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about us

Wildlings has been leading the way in connecting children and families with the natural world through our tropical outdoor education centre in Singapore since 2019.

We created Wildlings in response to a lack of of opportunities for children to play freely and safely in truly natural spaces in Singapore. It seemed that every space had pathways, and rules, and someone telling us that letting our child run barefoot, climb a tree, or play in the rain would be bad for them, the very activities we spent our childhoods doing back home in the UK. 

In Singapore, most of the loose parts that make nature fascinating for children are cleaned away and considered unsightly, such as a pile of leaves, fallen seedpods or sticks, sharp or otherwise. When out and about in nature with our young children the rules demanded we stay on the pathway, didn't touch, didn't connect, and didn't play. We once took a picnic mat and sat amongst the trees and were told by an official that 'camping' wasn't allowed!

However, in the last few years things have changed in Singapore, partly due to the change that Wildlings is driving forward. Wildlings exists to provide spaces where children and families can do these things as part of a normal childhood. Spaces where kids can dig, get muddy, swing from a tree, find a worm, pick the plants, catch a tadpole..... with the support of our passionate Forest School staff, community, and landlords. 

The Forest Schools ethos guides much of what we do and provides a framework to get children and families back outdoors, active, connecting with nature, and fostering the next stewards of our planet. These are children who have been allowed to develop their love, curiosity, connection, and memories as part of a natural childhood with wellbeing at its heart. 

 

Its a childhood away from screens and sterilised indoor environments - welcome to Wildlings!

" The wild world is becoming so remote to children that they miss out – and an interest in the natural world doesn’t grow as it should. Nobody is going to protect the natural world unless they understand it." Sir David Attenborough

"I enjoyed the slowness of pace of just being outside, genuinely discovering nature and being free to explore and being able to take a step back"

"Reconnection with nature, letting go, resourcefulness, natural risk taking, and inventiveness are all things I appreciate from what you’ve done"

Our Team

 

Our superstar team at Wildings is made up of people who have a passion for the environment, sustainability, childhood development, arts & crafts and all things outdoorsy. Their rich and diverse experiences create the perfect mix to build our community for learning, nurture the heart within each child and establish everything 'Forest Schools' as the norm within Singapore.

Team
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Claire Seabrook
MSc Environmental Science, Forest School Leader Level 3
Founder & Forest Schools Specialist

Environmental scientist, nature enthusiast, Forest School Leader and Mum of two wonderful Wildlings children.

 

Claire is passionate about nature, child development and child-led learning through play and inspired by the great outdoors and the wonderful Green School in Bali. Claire loves nothing more than to watch a bunch of kids jumping into the mud hole at Wildlings!

 

Claire is the Founder and CEO of Wildlings. 

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Julie Woods
BA Political Science 
Operations Director, Forest School Leader 

Julie is a mum of two teenage boys and grew up in the US, in New England on the Atlantic coast. Some of her happiest memories are all outdoors: climbing trees and building forts, camping, jumping into leaf piles in fall, sledding and skiing, fishing in the Atlantic, hunting for salamanders and frogs, gardening, etc! 

Julie enjoys reading, gardening, skiing, playing tennis, cooking, and is a certified yoga teacher. She believes we stay young if we stay curious and breath deeply!

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Su Lyn Ng
MSc in Accounting & Finance, Bachelor of Commerce 
Business Manager

A renewable energy investment banker in her previous life and a mom of two young ones, Su Lyn believes that reconnecting children with nature at an early age is integral to developing a love and respect for the environment and the key to building a sustainable future. 

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Syaz Roslee
Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Learning
Camp Manager

Syaz is passionate about animal welfare and joins us from ACRES where she spent her days rescuing wildlife and amassing a wonderful knowledge of snakes. 

Syaz is our resident wildlife expert and takes care of our chickens and insects between running our programmes and sharing her passion with the next generation. 

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Zhulhilmi 'Zhul' Bin Abdul Rashid
BA Communication Design
Landscape Gardener and Forest School Leader 

A proud uncle and a music lover, Zhul graduated with a BA in Communication Design. Realising a passion for the outdoors, sustainability, and our planet, Zhul gained knowledge and skills as a landscape gardener managing a popular community garden near to Dempsey. 

Zhul joined Wildlings full time in December 2020 and has been instrumental in the development of our Forest School site. Zhul leads Forest School sessions with younger children on Wednesdays and Saturdays. and hosts many of our customer's birthday parties. 

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Kathleen Corner
BEd (Early Childhood Education) , BA (Sons) in Applied Linguistics
Schools Coordinator & Forest School Leader

Kathy is a mum and passionate outdoor education advocate. Kathy has extensive experience as an educator in South Africa and Singapore. She is wild about the earth and all things growing on it!

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Eve Labine
B.Ed (in progress)
Forest School Leader 

Eve is a mum of 3 and founder and Head Coach of Kidmando, which runs outdoor active classes for kids focussing on Fundamental Movement Skills. Her upbringing in Canada seeded in her a love for nature and playing outside, something she is passionate about helping to grow in children.   

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Liz Nelson-Tan
B.Ed Bachelor of Education
Outdoor Educator and Marketing

Liz is a dedicated and internationally seasoned educator with over a decade of experience in diverse environments, from jungle huts to online classrooms! Liz is a mum to two little Wildlings and has recently moved to Singapore from Thailand. 

Liz is passionate about fostering nature connection and outdoor learning, she enjoys yoga and sound healing. 

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Stella Soon
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Outdoor Educator and Forest School Leader (in training)

Stella's love of the outdoors started when she was a girl guide where she often camped outdoors, used knots and lashes and cooked on the campfire. Stella joined Wildlings with experience at Kids Treehouse Explorers and Ground Up Climbing. 

Stella is completing her Forest School Leader training and recently attended a five day residential in Hong Kong with forest Schools Education. Stella assists with many of our Forest School sessions, our Schools Programmes, weekend parties and events and leads groups in our Outdoor Adventure Camps. Stella is one of our Mandarin speaking 

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Nur Asyikeen Binte Nahadi (AKA Dyy)
Diploma in Sports Wellness & Services
Senior Outdoor Educator

Dyy loves a challenge and is the kind of person that lives and breathes the active outdoor lifestyle. Dyy has years of experience providing outdoor education programmes for a variety of organisations in Singapore and internationally. 

Dyy joins us as a senior camp facilitator, sharing her passion for outdoor education and her wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering transformative experiences for today's city kids. 

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Julia Williams
Forest School Leader, RE:GENERATION
Forest School Leader & Outdoor Ed

Julia was once a lawyer but has turned her hand to outdoor education whilst raising two wildlings of her own. Julia has completed her Forest School Leader training and now runs our Forest Babies on Tuesday mornings and our Saturday Sunbirds group. Julia also leads Outdoor Adventure Camps for Wildlings.

 

Julia loves getting outdoors in nature and thrives on bringing unique experiences to her students that are age appropriate and connect them with the natural world.  

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Shahdan Bin Ahmad (AKA Dan)
Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
Senior Outdoor Educator

Dan is a people person and loves connecting people with his favourite outdoor pursuits which include rock climbing and Kayaking. He has amassed years of experience in outdoor adventure learning and specialises in team building and progressive skills development. 

Dan joins us helping to deliver our work with schools and lead our outdoor adventure camp programmes in Singapore. 

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Thashaini Murugan
Professional Diploma with Merit in Early Childhood Care and Education (Childcare)
Diploma in Environmental Science
Associate Educator (Weekends)

Thashaini joins us at the weekends for our Saturday morning club after a busy week working in a local pre-school. Thashaini marries both qualifications in early childhood and environmental sciences to create a perfect match for Forest Schools. 

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Jerome Sim
BEng Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Forest School Weekend Assistant 

Dad of two Jerome has worked as a Sunday School Teacher and part-time assistant with Whizz Kidz and has been with Wildlings for many years. Jerome loves taking his two young children out on trips in the great outdoors where Nature is always a talking point. 

Jerome is assisting our weekend programme of Forest School, Nature Play and parties. 

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Keane Low
Forest School Leader in Training
Outdoor Education Weekend Assistant 

Keane is Singaporean and joined Wildlings with experience in a number of outdoor educational programmes in Singapore. 

Keane has completed two years of National Services, camping outdoors and living in swamps! Keane supports our weekend, events, and camp programmes. 

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Tian Xin Chua (AKA Talia)
Diploma in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Outdoor Education Assistant 

Talia is a long time Scout and also one of our resident Mandarin speakers. Talia is deeply committed to wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship and also volunteers for the National Parks Board, undertaking activities such as bird watching and guided nature walks.

 

Talia is dedicated to contributing to conservation efforts and inspiring others to care for wildlife and natural habitats.

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Chia Jia Poh (AKA JB)
Degree in Marke:ng. Singapore University of Social Science (in progress)
Outdoor Education Assistant 

JB joins Wildlings as an outdoor education assistant part time whilst studying. JB is a Mandarin speaker and has Forest Schools experience with Nature Explorer School Singapore. 

JB was chair-person of the Eco Club at his Secondary School and enjoys Muay Thai, Basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee in his spare time. 

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