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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 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. In January 2016, Council partnered with the Society to further develop and run the program.  Since this time, Lane Cove Bush Kids has grown in the number of participants and the scope of activities.

The 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 holidaysVisit our Facebook page Lane Cove Bush Kids Facebook page to see photos from our recent activities and activity updates.

Important Notification:

Due to the recent escalation of Coronavirus COVID-19 our final two activities in our March program and our April and May activities in our Term Two program have been cancelled.  Council will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and will communicate any future changes regarding the June activities in theTerm Two program.

For some stay at home ideas, check out our Lane Cove Bush Kids activity booklet and for more bush craft ideas, virtual bushwalks and storytime go to our Lane Cove Bush Kids Facebook page www.facebook.com/lanecovebushkids

 Activity Booklet link

Lane Cove Bush Kids Term Two 2020 Program

Due to COVID-19 our April and May activities have been cancelled.  They are still here to give you an idea of the types of nature activities we do.


 Bowerbird Bill - Have fun learning about the 'shopper of the bush' - a Satin Bowerbird! We'll read a story, look for Bowerbird treasure on a bushwalk and make our very own bower to take home.  Two activities on offer, make sure you book into your preferred date. 

Muttaburrasaurus - Imagine having your own pet dinosaur!  Did you know that Australia has its own dinosaurs? Come along to have some roaring good fun and become a palaeontologist for the day. Two activities on offer, make sure you book into your preferred date. 

Nature's Nightlife - It's past your bedtime when nature's nightlife is active, so we're going to use our imagination to pretend it's night during the day. We'll be going on a day time night walk! Two activities on offer, make sure you book into your preferred date. 

Echidna Antics - What has a long, sticky tongue, lays eggs and has a spiny coat?  An echidna!  Come along on a bushwalk and try some bark rubbing.  Two activities on offer, make sure you book into your preferred date. 

Bush Babies - Pouches, eggs, live birth - there are lots of ways babies develop in the bush. We'll go on a bushwalk and learn about some Aussie bush babies. Two activities on offer, make sure you book into your preferred date. 

Kookaburra Kapers - The laughing sound of the Kookaburra is an iconic sound of the Australian bush.  Join us to discover and learn about these wonderful birds, go on a bushwalk and get creative. Two activities on offer, make sure you book into your preferred date. 

Friday 19 June Online Booking 9:45am – 11am Meet at west end of Penrose Street at playground, Lane Cove West

Bob the Builder - Get to know these characters of the bush with a story, game and bushwalk where we may even meet our local 'Bob the Builder'. Two activities on offer, make sure you book into your preferred date. 

Tuesday 2 June Online Booking and Wednesday 24 June Online Booking 9:45am – 11:00am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North

Bookings to all activities are essential for both adults and children - to make a booking, please follow the bookings link for each activity or visit the Eventbrite website and put Bush Kids into the search box

Activities are for 2 to 5 years during school term time and 2 to 10 years during school holidays.

Bush Kids Program Term Two 2020.pdf

Cost:       

All activities are $7.85 per child per activity (no charge for adults, unless otherwise stated). Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the activity and adults are responsible for their own children.

Payment is made at the time of booking through Eventbrite.

Footwear on activities:

It is recommended that both adults and children wear closed-in shoes, such as runners.  All activities involve a bushwalk on unsealed surfaces on bush tracks.  Leaves and rocks can sometimes be slippery - runners can make your footing less slippery, and jumping or bull ants can sometimes be around - an exposed toe in sandals or flip flops may mean you end up bitten!

Questions:

If you experience any online difficulty or have questions about the program, please call Council on 9911 3508.  Book early, as spots fill quickly.  If the activity is fully booked, you will be added to a wait list and notified with a waitlist notification.  Please ensure you book for both adults and children and only book children into available child bookings (NOT adult ones).

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!