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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.

Lane Cove Bush Kids Term Three 2019 Program

School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years

Bowerbird Bill - Wednesday 10 & Friday 19 July 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Gore Creek Reserve (far end of oval), St Vincents Road, Greenwich.  Have fun learning about the shopper of the bush - a Satin Bowerbird.  We'll read a story, go on a bushwalk to look for Bowerbird treasure and make a bower of our own. Online Booking 10 July  and Online Booking 19 July

Tree-mendous Trees - Friday 12 July 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North. Join us to celebrate and learn about tree-mendous trees!  We'll go on a bushwalk to look at, feel and wonder at these tree-mendous 'machines' of nature.

Nature's Night Shift - Tuesday 16 July 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, opposite playground, Lane Cove West. Bring a torch and lets pretend it's night time to have fun learning about the Aussie animals that come out to play while you're asleep! Online Booking 16 July

Winter Wombats - Thursday 18 July 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. Wonderful wombats - how can you not love an animal that does square poos!  Join us to learn more about these unique marsupials. Online Booking 18 July

School Term Activities for 2 to 5 years

Echidna Antics - Wednesday 31 July & Friday 27 September 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at park, west end of Penrose Street, next to playground, Lane Cove West. Come along for a fun activity to learn about the antics of these unusual animals.  We'll try our hand at bark rubbing and go for a bushwalk to discover their favourite food. Online Booking 31 July and Online Booking 27 September

Tree-mendous Trees - Friday 2 August 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North. Join us to celebrate and learn about tree-mendous trees!  We'll go on a bushwalk to look at, feel and wonder at these tree-mendous 'machines' of nature. Online Booking 2 August

ABC Animal Walk - Friday 16 August & Thursday 12 September 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, opposite playground, Lane Cove West. Encourage your child to learn their ABCs. We'll be learning the Aussie animal alphabet, going on a bushwalk to look for letter shapes in nature and decorating our own letter to take home. Online Booking 16 August and Online Booking 12 September

What's for Lunch - Tuesday 27 August 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview.  What do you eat for lunch?  What do animals eat?  We'll be going on a bushwalk to look for nibbled leaves, spiders in their webs and more.  Online Booking 27 August

 Bookings to all activities are essential - to make a booking, please follow the bookings link for each activity.  Please, only book into activities you are sure you can attend. For a copy of the full program email bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au with Term Three Program in the subject line.

Bush Kids Program Term Three 2019.pdf

 

Additional activity for the Lane Cove Festival 

Bush Treasures - Friday 6 September 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview.  It's time to celebrate our beautiful natural environment of Lane Cove by looking for bush treasures in our own bush treasure - Tambourine Bay!  Enjoy nature and views of the river with your little one with a bush walk and explore for - you guessed it - bush treasure!  Note: Bookings open in August - Online Booking 6 September

Cost:       

All activities are $6.85 per child per activity and adults are free of charge (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 be an inviting meal!

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 do not assume you are booked on the activity, until you receive a confirmation by Eventbrite.

 

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!