At Nature Explorers School, we believe that every child is unique with specific gifts. As such the approach to teaching them also has to be tailored. Our experienced coaches will engage each child through a customised scaffolding method to facilitate their learning. We allow children to trust and hone their instincts to take calculated risks, while observing them with a watchful eye. We let children take the lead to solve nature-based challenges and ask open-ended questions to encourage creative solutions. By igniting their curiosity and playing to their strengths, children gain confidence and develop an overall positive outlook of life.
Please give me time to experience my world. Let me smell the rain, touch a tree, hear the birds and see the sunset. So that when I read and write about those words, I will truly understand what they mean.
Nature Explorer School adopts a holistic teaching approach, imparting knowledge of flora, fauna, survival skills, science of how things work, history and geography of the land, improving their emotional intelligence, understanding their emotions, as well as developing musical and linguistic skills. We are able to achieve this because nature provides endless scenarios that could never be planned for in a normal classroom.
In today’s fast pace world, children have less time to absorb and digest information. A period of 2.5 hours a week is recommended for children to find themselves, recollect their thoughts and engage in activities they are keen on. Our sessions factor sufficient time for children to settle in, discuss the day's activities before the learning process and magic begins. There is a sequence in how each session unfolds and children are calm as they know they have ample time.
Safety is at the core of Nature Explorers School. As experienced professionals, we know that children learn best when they are in a safe space so that they can be allowed to explore freely without too much adult intervention. Being outdoors implies that risks cannot be removed totally; however we perform safety assessments before each class to minimise known risk. Our coaches must comply with stringent Health and Safety guidelines, which includes medical, equipment and incident procedures.
Each lesson is conducted by a certified Level 3 Forest School Leader with valid child first aid qualifications. Children are involved in safety assessments so that they learn responsibility for their safety and that of their friends. Nature Explorers School has undertaken insurance policies that cover children attending our sessions.
There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing
Founder and Lead Coach Jenson Ong
I have been passionate about nature and the outdoors since my youth, cultivating these interest through my stints as a Scout and an Infantry Officer. To pursue my passion, I attended overseas jungle survival trips and discovered the Forest School philosophy. I attended the Forest School Leader training provided by Forest School Learning Initiative, based in England. It was a revelatory experience and I soaked up the information and training provided. Its ethos made complete sense and moved me so much that I decided to start Nature Explorers School (NES) as I was convinced of the benefits of a child-led approach to learning. It also shifted my paradigm in how I raise my three young children.
Building on my customer-centric approach from my previous career in travel and tourism industries which included overseas stints in India and Australia, I have always derived joy from simply helping others. I aim to touch the lives of our next generation and help them realise their potential.
Coach Liz Liu
During my first Forest School session, I found myself wondering “Where was this when I was their age?” It was a joy to see kids in their own elements; they were leading the way and solving their own problems through play and natural interactions with each other. I believe Forest School provides a space for children to learn about themselves and explore their interests freely.
I have learnt a lot from Nature. I think observing her processes and intricate mechanisms can teach us a lot about how to live and find a deeper sense of purpose beyond the walls we have built. I hope to pass that desire to connect with our natural environment on to the younger folks.
Currently, I also work as an Urban Farming educator.
Coach Lehana Guo
It is fascinating to watch a child grow from one that is fearful of the scary outdoors into one that embraces all aspects of it, from playing in muddy puddles, catching tadpoles, to studying creepy crawlies in earnest.
The role as a NES Coach has pushed me/us to devise creative ‘building’ and playing methods as we explores mud-painting, den building, obstacles forming and many more. I believe that each session that we conduct goes beyond just the transferring of knowledge but also builds up a child’s confidence, collaboration ability and creativity. Although I am a coach, what the child glean from a session, I glean too.
Currently, I am also a freelance Landscape Architect and a part-time lecturer in Landscape Architecture.
Coach Maisarah Sulaiman
I've been an outdoor enthusiast since my Secondary School days. Being a vice-captain of the Outdoor Adventure Club (ODAC) had taught me basic survival techniques which I'm glad to put some of that knowledge to use again at NES. Currently I'm also a tutor which helps me to understand how to engage children better.
I enjoy the sessions at NES as it allows me to be close to and appreciate nature, something which many of us have become ignorant of due to our hectic lives. I love working with kids as their wild natural playful ways would somehow make my day.