Outdoor Parent & Toddler Groups

Would you like to spend more time outdoors and experience all type of weather and all seasons, and feel better for it? Foster a deep love of nature in your child, and learn a thing or two about trees, plants and animals yourself? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people, have chats around the campfire and relax under the trees? Gain some new skills like fire lighting and try out some natural crafts? Join a group that is as beneficial for the grown up as it is for the child?

Welcome to our outdoor parent & toddler groups!


Although Into Nature was only founded in October 2019, we have been running outdoor parent & toddler groups since early 2014, when our director Britta co-founded Little Owls with some fellow mums. It all started with a dream to provide play meet ups for children and their parents, not in a village hall but in the great outdoors, making the most of the learning opportunities and benefits that nature offers. Over the years, Little Owls become part of Nature Connections, and Britta then went on to co-found Into Nature.

We currently run two weekly groups:

  • Mondays: Little Explorers Toddler Forest School at Hailey Wood near Cirencester
  • Thursdays: Tree Tots Toddler Forest School at the Rodborough Scout Activity Site off Kingscourt Lane, Stroud

The groups give parents/carers and their children the opportunity to meet, explore and play in the great outdoors. Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone there yet – you’ll soon make new friends.

Our outdoor parent & toddler groups are suitable for children between 18 months and 4 years; younger siblings are very welcome, too (we recommend slings but all our sites are suitable for off road buggies) and free of charge under 18 months.

The sessions are a mixture of guided activities and free play for which we have a range of resources on hand to spark the children’s imagination. Over the course of the term we do mud play, walks, stories, wild art, bug hunting, campfire cooking, simple woodwork and generally having a lovely, relaxing time surrounded by nature – good for body and soul, for children and grown ups alike.

We offer discounts for block booking and childminders; please get in touch if you would like to enquire about this.

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