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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 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 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.

Term Three: July - August - September 2021 Program 

Due to the Sydney's Stay-at-home orders our Term Three program has been cancelled. 

The list below will give you an indication of what type of nature activiities we offer and how to book under normal conditions.

Term Three Program.pdf

Ensure you buy & get tickets for BOTH adults and children.

Lane Cove Bush Kids ACTIVITIESSchool Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years (unless otherwise specified) and Term Activities for 2 to 5 years

Kookaburra Kapers​ - Join us for a story, bushwalk and craft to learn all about "koo-koo-koo-kaa-kaa-kaa" Kookaburras!  They are an iconic sound of the Australian bush and fun to spot. Thurs 8  Online booking 8 July​ ​& 15 Online booking 15 July, Wed 28 Online booking 28 July & Fri 30 July Online booking 30 July​ 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at (57) Penrose St playground, Lane Cove West​​​​

Winter Wombats - How can you not love an animal that does square poos! Wombats are the biggest burrowing animals in the world.  Come along for a story, bushwalk and craft to get to know these marsupials. Thurs 1 Online booking 1 July​ , Fri 9 Online booking 9 July​, Wed 14 July Online booking 14 July​ & Wed 4 Aug Online booking 4 Aug  9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview​​​

Fantastic Fungi - Join us for a story that is 4 billion years in the making.  Fungi creates a wood wide web and we seldom realise it.  We'll be going on a more challenging bush walk for 5 years and older (no children under 5 years please). Fri 2 July Online booking​ 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at the far end of (18) Panorama Rd, next to Lane Cove Bushland Park, Lane Cove​

Echidna Antics - School Holiday & Term Activity 2 to 10 years  What has a long, sticky tongue, lays an egg and has a spiny coat? Come along to a fun activity learning about one of Australia's monotremes.   There is lots to find out with a story, bushwalk and craft.  Tues 6  Online booking 6 July, Wed 7  Online booking 7 July & Fri 23 Online booking 23 July July  ​9:45am – 11:15am Meet at (57) Penrose St playground, Lane Cove West​

​Snooze - Feel like snoozing during the ​winter?  You are not the only one.  Animals and even plants snooze in the colder months.  We'll be going on a bushwalk and getting creative with nature craft.  Fri 6 Online booking 6 Aug​ & 13 Online booking 13 Aug & Thurs 19 August Online booking 19 Aug 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, past the playground, Lane Cove West​

​Bob the Builder - Winter is a busy time for brush turkeys, especially for the males.  Get to know these characters of the bush and go BT spotting on a bushwalk.  We'll even make our own 'Bob' to take home.  Tues 24 Online booking 24 Aug & Fri 27 August ​​Online booking 27 Aug & Wed 8 September Online booking 8 Sept​ 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North​

Wattle Day -  September 1st is Wattle Day!  The Golden Wattle is Australia's National floral emblem and no wonder with over a 1000 species in Australia. Come along for a bushwalk and nature creativity.  Wed 1 Online booking 1 Sept​ & Fri 3 September Online booking 3 Sept 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview​​

Lyrebird – Mimic of the Bush - Join us to learn about these fascinating birds and to hear about the friendship of James the lyrebird and Mrs Wilkinson.  We'll also go on a bushwalk and make our own lyrebird to take home. Thurs 9 Online booking 9 Sept​ , Fri 17 Online booking 17 Sept , Tues 21 Online booking 21 Sept​ & Thurs 23 September ​Online booking 23 Sept​ 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Gore Creek Reserve (far end of oval), St Vincents Rd, Greenwich​

What's That? - School Holiday & Term Activity  There is a lot to explore in the bush and to ask, "What's that?".  We'll have a close look at some special nature things, go on a bushwalk and get some inspiration for our nature craft.  Wed 22 Online booking 22 Sept​ & Tues 28 ​Online booking 28 Sept​ September 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview​

River Life - School Holiday & Term Activity    It's World River Day on September 26th and what better place to celebrate than along Lane Cove River.  We'll learn about some of the plants and animals that call the river home on a bushwalk and have some fun by the water.  Fri 24 Online booking 24 Sept​ & Wed 29 September ​Online booking 29 Sept​ 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, past the playground, Lane Cove West​

Who Lives Here? - School Holiday & Term Activity We'll be going on a bushwalk to check out who is living in our recently installed nesting boxes.  We may find residents or we may find no one home, either way it will be an adventure. Thurs 30 September Online booking 30 Sept​ & Fri 1 October ​Online booking 1 Oct​ 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, past the playground, Lane Cove West​


Bookings and tickets to all activities are essential for both adults and children - to make a booking and purchase tickets follow the bookings link for each activity or visit the Eventbrite website and put Bush Kids into the search box.  As numbers are limited and the program is popular, please if you make a booking come along.  If you or your child are unwell and you cannot attend, please let us know by email at bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

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 $10.85 per child per activity (no charge for adults, unless otherwise stated). Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are responsible for their own children throughout the activity .

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 open shoes may mean you end up bitten!

Inclement weather: If an activity needs to be cancelled participants will receive a text message the morning of the activity.

Questions:

If you 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 waitlist.  Please ensure you book tickets for both adults and children and only book children into available child bookings (NOT into adult ones).  Children must have a purchased ticket, otherwise they cannot be booked into the activity.  Adults must have also have a no charge ticket to come along on the activity.


 

Important Notification:

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 bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

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 bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

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