Each week this year, Anderson’s Bay School pupils have spent an afternoon in nature.
Teacher Lizzie Potter said the pupils could roam the bush in Cameron Park, near the school.
They swung from trees with ropes and sheets, hunted for bugs, jumped over creeks, and played different games while being supervised by teachers and parents.
Mrs Potter said the pupils thrived in nature as they could take risks and be creative.
“They love the space,” she said.
“They love the freedom.”
The play sessions allowed them to get out of their comfort zone and work together, she said.
The pupils have also used ink pads and tunnels to track wildlife.
They hoped to next year embark on weed eradication and a native tree-planting project with the Dunedin City Council and Department of Conservation.
Pupil Ashton Tangney (8) said he liked playing on the rope swing and jumping over the creek.
Josh Keogh (8) enjoyed climbing trees and exploring the bush.