Interacting with natural environments through sensory and imagination based play

Natural Play

“Play is the work of the child” ~ Maria Montessori

“The more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves” ~ Roald Dahl

Children love to play…and we love to design and build natural spaces for them to do just that. There is a growing body of evidence that proves that if children play in nature and environments where they take more risk, the benefits are endless.

Their gross motor and cognitive skills are enriched and their immune systems are strengthened. But most of all, their love of nature starts now so they can become caretakers of the earth.

The nature play movement has grown in recent years and many education facilities have taken bold moves to remove old playgrounds and replace them with natural play environments; playgrounds with mounds, sandpits, handpumps, watercourses, digging patches rocks and logs. All are now apart of the playgrounds we design and build, encouraging a place for children to play, investigate and learn.

“The children and nature movement is fuled by this fundemental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the earth are inseperable”

“we have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is whole”

Richard Louv

Author, "The Last Child in the Woods"

As a Commercial Nature Play Landscape and Construction business we can help you put your ideas onto paper and eventually on the ground.

We have helped many schools, ELC’s and council spaces to design their concepts and build them into an inspiring reality for children to explore. Our aim is is to inspire outdoor play, to encourage risk taking and to develop our children’s ability to connect with the earth.

With the world in its current state we all know how quickly our world can change and its because of this that our play spaces have become even more important to us. These spaces help teach future Australians how to explore nature, how to nurture the earth and how to respect it.

We can aid our clients in redesigning existing play spaces, designing and building new space’s and even providing flat pack service’s of our play structures. We not only provide our clients with industry level experience but an array of design features that can be incorporated into the play space, from music walls, to creek beds to fairy gardens and everything in between. The sky is the limit to our imaginations and we pride ourselves on delivering unique, functional and nurturing play environments, bringing clients dreams to reality.  

If you would like to discuss your school or community, please contact Rachel on 8164 5391 to discuss how we can help you.

Our philosophy encompasses that of many educators, researchers, authors and institutions, we believe that while technology is incredible in all its advancements and possibilities, nature is the worlds greatest education tool. 

We believe in developing children’s minds through creativity, exposure to risk and through a connection with nature.

“our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to sustain the instinctive connections they already carry.”

~ Terry Krautwurst

Our mission is to aid and encourage the entire community to connect with nature, we aim to make an impact on all of those that experience our spaces, that they walk away with an appreciation of the environment they were in. 

Nature play is any activity that gets children active or thinking actively outdoors, with the end goal of building skills and ability to play without the need for parental or adult control. This can be in any setting, so long as it’s outdoors” ~ Nature Play QLD

Nature play focus on the building of experience, skill, observation, consideration and understanding within an outdoor environment. It aims to allow children to drive their education, to ask questions, to observe their surroundings, to engage their senses and to evaluate/ encourage risk.

Risk is a common topic of discussion when referring to nature play, the concept aims to allow children to make their own assessment of risk themselves, providing a sense of responsibility and subsequently an understanding of the consequences of their actions, good and bad, as they make their own assessment of the situation. 

While nature play specifically encourages learning and physical activity, nature its self provides extensive resources, comfort and teachings to all humans. 

Being outdoors and amongst nature has been found to relieve stress, improve peoples sense of connection with one another and themselves, reduce blood pressure and heart rate, improve mental illness and increase peoples sense of joy and overall happiness. 

Being amongst nature not only provides us with all these benefits but it also solidifies an appreciation and desire to protect and nurture our environment, after all nature is the foundation of our existence, we must provide future Australians with all the knowledge and appreciation for the earth they need in order to protect our sacred land. 


Nature Play SA is a dedicated organisation providing extensive resources, insight and references to all nature play concepts. 

There are state wide offices all over the country providing an array of resources and services, if you are interstate feel free to look up your local nature play organisation and ask for local companies to help with any projects. 

As for South Australians you may like to refer to their website for more info about nature play in general or any services/ resources that they provide. 


Dirtwork Landscapes would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of Country, and recognise their relationship and connection with the land, waters and people. We respect and thank Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders cultures; elders past and present for the land we work and live on.