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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. 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 Two Program 2019

April School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years - To make a booking, hover your cursor over the 'Online Booking' links and check to ensure you have selected your preferred date.

Bush Fairies & Banksia Boys - Friday 5 April & 31 May 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. The natural world is a magical place to explore. We'll be looking for fairy and Banksia boy homes on a bushwalk and make our own to take home. Online Booking

Muttaburrasaurus - Wednesday 17 & 24 April 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Gore Creek Reserve, St Vincents Rd, Greenwich.  Come along to learn about Australian dinosaurs and some roaring good fun as a palaeontologist for the day. Online Booking

Kookaburra Kapers - Thursday 18  April & Tuesday 14 May 9:45am to 11am - Meet at park, west end of Penrose Street, next to playground, Lane Cove West. Join us to look for cicadas and their shells and make a colourful cicada of your own. Online Booking

Fur, Feathers & Scales - Tuesday 23 April 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North. Come along on a bushwalk, learn about some Aussie animals and use your sense of touch and sight with some fun activities. Online Booking

School Term Activities for 2 to 5 years

Owl Babies - Wednesday 1 May & Thursday 23 May 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past playground, Lane Cove West.  Owls are amazing!  Join us to read a story to find out what happens to Sarah, Percy and Bill.  We'll identify Australian owls, go on a bushwalk and make our own owl baby to take home.  Online Booking

Big Bird - Thursday 13 June 9:45am to 11am Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past playground, Lane Cove West.  Come along to have some fun learning about the big birds of the Australian bush with a story, bushwalk and craft. Online Booking

Hide and Seek - Tuesday 25 June 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview. Join us to have some fun while learning about the strategies animals use in the bush to hide. Online Booking

Bookings to all activities are essential - to make a booking, please follow the bookings link for your activity.  Please, only book into activities you are sure you can attend.

Bush Kids Program Term Two 2019.pdf

Special activity for Autumn Harmony Program - Natural Harmony - Friday 29 March 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West.  Connect with nature and feel the harmonies of the natural world with a discovery bush walk, explore and story. Online Booking
 

Cost:       

All activities are $5.80 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.

Families that are members of Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society receive two free family vouchers each year of membership.  The voucher needs to be handed in at the time of the activity. To find out more, go to  Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society web page.

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 email.

 

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!