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 holidays. Visit our Facebook page Lane Cove Bush Kids Facebook page to see photos from our recent activities and activity updates.
Last of the Term Four 2018 activities
Leaping Lizards - Friday 7 December 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past playground, Lane Cove West. We'll be learning about and looking for lizards, their hidey holes and make our own one to take home. Online Booking
A Bug's Life - Wednesday 12 December 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview. Join us to look closely for bugs and make our own Christmas Beetle to take home and hang on the Christmas tree. Online Booking
Christmas Party - Thursday 20 December - 9:45am to 11:30am Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past playground, Lane Cove West. Bring a nut-free plate to share and join us to socialise and go on a child-led bushwalk. Online Booking
Lane Cove Bush Kids Term One Program 2019
January 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.
Chirp - Birds in the Bush- Friday 4 & 18 January 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Dr, past playground, Lane Cove West. Come along on a bird spotting and listening bushwalk. Online Booking - 4 January Online Booking - 18 January
Caterpillar Critters - Wednesday 9 January 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview. We'll be looking for caterpillar critters on a bushwalk and make one of our own. Online Booking
Cicada Days - Thursday 10 & 24 January 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past playground, Lane Cove West. Join us to look for cicadas and their shells and make a colourful cicada of your own. Online Booking - 10 January Online Booking - 24 January
Bob the Builder - Tuesday 15 January 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North. Get to know the true characters of the bush - Brush Turkeys. Online Booking - Tuesday 15 January (20th March bookings - see school term activities below.)
Roo's Clues - Wednesday 23 January 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview. Meet Roo to look for clues! We'll explore the bush, read rhymes and find clues to tell us what Roo really wants to do. Online Booking
School Term Activities for 2 to 5 years
Out of Nowhere - Thursday 7 February 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Gore Creek Reserve, St Vincents Road, Greenwich (meet far end of oval). Let your child's imagination visit the land of bunyips! Online Booking
Grandparents Day - Friday 8 February - See Special Activity information and booking link below....
Whose Feet - Friday 22 February 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past playground, Lane Cove West. Come along on a bushwalk to discover the footprints of the bush. Online Booking
Beetle Mania - Tuesday 5 March 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview. We'll be learning about and looking for lizards, their hidey holes and make our own one to take home. Online Booking
Bob the Builder - Wednesday 20 March 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North. Get to know the true characters of the bush - Brush Turkeys. 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.
Special Activity for Grandparents
Grandparent's Day - Friday 8 February 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. A chance for grandparents to spend a morning outdoors in nature with their grandchild. We'll be tuning out of modern day life to tune into the natural rhythms of nature with a bush walk and nature games that allow us to explore. Grandparents will also get a chance to get creative with their grandchild with our nature craft activity. This activity is for grandparents and grandchildren only - no parents please. Online Booking
Bush Kids Program Term One 2019.pdf
All activities are $5 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 activity - please assist us by bringing the exact amount of $5 per child.
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 & 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council also runs a Bushland Walks and Talks program throughout the year for adults and families!