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Bush Kids

 

Lane Cove Bush Kids is a joint initiative between Council and the Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society

Established in 2011 by the Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society, Lane Cove Bush Kids aims to engage young children with nature and to encourage a life-long love and care of our environment. 

The Lane Cove Bush Kids program is designed to increase the local community's awareness, understanding and engagement in the natural environment. It´s also about building community, encouraging connections between local families and increasing knowledge and engagement with the place we live in.

Outdoor nature-centred activities are offered during school terms for 2 to 5 year olds and during school holidays for 2 to 10 year olds.

Activities are open to all families residing in the Lane Cove Council and surrounding areas. Programs are produced each term and for school holidays.

Current Program of Events:  Term One Program January to March 2017

School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years

What's Alive - Friday 6 January at Penrose Street at playground, Lane Cove West 9:15am - 10:30am Look for signs of life, play the 'Animals Alive' game and create your own mini museum.  Bookings: Book online for What's Alive

Whose Feet? - Wednesday 11 January at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North 9:15am - 10:30am Who leaves their footprints in the bush?  Discover the footprints of the bush with a story, a 'wiggle your toes' nature walk and make your own footprint.  Bookings: Book online for Whose Feet

Possum Prowl Spotlight Stroll - Thursday 19 January at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West 7:45pm - 10:00pm Enjoy a bushwalk as the sun sets and nocturnal creatures start to stir.  Learn spotlighting techniques and listen to microbats with our bat detector.  Bring a torch and wear sturdy shoes and insect repellant.  NOTE: This activity is for children 7 years and over. Bookings: Book online for Possum Prowl

Follow Your Nose - Tuesday 24 January at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West 9:15am - 10:30am Join us and learn how important smell is for animals and us.  We'll go for a bushwalk, play a game and learn about our other senses too! Bookings: Book online for Follow Your Nose

Second Sessions for School Holiday Program & March activity

What's Alive - Friday 13 January at Penrose Street at playground, Lane Cove West 9:15am - 10:30am Look for signs of life, play the 'Animals Alive' game and create your own mini museum.  Bookings: Book online for What's Alive

Whose Feet? - Wednesday 18 January at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North 9:15am - 10:30am Who leaves their footprints in the bush?  Discover the footprints of the bush with a story, a 'wiggle your toes' nature walk and make your own footprint.  Bookings: Book online for Whose Feet

Follow Your Nose - Tuesday 31 January at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West 9:15am - 10:30am Join us and learn how important smell is for animals and us.  We'll go for a bushwalk, play a game and learn about our other senses too! Bookings: Book online for Follow Your Nose

Cicada Days - Grandparent's Month activity - Thursday 9 March at Tambourine Bay Reserve, meet near Tambourine Bay Rd car park 9:15am - 10:30am Remember the days when we caught cicadas, instead of Pokemons?  Bring your grandchild along to spend time outside in nature.  We'll go on a bushwalk to explore and discover cicadas and other exciting things.  Bookings: Book online for Cicada Days  NOTE: This activity is for children 2 - 5 Years of age

 

Term One Activities 2 to 5 years

Turtles, Tadpoles and Tots - Friday 10 February at Tambourine Bay Reserve - meet near Tambourine Bay Rd car park 9:15am - 10:30am Join us for a bushwalk to see what curiosities we can find, explore a creek and make our own turtle craft to take home.  Bookings: Book online for Turtles, Tadpoles and Tots

Bush Babies - Tuesday 21 February at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North - 9:15am - 10:30am Babies - so cute!  Get to know some baby animals with a story.  Play a game to learn about baby trees.  Look for baby plants on our bushwalk and make an owl baby at our craft activity.  Bookings: Book online for Bush Babies

Cicada Days - Grandparent's Month activity - Thursday 23 March at Tambourine Bay Reserve, meet near Tambourine Bay Rd car park 9:15am - 10:30am Remember the days when we caught cicadas, instead of Pokemons?  Bring your grandchild along to spend time outside in nature.  We'll go on a bushwalk to explore and discover cicadas and other exciting things.  Bookings: Book online for Cicada Days

Bookings to all activities are essential - to make a booking, please follow the bookings link for your activity.  If you experience any difficulty or have questions about our program, please call Council on 9911 3583.  Book early as spots are filled quickly.  If the activity is fully booked, you will be added to a wait list.

Cost:       

All activities are $5 per child per activity, unless stated otherwise. Adults are free of charge (unless attending a Spotlight Walk or special activity). Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the activity.

Families that are members of Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society are free of charge.

Payment is made at the activity - please assist us by bringing the exact amount.

Bush Kids Term 1 Program 2017.pdf

 

Importance of Outdoor Play

If you want to raise happy, healthy, curious and resilient children - send them out in the bush!

Increasing evidence is showing that children need unstructured nature play. Here are some powerful reasons for getting young children outside: 

  • Outdoor play supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
  • Outdoor play gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
  • Playing outside also helps children to learn about, understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles.
  • Outdoor play also supports children's problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
  • Children need an outdoor environment that can provide them with space, both upwards and outwards, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy within, and to develop their physical capabilities.
  • The outdoor environment offers space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.

Playing outdoors in a child's early years is an opportunity to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations.

Nature play keeps the doctor away!  Regular outdoor play in various weather conditions strengthens the immune system, making children less prone to infection.

For more information about Bush Kids, contact Council on bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Council also runs a Bushland Walks and Talks program throughout the year for adults and families!