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Bush Kids

 

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 holidaysVisit 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.

Important Notification:

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions, our Term Four 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

Term Four: October - November - December 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!

Lane Cove Bush Kids ACTIVITIES

School Holiday Activities

Muttaburrasaurus - Did you know we have our own dinosuars here in Australia?  Come along to learn about them, go on a bushwalk and become a junior palaeontologist.   Wednesday 30 September & Friday 2 October 9:45am - 11am Meet at Gore Creek Reserve, end of St Vincents Rd, Greenwich (meet at far end of oval) 30 Sept Booking Link and 2 October Booking Link

Spring Surprise Walk  - A more challenging walk for children 5 years and older. This is a longer walk down into the beautiful Bushland Park valley with stone steps that will be difficult for small legs, so bigger legs only please.  We'll do some nature activities along the way.  Thursday 1 & Tuesday 6 October 9:45am - 11:30am (approx.) Meet at the end of Panorama Rd, Lane Cove Bushland Park, Lane Cove 1 October Booking Link and             6 October Booking Link

Chirp - Birds in the Bush - Spring is a wonderful time to look for and enjoy birds.  They are busy nest building and raising their young. We'll learn about some of our local ones with a game, bushwalk and some fun.  You'll be chirping for more!  Wednesday 7 & Friday 9 October 9:45am - 11am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground, Lane Cove West 7 October Booking Link and 9 October Booking Link

Term Time Activities

Nests in Nature - Spring is animal nesting time.  We may find some nests or birds busy with nest building on our bushwalk.  We'll build a nest of our own and try nest building with a challenge!  Friday 23 & Wednesday 28 October 9:45am - 11am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview 23 October Booking Link and 28 October Booking Link

River Life - We'll spend time along Lane Cove River on a bushwalk exploring mangroves and casuarinas, find out who calls the river home and watch something bloom! Thursday 5 & Friday 13 November 9:45am - 11am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West 5 November Booking Link and 13 November Booking Link

Once Upon a Leaf - Leaves, they are all around us, but do we really look at them and do we consider the story each leaf could tell? Join us for a leaf looking bushwalk and some creativity along the way.  Wednesday 18 November 9:45am – 11am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North 18 November Booking Link

Lounging Lizards - Summer is the time for lizards.  Big, small, striped or spotted, lizards are a part of Australian bush life.  Join us to go on a lizard spotting bushwalk, read a story and do some craft.  Friday 11 & Wednesday 16 December 9:45am – 11:00am Meet at Gore Creek Reserve (far end of oval near playground), St Vincents Road, Greenwich 11 December Booking Link and 16 December Booking Link

A Caterpillar's Life - What is a caterpillar's life like?  How do they change and what do they change to?  Come along to look for caterpillars and more on a bushwalk.  We'll learn about their life cycle and have some nature fun! Tuesday 24 November & Thursday 3 December 9:45am - 11am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview 24 November Booking Link and 3 December Booking Link

Christmas in the Bush - It's almost Christmas, another year has passed and what a year it's been!  Join us to relax in nature with Christmas story time, a calming bushwalk and some Christmas nature craft. Tuesday 22 December 9:45am - 11:00am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West 22 December Booking Link

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. 

Cost:       

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.

Bush Kids Program Term Four 2020 Flyer.pdf

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!

Questions:

If you experience any online difficulty or have questions about the program, please call Council on 9911 3508 or email bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.  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 bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Council also runs a Bushland Walks and Talks program throughout the year for adults and families!