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.
The Lane Cove Bush Kids 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.
Lane Cove Bush Kids Term Two Program 2018
School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years
Bowerbird Bill - Tuesday 17 April 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Gore Creek Reserve, St Vincents Rd, Greenwich. Join us to learn about the shopper of the bush - a Satin Bowerbird! Bowerbird Bill Online Booking
Muttaburrasaurus - Thursday 19 April 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West. Join us to have some roaring good fun and learn about Australian dinosaurs. Muttaburrasaurus Online Booking
School Term Activities 2 to 5 years
Bowerbird Bill - Friday 6 April - 9:45am – 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. Butterflies are beautiful insects and have an important role pollinating plants. We'll be going on a butterfly walk in the bush, learning about their life cycle and making our own one to take home. Bowerbird Online Booking
The Little Seedling - Friday 27 April 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North. Join us to learn about the life cycle of trees, go on a bushwalk and do some tree craft of our own. Seedling Online Booking
Owl Babies - Wednesday 9 May 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Riverview. Join us to learn about the fascinating world of owls and make a baby owl of your own. Owl Babies Online Booking
Nature's Nibblers - Friday 11 May 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West. Look for, learn about and make your own nature nibbler. Nibblers Online Booking
Nature's Shapes & Colours - Tuesday 22 May 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. Come along on a bushwalk to look for nature shapes and colours and create your own nature shapes. Shapes & Colours Online Booking
TWIG - Thursday 7 June 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North. Trees have a secret! Join us to learn all about some of the insects and animals that call a tree "home". TWIG Online Booking
Birds Build Nests - Wednesday 20 June 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West. Join us to learn about the different nests animals build, go on a bushwalk and make a nest of our own. Birds Build Nests 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.Lane Cove Bush Kids Term Two 2018 Program
If you experience any difficulty or have questions about our program, please call Council on 9911 3508. Book early as spots are filled 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.
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.
Families that are members of Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society receive two free family vouchers each year of membership. To find out more, go to Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society web page.
Payment is made at the activity - please assist us by bringing the exact amount.
SPECIAL ACTIVITY for Lane Cove Seniors Festival
Lane Cove Bush Kids Grandparents Day Calling all grandparents! Bring your grandchild to explore nature together. We'll be using our senses to look, listen, feel, and smell the natural world during a bushwalk and some fun activities.
When: Thursday 12 April 9:45am – 11:00am
Where: Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West (meet near playground) Cost: $5 per child
Grandparents only please. Grandparents Day Online Booking
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!