Nature-based activities in and around Perth and the south-west

Looking for ideas for getting your kids outdoors? There are a number of opportunities providing the community with unique, enjoyable activities that help participants discover marvellous natural areas in and around Perth and the south-west. Specially designed activities are offered for schools, holiday periods and the general public.

There are several organisations that offer a range of nature-based activities.

Nearer to Nature activities. Photo: Nearer to Nature

Nearer to Nature’s overall aim is to increase the community’s environmental awareness, knowledge and skills, including the related heritage of Indigenous and European cultures.

For schools Nearer to Nature provides excursions, incursions, professional learning and resources that meet requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

During the school holidays, fun, hands-on activities bring kids of all ages up close and personal with WA’s wonderful plants and animals in some very special places.

Check out all the education and community programs here.



Educated by Nature activities. Photo: Educated by Nature

Educated by Nature provides learning experiences in a variety of natural spaces across Perth, Western Australia, to facilitate connection to self, nature and community. These connections develop children’s resilience, confidence, physical skills, curious minds and playful spirits; equipping them for a healthy and happy life.

Their programs came be found here.





Cubbytown, an annual Nature Play event. Photo: Nature Play

Nature Play WA is a collaborative organisation working with partner groups to encourage the WA community to value nature play and families to prioritise it in children’s lives. The organisation’s primary role is to spread the nature play message and to work to increase access to nature play resources, events and programs.

It is founded on the understanding that unstructured play outdoors (nature play) is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood. Nature play is, of itself, an intrinsic good and from it flow benefits in health, cognitive, social and emotional development and in the building of resilience and creativity. Experience in nature as a child also leads to environmental stewardship later in life.

Nature Play WA runs events all year long and details can be found on their website.