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 increased the number of participants and the scope and number of activities.
The program is designed to increase the local community's awareness, understanding and engagement in the natural environment. It is also about building community, encouraging connections between local families and increasing knowledge and engagement with the place we live.
Outdoor nature-centred activities are offered during school terms for 2 to 5 years and during school holidays for 2 to 10 years. Activities are open to all families residing in the Lane Cove Council and surrounding areas. Programs are produced each term and for school holidays. Visit our Facebook page Lane Cove Bush Kids Facebook page to see photos from our recent activities, activity updates and different ways you and your family can connect with nature.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions, our Term Three program will have smaller participant numbers for each activity (a total of 8 children and 8 adults with a maximum of 2 children and 1 adult per activity). Hopefully, as the COVID situation eases, we will be able to resume our normal participant numbers. Council will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and will communicate any future changes regarding activities. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
For home nature connection ideas, check out our Lane Cove Bush Kids activity booklets parts one and two below 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 links:
Activity Booklet - Part Two.pdf
Booklet - Part Three.pub
Bush Kids Term Three: July - August - September 2020 Program
During all our activities we will be observing COVID-19 safety, please do not attend if you or your child is unwell.
BOOKINGS ARE OPEN! Ensure you click on your preferred date and add it to your calendar. Valerie looks forward to seeing you.
Winter Wander - Let's get back together with a longer and more challenging walk suitable for older kids (5 to 10 years). We'll have an older kids story to start, an exploratory bush walk and perhaps even get that 'chickadee feeling'. Wednesday 8 & Thursday 16 July 9:45am - 11am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview Online Booking 8 July or Online Booking 16 July
Dragons - Did you know we have our own dragons right here in Sydney? Come along to use our imaginations on a bush walk dragon quest and become a dragonologist. Friday 10 & Tuesday 14 July 9:45am - 11am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking 10 July or Online Booking 14 July
Snooze: Winter Sleepers - Hibernation isn't just for the bears, some Aussie animals do it too. Come along to have fun learning about our winter sleepers. We'll also read a story, go on a bush walk and make our own winter sleeper. Wednesday 22 & Friday 31 July 9:45am - 11am Meet at Blackman Park far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking 22 July or Online Booking 31 July
Wonderful Wombats - How can you not love an animal that does square poos! Wombats - a marsupial with a backward facing pouch are the biggest burrowing animals in the world. Join us to learn about these unique animals. Thursday 6 & Wednesday 12 August 9:45am - 11am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview Online Booking 6 August or Online Booking 12 August
Bob the Builder - Winter is a time when male brush turkeys are busy making their mounds. Get to know these characters of the bush with a story, bush walk and make your own 'Bob' to take home. Tuesday 18 & Friday 28 August 9:45am - 11am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North Online Booking 18 August or Online Booking 28 August
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. Friday 4 & Wednesday 9 September 9:45am – 11am Meet at west end of Penrose Street at playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking 4 September or Online Booking 9 September
Mimics of the Bush - Lyrebirds! Join us to learn about these feathered mimics and to hear about the friendship of James and Mrs Wilkinson. We'll also go on a bush walk and make our own lyrebird to take home. Thursday 17 & Tuesday 22 September 9:45am – 11:00am Meet at Gore Creek Reserve (far end of oval near playground), St Vincents Road, Greenwich Online Booking 17 September or Online Booking 22 September
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 (home schooled children are also welcome).
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!
Bush Kids Program Term Three 2020 Flyer.pdf
If you experience any online difficulty or have questions about the program, please call Council on 9911 3508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Book early, as spots fill quickly. If the activity is fully booked, you can go on the wait list. Please ensure you book for both adults and children and only book children into available child bookings (NOT into 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 email@example.com.
Council also runs a Bushland Walks and Talks program throughout the year for adults and families!