Founded in 2016, the HK Forest Adventures (formally known as the HK Forest Kindergarten) is an outdoor nature-based developmental program for Children. We specialize in taking toddlers and young children, into the Forest to play. We are an "all-weather" activities company, meaning we play outside regardless of the weather, if it's hot we play in the water! If it rains, we play in the mud and the puddles. Our activities are child-led and not program or curriculum driven. We are 100% play focused.
Connect with Nature. Develop Confidence & Courage. Build Character.
It's a time to connect with nature and learn about the natural wonders in Hong Kong. Through play, our kids learn to be confident, independent, curious, creative, prudent, persistent and courageous, and they develop many more character strengths. It is a time to relax and unwind.
An All-Weather Adventure
It is an all-weather adventure; we mostly play outside regardless of the elements. If it's hot we play in the water! If it rains, we play in the mud and the puddles. And if it's cold we dress-up warm and run around.
Child-Directed & Play-Based
Our sessions are child-led and we are 100% play focused. We do not follow a particular curriculum.
Small Class Size with Highly Qualified Teachers
We keep our classes small with a maximum of 8-12 kids so that our experienced early childhood educators can attend to your child's developmental needs. Learn more about our team of superhero teachers here.
Each class has at least two teachers: one English speaking teacher, and one Cantonese speaking teacher.
Meet The Team
We have passionate and experienced staff, who all bring unique expertise to the team.
Not only are they beloved by all children, but by the parents too.
Danie is brilliant with children and one of the very best early childhood educators in Hong Kong and around the world.
He grew up in South Africa on a farm where he hardly ever wore shoes and played outside as often and as long as he possibly could. As a child, he dreamed about being stranded on an Island like Robinson Crusoe, or running away from home and having similar adventures as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
He is a carpenter by trade and horse-trainer by profession. He has taught, traveled and worked with children and young people in over 50 countries of the World for the last 27 years.
Diana has more than 30 years of teaching at kindergartens, including Victoria Kindergarten where she was the Vice-Principal of its Shanghai branch. She also has extensive experience in curriculum design. When Victoria Kindergarten first set up its branches in Shanghai, she helped to localize the Hong Kong curriculum and trained the local teachers on project approach teaching.
She is passionate about working with young children, and thus has partnered with Danie to start HK Forest Adventures.
Jen has been working with kids in Hong Kong for over 20 years. She grew up in New Zealand where she could usually be found catching lizards or at the top of a tree. She is on a mission to bring barefoot, outdoor play to kids everywhere!
Veronika moved to Hong Kong from the Czech Republic for one year, and 6 years later she is still here. She studied education for her degrees and is a big fan of Summer hill and self-directed education. She misses green hills and high mountains a lot, so she regularly spends several days per year in a forest cottage, without electricity, just with a campfire and open sky.
Paul has 30 years of experience working in outdoor education and being an adventurer. He grew up in inner-city Liverpool UK at the age of 12 I was venturing up to Scotland and to North Wales on adventures.
His specialties are mountaineering, survival, and bushcraft.
Paul is also a sporting soul, he competed in multisport and sailing races.
He is a true nature lover, and he is driven to pass on his love of nature and being outdoors to the younger generations, as he believes we all should be in touch with nature, as it brings the best out of people.
Paul dislikes aircon and central heating and would rather have windows open 24/7, even in the coldest winters! He always says, if it's raining put a coat on, if it’s really pouring, put your hood up!