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Bush Kids

 

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 holidaysVisit our Facebook page Lane Cove Bush Kids Facebook page to see photos from our recent activities and activity updates.

Lane Cove Bush Kids Christmas Party Thursday 21st December 9:45am to 11:30am at Blackman Park.  Join us to socialise, hear a Christmas story, go on a bushwalk and get creative with Christmas craft.  Please bring a nut-free plate of food to share. Christmas Party online booking

Lane Cove Bush Kids Term One Program 2018

School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years

Spy Kids - Friday 12 January FULLY BOOKED - WAITLIST ONLY 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview.  One for the older kids with a longer and more physically challenging bush walk.  We'll be spying on the bush and looking for clues that animals left behind. Spy Kids online booking

Spy Kids 2 - Friday 19 January  (additional activity) 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview.  One for the older kids with a longer and more physically challenging bush walk.  We'll be spying on the bush and looking for clues that animals left behind. Spy Kids 2 online booking

Cicada Days 2 - Thursday 11 January (additional activity) 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, near playground, Lane Cove West. Double Drummer, Green Grocer and Black Prince - Sydney summers wouldn't be the same without cicadas.  Come along to look for cicadas, their shells and listen for their calls on a bushwalk. Cicada Days 2 online booking

Cicada Days - Thursday 18 January FULLY BOOKED - WAITLIST ONLY 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, near playground, Lane Cove West. Double Drummer, Green Grocer and Black Prince - Sydney summers wouldn't be the same without cicadas.  Come along to look for cicadas, their shells and listen for their calls on a bushwalk.  Cicada Days online booking

Follow Your Nose 2 - Wednesday 10 January 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview.  The natural world is a wonderful place to use your senses.  We'll be looking, listening, touching and especially smelling on some fun activities to challenge your senses.  Follow Your Nose 2 - online booking

Follow Your Nose - Wednesday 24 January FULLY BOOKED - WAITLIST ONLY 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. The natural world is a wonderful place to use your senses.  We'll be looking, listening, touching and especially smelling on some fun activities to challenge your senses. Follow Your Nose online booking

Aussie Animals Spotlight Walk - Thursday 25 January 7:45pm to 9:30pm (Suitable for ages 7 years and over.)  Meet at Batten Reserve, Kullah Parade, Lane Cove North.  Enjoy a twilight walk in the bush looking for our Aussie animals on the eve of Australia Day.  Spot possums, search for leaf-tailed geckoes and listen for microbats with our bat detector.  Bring a torch and wear sturdy, closed-in shoes.  Spotlight Walk online booking

School Term Activities 2 to 5 years

Butterfly Walk - Tuesday 6 February 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.  Butterfly Walk online booking

Turtles, Tadpoles & Tots - Friday 23 February FULLY BOOKED - WAITLIST ONLY 9:45am – 11am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North.  Turtles and tadpoles always seen to create curiosity. Join us to learn about how turtles protect themselves and about the life cycle of tadpoles. We'll explore where they both live on a bushwalk and make our own turtle to take home. Turtles, Tadpoles & Tots online booking

Turtles, Tadpoles & Tots - Friday 2 March 9:45am – 11am - Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North.  Turtles and tadpoles always seen to create curiosity. Join us to learn about how turtles protect themselves and about the life cycle of tadpoles. We'll explore where they both live on a bushwalk and make our own turtle to take home. Turtles, Tadpoles & Tots 2 online booking

Bush Fairies & Banksia Boys - Thursday 8 March 9:45am – 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview.  The natural world can be a magical place to explore.  Join us to discover bush fairies and Banksia boys and look for fairy clues on a bushwalk.  We'll even make our own home for one.  Bush Fairies & Banksia Boys online booking 

Beetle Mania - Wednesday 21 March 9:45am – 11am Meet at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, opposite playground, Lane Cove West.   There are Whirligig, click, water and lots more kinds of beetles - 300,000 spieces worldwide!  We'll be learning, exploring and looking for beetles on a bushwalk and make our own colourful craft one to take home.  Beetle Mania 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.

Bush Kids Term One 2018 Program.pdf

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 either a booking confirmation or a waitlist notification.  Please do not assume you are booked on the activity until you receive a confirmation.

Cost:       

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.

 

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!