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Christina Renowden (BK Consultant/ Ecologist)

Christina completed a Bachelor of Conservation Ecology with Honours and worked as a zoologist for over 10 years. She is currently studying a Master of Environment.  She has been running a Junior Nature Club for over 3 years in Melbourne and also runs outreach programs for kindergartens and primary schools such as 'Bug Detectives' and 'Fantastic Frogs'.  

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Natalie Cross (Director/ Bush Kindergarten Teacher)
Natalie is an advocate for children, families and the community.  She is currently teaching in Glen Eira and established Bush Kindergarten in 2016.  Natalie works with local schools, health professionals, early intervention therapists, bilingual workers and a range of other professional services to optimise outcomes in the critical stage of early learning and development.  She spends as much outside as possible, is qualified with a Master of Teaching (Early Years) and is passionate about connecting children to nature and their peers as a powerful means to stimulate creativity, social skills, emotional regulation and language development and many more educational outcomes.