We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive across South Australia. And, this much-needed backing continues to grow.

There are many wonderful people and organisations who help us achieve our goals, and better support you.


Our Board


A key part of our governance structure is our Board who are made up of industry professionals, they provide support and guidance on our direction as a not-for-profit organisation and share our passion for making the outdoor play in nature an every day part of children’s lives:


John Shultz (Chair)


John is the Group Executive Director, Partnership & Stewardship and Director of National Parks for the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources.  John has a background in viticulture, horticulture and conservation and land management and was previously Head of Gardens, Adelaide Botanic Gardens before moving into leadership roles in Natural resource management and National Parks.  His current role includes responsibility for 8 state regions administering 8 NRM Boards, the department’s fire management program, investigations and compliance unit and volunteer and visitor services.



Julieann Riedstra


Julieann is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Department for Education and Child Development.  Julianne has a background in finance and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.  She has over 25 years experience in the SA public sector in finance, corporate services and infrastructure roles and has served on a number of government and private sector Boards.  Julieann is currently also the Vice President of the Royal Zoological Society of SA



Our Ambassador


Our Ambassador plays a role in promoting our message and promoting the hard work that our team and broader community are achieving.


Sophie Thomson

Sophie is a passionate gardener and shares her knowledge and expertise whenever possible.  Sophie has written several books, and regularly writes for magazines and the Sunday mail on all things gardening.  She presents often at events and enjoys providing horticultural consultations on many SA gardens.  Sophie is mum to 5 children and in her spare time tends to her own 3 acres of organic garden, Hamlyn cottage in the Adelaide hills and the menagerie of animals that share her home and family.


“Creating a backyard where children can enjoy free play, connect with nature and learn to grow some of their own food is sowing a seed for their future health, wellbeing and happiness as well as the future health of the planet.”

-Sophie Thomson