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Nature Play Academy has proudly partnered with the Centre for Ecological Learning to bring you Beetle Buddies in Bellingen!! This collaborative nature play workshop will run weekly during school terms and is open to children aged between 0-6yrs.... Join us on our nature play adventure every week and develop your child’s connection to nature! Our playgroup program is family friendly and runs for 2.5hrs during the school term.
The children will lead our sessions - which are mainly unstructured. Activities offered may include;
  • fire craft,
  • whittling,
  • shelter building,
  • nature craft,
  • exploration.
Children will have access to a variety of tools and can choose to participate in the activities or play freely. We encourage families to attend all of the planned playgroups each term to meet the forest school principle of frequent and regular sessions in a natural environment - We do however understand family life is busy and offer casual spaces when possible (subject to availability).


Beetle buddies runs for 2.5 hours each friday from 10am - 12.30pm, over 10 weeks during the school term.
There is a maximum of 20 children per session and a minimum of 10 children are required for a session to run.
We welcome casual visitors to the program - based on availability.
  • Friday 27th July
  • Friday 3rd August
  • Friday 10th August
  • Friday 17th August
  • Friday 24th August
  • Friday 31st August
  • Friday 7th September
  • Friday 14th September
  • Friday 21st September

$15 per child- per session: $135 for entire 9 week program - operating during school terms
Or $20 per family - $180 for 9 week program 
One off sessions are $20 per child or $25 per family. (Limited places available) Enrolment is a two step process
Step 1: Submit Enrolment form
Contact us at to receive your enrolment form or Families can register directly through CEL at:
An invoice will be sent with payment details.
Step 2: Pay Deposit
Pay deposit of two weeks fees to secure your child's spot in the program. Once payment is accepted you will receive confirmation of enrolment.
If already enrolled payment can be made via the drop down menu below, Please reference your last name.

Beetle Buddies
WILD CAMP (School Holidays)
  • Educators and Nature play enthusiasts
  • 1hr
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TOES IN MUD (Incursions)
  • Schools And Early Childhood Services
  • 2hrs - 6hrs
  • School or local wild space
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Please contact Erin: