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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.

Lane Cove Bush Kids Term Four Program 2017

School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years

Owl Babies - Thursday 5 October 9:45am - 11am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North.  Owls are fascinating animals.  Join us to read a story to find out what happens to Sarah, Percy and Bill.  We'll also go on a bushwalk and make our own owl baby  Owl Babies online booking

Hide & Seek - Friday 6 October 9:45am - 11am Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, near playground, Lane Cove West. Animals play hide and seek - they camouflage themselves!  Join us to have fun learning about camouflage and animals on a bushwalk.  Hide & Seek online booking

School Term Activities 2 to 5 years

Itsy Bitsy Spider - Thursday 26 October 9:45am – 11am Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview.  Join us to learn about spiders on a bushwalk.  We'll check out places where spiders live and make a cool spider craft of our own.   Itsy Bitsy Spider online booking

Echidna Antics - Wednesday 8 November 9:45am – 11am  Meet at west end of Penrose Street at playground, Lane Cove WestWhat has a long sticky tongue, lays an egg and has a spiny coat?  A Short-beaked Echidna!  Join us for a fun activity to learn about these unusual Australasian monotremes and go for a bushwalk.  Echidna Antics online booking

The Secret Life of Seeds - Tuesday 21 November 9:45am – 11am Meet at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, opposite playground, Lane Cove West. Seeds are remarkable!  We'll explore a diversity of seeds and go for a bush walk to look for gum nuts and seedlings.  We'll finish off by planting our own little seed to take home.  Secret Life of Seeds online booking

FROGS! - Friday 8 December 9:45am – 11am Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview.  Australia is home to around 230 species of frogs!  We'll learn about their life cycle and where they live with an explore and bushwalk.  FROGS! online booking

Christmas Party - Thursday 21 December 9:45am – 11am Meet at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, opposite playground, Lane Cove West.  It's that time of year again when the Christmas bush is flowering!  Join us to socialise, go on a bushwalk and get creative with Christmas craft.  Bring a plate to share (nut-free please).  Christmas Party online booking

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 3508.  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 and adults are responsible for their own children.

Families that are members of Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society receive two free family vouchers each year of membership.  Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society

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

 

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!