Established in 2011 by the Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society, Lane Cove Bush Kids aims to engage young children and their families 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.
Bush Kids Program Term One 2021 Flyer.pdf
Term One: January - February - March 2021 Program
BOOKINGS ARE OPEN! Ensure you book for BOTH adults and children.
Lane Cove Bush Kids ACTIVITIES
January School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years (unless otherwise specified)
Cicada Days - Join us to look for these noisy and fascinating insects. Wednesday 6, Thursday 14, Friday 22 January, 9:45am - 11:15am (approx.) Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview 6 Jan Booking, 14 Jan Booking, 22 Jan Booking
Nature Ramble - A more challenging walk for children 5 years and older. This is a longer walk down into beautiful Bushland Park valley. We'll be doing some nature activities that involve reading and writing along the way. Thursday 7 & Friday 15 January 9:45am - 11:30am (approx.) Meet at the end of Panorama Rd, Lane Cove Bushland Park, Lane Cove 7 Jan Booking, 15 Jan Booking
Mangroves and Mud - Kids love mud! Come along to explore mangrove habitat along the Lane Cove River. Friday 8, Wednesday 13 & Wednesday 20 January 9:45am - 11:15am (approx.) Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground, Lane Cove West 8 Jan Booking, 13 Jan Booking, 20 Jan Booking
Uno's Garden - Discover Uno and his garden full of Moopaloops, Puddlebuts, Tumbletops and a Snortlepig! Tuesday 19 & Thursday 21 January 9:45am - 11:15am (approx.) Meet at Shell Park, Greenwich Road, Greenwich 19 Jan Booking, 21 Jan Booking
Term One Activities for 2 to 5 years
Beetle Mania - Join us to look for beetles on a bushwalk and make a colourful beetle of your own. Wednesday 3, Friday 5 & Wednesday 17 February 9:45am - 11:15am (approx.) Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview 3 Feb Booking, 5 Feb Booking, 17 Feb Booking
My Five Senses - Join us to get out into nature and use some of your five senses on a bushwalk. Thursday 11 & Friday 19 February 9:45am - 11:15am (approx.) Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West 11 Feb Booking, 19 Feb Booking
Beautiful Butterflies - Come along on a bushwalk to try and spot butterflies, learn about their life cycle and make one of our own to take home. Tuesday 23 & Thursday 25 February & Wednesday 3 March 9:45am – 11:15am (approx.) Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West 23 Feb Booking, 25 Feb Booking, 3 March Booking
Tiny Tadpole - We'll be going on a bushwalk along Stringybark Creek looking for tadpoles, and learning about their life cycle. Thursday 11, Tuesday 16 & Friday 19 March 9:45am – 11:15am (approx.) Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North 11 March Booking, 16 March Booking, 19 March Booking
Bookings to all activities are essential for both adults and children - to make a booking, follow the bookings link for each activity or visit the Eventbrite website and put Bush Kids into the search box. As numbers are restricted (due to COVID) and the program is popular, please if you make a booking come along, unless of course you or your child are unwell.
Activities are for 2 to 5 years during school term time and 2 to 10 years during school holidays, unless otherwise stated.
All activities are $10.85 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. Refunds are only available up to seven (7) days prior to the activity.
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!
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 waitlist. Please ensure you book for both adults and children and only book children into available child bookings (NOT into adult ones).
COVID-19 continues to impact on countries around the globe, including Australia. If you or your child/ren are feeling unwell, please cancel your booking and do not attend the activity. Let us know by sending a brief email message to email@example.com.
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
Importance of Outdoor Play
If you want to raise happy, healthy, curious and resilient children - send them out in to nature!
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!