OUR TEAM

 

We’re a small team, driven by our passion to get kids outside. We love to share stories and ideas with each other over good coffee. We’re dreamers, who unashamedly romanticise about changing the world.

 

We love connecting with people at our events and the sound of children at play. We guess you could say, we love what we do, and the organisation we work for.

 

While you may know us as the fluro-clad, [hopefully] smiling [not too frazzled] staff at events, we also have an important role to play in promoting change beyond the grass roots level. We’re passionate about advocating at a local and state government level for more programs, initiatives, and spaces that assist families and education sites engage in outdoor play. And, we support groundbreaking research that strengthens the nature play movement.

 

We’re friendly, approachable and love a good chat, so when you see us at an event say, “hi”, tell us what nature play adventures you’ve been up to, or just let us know that you’ve had a great time. We look forward to meeting you.

 

This is us:

Sarah Sutter

CEO

Sarah is a qualified teacher, former Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, and mum of two school-aged children who can always be found scaling up the tallest trees. Sarah’s role is to lead our team and advocate for change across all levels of government, the business community, and with any association or group to ensure nature play is on everyone’s agenda.

 

“My fondest childhood memory was my time spent with my family at our shack at Black Point on the Yorke Peninsula where our summer holidays were filled with exploring the reef, fishing, snorkelling and just being free. Us kids would disappear into the sandhills and make cubbies for hours.”

Jason Tyndall

Support Manager

Jason is an artist and dad of one spirited little girl, whose favourite past time is making stew for the ‘Gruffalo’ in her backyard. His career started in environmental management, but has always enjoyed working with people, which saw him move into environmental education. Joining the nature play movement was a natural progression. He travels around the state undertaking workshops for education sites and local government.

 

“I remember spending a lot of time at the local creek catching yabbies’ and wandering for what seemed like hours. We’d walk along the creek until we found a section that we thought we could jump – so we all gave it a go and most of the time we made it!”

Claire Lock

Events & Social Media Manager

Claire is a bibliophile, weaver, and mum of two adventurous school-aged children who love exploring the natural world, finding new pathways to wander, and things to discover. Much of Claire’s career has been in environmental management and since having her children she has developed a passion for connecting children with nature. She coordinates our events (and enjoys adding new creative elements to each one!) and also builds our online tribe as manager of our social media.

 

One of my fondest memories was as a teenager camping on an Island off Yorke Peninsula. One morning we travelled by boat to explore a nearby coastal cave, mooring a distance offshore for two girls and I to swim the remainder of the way. The water was deep and clear, we could see marine life moving on the bottom of the ocean floor, and I remember feeling simultaneously awed by the environment but so exposed in the wide expanse of ocean.”

Tarnya Temme

Membership Coordinator

Tarnya is an experienced marketer, customer service provider, and mum to three school-aged children constantly on the lookout for new adventures. Tarnya believes that playing outside in nature is a vital part to health and wellbeing and actively embraces opportunities for her family to get active in nature. She coordinates our membership programs and our small online shop.

 

“As a child I remember spending time with family and friends along the Murray River either at the family shack, on a houseboat or camping. We spent hours water skiing, fishing, exploring, and swinging off old tires in the water.”

Narrah Zollo

Executive Assistant

Narrah is a soon-to-be qualified educator, garden enthusiast and mum of two adventurous girls who love tending to their produce-rich garden. Narrah has always played an active volunteer role in her school community helping write grants, fund raise and establish playgroups. Narrah provides administrative support to our strategic directions managing correspondence with our Board and membership organisations.

Bec Hall

School Support Manager

Bec is a qualified teacher, professional photographer and mum to four wild wonders who are constantly seeking out the raw beauty and intrigue of the natural world. Bec is passionate about teaching her little ones to tread lightly on the earth and be ‘remarkably brave and ceaselessly wonder’. Bec manages our incursion and excursion program.

 

“When I was very young my parents were part of a scuba club. We would go on big dive trips to strange remote beaches. There was one at Nora Creina with roaring wind and seaweed piled in towers high above my head. We made caves in the seaweed and pretended we were explorers.”

Julie Slaghekke

Operations Manager

Julie has a passion for cooking and mum to three grown-up children who love hearing about their mum’s desire to make mud pies, have tea parties in a bush cubby and jump in puddles. She has worked in senior administrative and marketing roles in both private enterprise and the public service and brings many years of experience to our team. An organizer by nature, Julie loves providing the best service she can to anyone she deals with. Julie coordinates our annual conference, regional and Adelaide-based workshops, and drives much of our communication with our Board and Member organisations.

 

“As kids we grew up on a farm with massive pine trees – mum would always tell us not to climb too high, but most of the time we got to the top – or at least until the branches started swaying in the breeze!”

Hayley Corston

Educator

Hayley is a qualified teacher and mum to school-aged children who are always up for any adventure that involves climbing and exploring. Having been an Outdoor Educator for many years Hayley believes that all children are capable and competent in whatever ventures they pursue and is passionate about connecting kids, families and educators to nature so it’s fun and inspiring. Her passion is to get teachers to teach outside the four walls to engage a richer learning experience. Hayley runs our incursions and excursions.

 

“I remember spending hours exploring the rock pools of Pt Souttar in Yorke Penisula collecting weird and wonderful treasures finishing our days telling stories around bon fires.”