Celia Hogan, Nature Play Specialist from the South Island, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Celia Hogan is passionate about getting children outdoors and into Nature.

She is a strong advocate for child led play, nature play, risky play, building resilience, and improving mental health and well-being through nature.


Celia originally studied outdoor recreation and adult education. For the past 20 years she has worked for a variety of outdoor education and personal development organisations. Celia works hard to change the face of education in New Zealand.

She led a petition on the steps of parliament to enable full time nature-based kindergartens to start in New Zealand and her personal goal is to see every child spending at least 3 hours outside every day.

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To make this happen she runs professional development training, workshops and conferences for teachers and educators to boost their confidence and help them to get outside every day. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and has survived a variety of crisis’ both professionally and personally to give some real depth to her conversations and believes mindset matters.

‘You are so amazing and taught us so much and made me feel more confident about exploring more in an outdoor environment’ Kayla, ECE teacher

Celia is a natural and welcoming speaker and manages to juggle speaking engagements, running her Bush Kindy sessions for pre-schoolers and their whanau and taking her own kids on mini adventures in nature.

You can find Celia through ‘little kiwis nature play‘ and ‘The Nature Play Conference.’


‘Very comprehensive and hands on practical ideas to take back to my classroom. Celia you are very inspiring. Thank you for your relaxed and friendly presentation. Most enjoyable’

– Kathy, Primary school teacher

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