Natural learning spaces

Creating natural areas for children, both within and beyond the school yard, has become integral to healthy childhood development; and issues related to decreased contact with and connection to nature have been well documented.

NRM Education supports sites to utilise their outdoor spaces as unique learning environments, as well as for natural play. When used for learning, outdoor spaces provide an authentic context for addressing multiple curriculum areas and enhancing student engagement. See below for more information and examples of how to link your outdoor learning spaces to the curriculum and into the enduring culture of your school.

Linking to the Australian Curriculum


Information packs


Fact sheets



Case studies

Be inspired by how other early learning sites and schools are creating and using natural learning spaces.

Related links

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges