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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 Four 2019 Program

School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years

Lyrebird - Tuesday 1 October 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North  Lyrebirds - mimics of the bush!  Join us to larn about these feathered larrikins. Online Booking

Dragons - Thursday 3 & Friday 11 October 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past playground, Lane Cove West. Who doesn't love a dragon!  Did you know we have our own dragons in Sydney?  Come along for some fun dragonology. Online booking - 3 October, Online booking - 11 October

Croak! - Wednesday 9 & 23 October 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. Australia is home to over 230 species of frogs!  We'll be learning about their life cycle, going on a bushwalk and making our own frog too. Online Booking - 9 October, Online Booking - 23 October

School Term Activities for 2 to 5 years

River LIfe - Friday 8 November 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past playground, Lane Cove West. Celebrate Council's Festival by the River exploring part of Lane Cove River.  We'll learn about some of the plants and animals that call the river home. Online Booking

Buzz - Tuesday 12 November 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at park, west end of Penrose Street, next to playground, Lane Cove West. You'll know the European Bee, but do you know the Banded Blue Bee or the Carpenter Bee, or even the Stingless Bee?  Join us to discover the bees of the Australian bush.  Online Booking

River LIfe - Wednesday 20 November 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past playground, Lane Cove West. Celebrate Council's Festival by the River exploring part of Lane Cove River.  We'll learn about some of the plants and animals that call the river home. Online Booking

Itsy Bitsy Spider - Thursday 28 November 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Gore Creek Reserve, (far end of oval), St Vincents Road, Greenwich. Spiders are fascinating creatures and getting out into nature is a chance to spot them or their webs.  Online Booking

Turtles, Tadpoles & Tots - Wednesday 4 & Thursday 12 December 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. Join us to learn about how tadpoles grow and turtles protect themselves, go for an explore on a bushwalk and get creative with craft. Online Booking - 4 December, Online Booking - 12 December

Christmas Party - Tuesday 17 December 9:45am to 11:00am - Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past the playgroung, Lane Cove West.  Join us for a bush Christmas party with Santa stories and Christmas craft.  Please bring a nut-free plate of food to share. Online Booking

 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.

Bush Kids Term Four Program.pdf

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 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!