About the secret garden learning

Nature connection for every child, everywhere


"Every child needs nature. Not just the ones whose parents appreciate nature. Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities. Every child." Richard Louv

With its roots in Forest School Leadership and play-centred learning in the Early Years, The Secret Garden Learning’s mission to make every childhood a nature-connected one. As a social enterprise, community connection, education and wellbeing is at the heart of every Secret Garden Learning project. Through creative outdoor play sessions for children with their grown-ups, online courses and helpful resources for both parents and practitioners, The Secret Garden Learning makes it easy to capture and create quality nature-connected learning for the children in your world, wherever you live.

About Amy

While gazing out of the window from her desk at a global publishing company in 2010, it struck Amy that she would rather be outside. Shortcut past a Forest School Leader qualification, a primary PGCE specialising in Early Years, teaching Nursery and Reception classes in two Ofsted-Outstanding primary schools and founding a nature-centred childcare setting that was judged ‘outstanding in all areas’ at its first Ofsted inspection, and today Amy shares her passion for nature-centred early learning with families and practitioners every day through events, courses and consulting. As well as volunteering with over 30 environmental projects (and counting), Amy has worked on projects for the UK Government’s Department for Education and Lancashire County Council. Her favourite thing to do is collecting seaglass on the beach near her home in Morecambe Bay with her husband Phil and their daughter.

Amy has a wealth of knowledge, especially when it comes to learning in nature. She had inspired my childminding journey from the beginning.”

Carly, childminder


Love where you live! Unlocking the wild wonders in your existing environment is central to The Secret Garden Leaning's events, training and resources


We all learn best when we're having fun, whatever our age! Play is at the heart of every Secret Garden Learning event, and powers every course and resource


The Secret Garden Learning operates on the belief that we must give back more than we take to truly see our environment, wildlife and communities thrive


All training, resources, and events are designed with 15 years' experience of creating outstanding nature-focused learning for young children

We are nature

A nature-connected childhood is the best gift we can give our children. Let's make it easy!