Learning fosters children’s wellbeing through an active, connected nature program of meaningful experiences.



on our adventures

Our nature sessions are

  • an all weather outdoor program

  • facilitated by nature play educators

  • unique and authentic nature experiences

  • time for play and connection

  • to support wellbeing for children and families

  • learn about country in our local communities

  • founded on nature pedagogy and "Bush Kindy" philosophical approach

  • weekly sessions during school terms

  • extra programs in school holiday times

  • located in Currumbin, Tugun and Elanora

  • nature playgroups for children 0-4 years

  • nature kindy sessions for children 3-5 years

  • nature unschool sessions for children 5-10 years

  • Holiday sessions and kids activities on the Gold Coast


We honour our First Nations people, their wisdom, their stories, history and culture.

We wish to acknowledge the custodians of the land on which we meet, play and learn, the people of the Yugambeh region of South East Queensland. We pay respects to the Elders of the community, past and present and the emerging leaders in our youth today.

Cottonwood Learning is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society. Contact Us to explore and learn more about forest school with us.

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