Our Team

Nature Play QLD is proud of its small but dedicated team. Their backgrounds, skill sets and expertise vary greatly, but they are united by their passion for promoting outdoor play for children.

Meet our team

Meet the passionate people behind Nature Play QLD. If you would like to collaborate with us or are looking for advice on introducing nature play or outdoor learning to your centre or home we would love to hear from you.

Angela Wright

Program Manager

0488 171 383manager@natureplayqld.org.au

Contact for: new and ongoing partnerships and programs, speaker invitations.

Angela’s extensive experience in local government recreation and sport enabled her to grow her passion for planning, delivering and advocating for better outdoor recreation places, spaces, programs and services. A short stint in Sport and Recreation Qld projected her into the outdoor recreation policy area which greatly assisted in her return and ongoing career in local government. Angela worked for 17 years for Redland City Council in the City Spaces Group until her semi-retirement in 2017. She continued her voluntary work with Nature Play Qld (Nature Play Spaces Program) until 2019 when she returned to full timework to fill the enormous shoes left by Hyahno Moser, Program Manager for Nature Play QLD.

Rebecca Burch

Education Coordinator

0438 869 641education@natureplayqld.org.au

Contact for: Community engagement opportunities with the education sector, all education-based queries including Forest Learning and Outdoor Learning and related professional development, or interest in booking an Intro to Forest Learning Workshop at your centre.

Rebecca is a passionate advocate for nature play and its immense benefits to support holistic development and wellbeing. She is an educator who loves inspiring others; children, families and educators to play and learn with and in nature. Rebecca loves connecting with land and water and all the living things to learn about the world as a co-learner and collaborator with children. She has over 25 years experience teaching in education settings in rural areas, community based and has focused her work in Early Childhood services. She has a Forest School Leader qualification and is actively working in a nature program aligned with the principles of Forest School that delivers child led outdoor curriculum in Playgroup, Preschool and Primary settings. Rebecca has strong values of sustainability and believes we all can become environmental stewards through active citizenship in our communities.

Rebecca has vast experience supporting students and educators to embrace nature pedagogy and implement nature based learning environments in diverse program settings. She is devoted to sharing concepts of embedding nature in all aspects of education practices and teaching.

In her spare time, Rebecca likes to explore all the stunning scenery the hinterland has to offer in South East Queensland.

Anya Imhoff

Education Coordinator

education@natureplayqld.org.au

Contact for: Community engagement opportunities with the education sector, all education-based queries including Forest Learning and Outdoor Learning and related professional development, or interest in booking an Intro to Forest Learning Workshop at your centre.

Anya moved to Queensland from the UK in September 2015 with the desire to continue to use her knowledge and experience to promote greater opportunities for children to engage in outdoor nature play based learning.

Whilst completing a degree in Primary Education she developed a professional interest in the area of outdoor nature play provision and took her study into outdoor learning further completing her Master in Education. She later spent five years as an Early Years and Primary teacher, while also training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader. Anya has created on-site Forest School areas, coordinated a whole school/ community development towards increasing outdoor nature play learning opportunities and has supported and trained colleagues and parents in the importance of regular nature play opportunities. She has also managed and delivered Forest School programs in and out of term times both in a childcare setting and in local woodlands.

In her spare time Anya is thoroughly enjoying exploring and discovering all the outdoor beauty Queensland has to offer.

Rita Pontes

Education Team Support

0480 285 925educationteam@natureplayqld.org.au

Developing and delivering Nature Play and Loose Parts programs in school and public parks to 15000 kids per year was part of Rita's work and playground for the last 5 years as co-founder and director of 'Conscious Kids New Zealand - Little Seeds for a Better Future.' Rita Pontes has relocated to Queensland early last year with her family, looking to explore the amazing Australia's outdoors and build on her vision of promoting and facilitating Nature Unstructured Play, where children are given time and space to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment. Rita is a qualified Graphic Designer and supports the Education Team at Nature Play QLD in many roles, particularly the Bush Kindy Leader Course. Her multi-skill experience has also landed her a job as an educator at Gold Coast Bush Kindy. As a Nature Free Play advocate, she believes that anything taught in an indoor classroom can be taught outdoors, in ways that are more enjoyable for children.

Alex Brown

Education Facilitator

Building cubbies, making flying foxes, swings, building shelters, using tools and planting native trees are just a few activities in Alex‘s day at work.
Alex brown is a qualified and experienced Teacher and Bush Kindy Leader. She is the coordinator of Growing Coastal which is a holistic and inspirational learning program set in the coastal foreshore area of northern NSW. Alex has extensive knowledge on leading teams to support children to play and learn in the natural environment with strong community connections and partnerships. She has a passion for sustainability and supporting children to be independent and confident learners. Alex is part of Nature Play QLD team and facilitates our Bush Kindy Leader workshops alongside Rebecca, Anya and Rita.

Charlee Collins

Marketing and Communications Manager

0480 286 210marketing@natureplayqld.org.au

Contact for: public relations and opportunities to promote Nature Play QLD and passports queries.

With years of experience in marketing, content creation and videography, Charlee has a passion for storytelling and loves finding unique ways to engage with the community.

She believes that enjoying the great outdoors is a privilege, not only beneficial for the health and education of individuals, but also communities and ultimately our planet. In her spare time she can be found skating, playing roller derby, hiking, and exploring everything our wonderful Queensland has to offer – usually with a camera in hand.

Dawn Carnell

Office Manager

0417 494 706info@natureplayqld.org.au

Contact for: invoicing and financial queries, event and ticket bookings and general enquiries.

Dawn joined Outdoors Queensland in Nov 2021 and comes to us with a diverse background across a few industries. She has a strong administration background with 15 years in general admin roles and another 15 years in HR roles within the IT industry and community organizations like Esk Shire Council and Multicap. She felt like a sea change in 2007 and moved from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.

She completed a Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation that same year and then worked in the industry as an Outdoor Rec Instructor with several providers until late 2011 when she returned to Brisbane and HR roles. In 2017 Dawn had a career change and started driving buses for Brisbane City Council and enjoyed driving a 15m bus around the suburban and city streets of Brisbane before joining us.