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

General 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!”

Tristelle Ruiz

Digital and Marketing Executive

Tristelle is an experienced Marketer with the non for profit industry and children’s products and a Mum to two young children who keep her on her toes! She is a firm believer that there is nothing like experiencing  the true joy and calmness that nature brings to the mind. Tristelle is busy coordinating all our marketing activities and running the wonderful online tribe as manager of our social media.

 

One of my favourite memories as a child was our January holidays to Victor Harbour at Adare Caravan Park. We would all build a huge cubby house under the big Moreton Bay Fig tree as well go and explore everything that nature had to offer!

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 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.

“Being an urban kid, one of my fondest memories is tearing around the neighbourhood on my bike with my mate Danny. We were probably around 10 years old, dragging our bikes in and out of storm drains, looking for abandoned buildings and holes in fence lines. We stayed out as long as we could, without adult supervision, making judgement calls and taking calculated risks. The memory of that thrill of the wind whipping across my cheeks, adrenalin pumping, masters of our universe, still brings a smile to my face.” 

Maria Taylor

Manager Education

Maria has 20 years teaching experience and a Master’s in Education. She has worked in a range of local and international educational settings within Early Learning and Primary education. Her teaching career has seen her travel the globe to explore ways educators from all walks of life inspire and connect with students.

A combined love of adventure, trekking and travel and connecting with cultures and schools worldwide, has taken her all over the world; up
mountains, down rapids and across glens.

Maria has two young children who love to discover their own wild places, make potions in the back yard and collect eggs from their chooks.

Maria is passionate about building relationships with children and families, educational research and sharing evidence of great practice in education. As is her mission to inspire and support others to connect with nature and facilitate authentic outdoor learning opportunities for all students.

 

“One of my fondest childhood memories is of playing around the cliffs of Kingston Park and Seacliff and feeling like a real explorer. My Brother, Sister and I ran around for hours on end exploring the goat tracks, building cubbies and running free. We always finished our adventures off with sharing some of Nanna’s best cake at the Tjilbruke lookout. I remember feeling like I had the world at my feet. We now live close enough to make that part of our childrens’ every day story and take all of our friends on the same adventures.”

Jodee Dellow

Events Manager

Jodee is a nature loving mum to 4 adventurous children who love exploring in the Adelaide Hills. Her children are often found building cubbies, making flying foxes, collecting and identifying native seeds and nuts and planting trees on the family property. As a passionate events manager with over 10 years experience in the industry, Jodee brings her love for events, play based learning and the great outdoors to the Nature Play SA team.

 

As a child I grew up on the Murray River. My 3 sisters and I spent many hours exploring the backwaters; we would canoe, yabby and fish for hours. One of my fondest memories of being a Murray River child was learning to water ski at an early age, the feeling of being on the water behind the boat made me feel like I was flying through the water. I now love to see the joy and happiness on my children’s faces when we take family trips to the Mighty Murray.

Candice Gray

Executive Assistant

Candice has experience in retail Management and Marketing and is a mum to two school aged children with whom she is off on an adventure at any opportunity.

Summer days are always spent at the beach (Port Noarlunga) snorkelling, paddle boarding and exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula.

 

“It’s hard to remember a childhood memory that wasn’t outside. My parents would take me and my sister camping over the school holidays. Dad would always find somewhere off the beaten track, set up camp in the middle of nowhere and we would live off the land for the next two weeks. Nature was our playground and it provided me and my sister with endless opportunities and adventures. Never once did we think about the world we left behind, we were just living for the moment from sun up to sun down.”

Erica Gurner

Schools Officer

Erica coordinates our incursion and excursion program. She is an adventurer and lover of all things outdoors, from adventure sports to gardening to art making in nature. Erica is a qualified teacher, outdoor educator and therapeutic outdoor worker and has spent as much time working in community health and education as she has in natural environments. She passionately believes that we need all people young and old to feel and recognise the essential role nature plays in our happiness and wellbeing.

 

As a kid we spent nearly as much time in a tent with my dad at Yorke Peninsula as we did in a house! Drives with mum were routinely interrupted with ‘biology breaks’ in which she would get us out the car on the side of the road to look at a plant that caught her eye and have us recite their botanical names.