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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 holidays.

Current Program of Events:  Term Two Lane Cove Bush Kids Program 2017

Term Two School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years

Echidna Antics - Wednesday 12 April 9:30am - 10:45am Meet at west end of Penrose Street at playground, Lane Cove West.  What has a long, sticky tongue, lays an egg and has a spiny coat?  A Short-beaked Echidna!  Join us for a fun activity to learn about these unusual Australian monotremes and go for a bushwalk. Echidna Antics booking

Muttaburrasaurus - Thursday 13 April 9:30am - 10:45am Meet at Gore Creek Reserve, at playground far end of oval, Northwood. Imagine having your own pet dinosaur!  Did you know that Australia has its own dinosaurs?  Iguanodonts, ankylosaurs and sauropods are a few of these.  Come along to have some roaring good fun! Muttaburrasaurus booking

Term Two School Term Activities 2 to 5 years

Minibeasts Magnified- Friday 31 March 9:30am – 10:45am Meet at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, opposite playground, Lane Cove West.  Insects!  They're all around us.  Explore the exciting world of invertebrates with our guest presenter from the Australian Museum. Minibeasts Magnified booking

Bob the Builder - Thursday 11 May  9:30am – 10:45am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North.  Love them or hate them, bush turkeys are a part of our urban landscape.  Get to know these characters of the bush with a story, game and bushwalk to meet our own local Bob the Builder. Bob the Builder booking

Habitat - Tuesday 23 May 9:30am – 10:45am Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, park at Tambourine Bay Road car park, Riverview.  Lane Cove is lucky to have a variety of beautiful natural habitats.  Many plants, animals and insects make these habitats their home.  During our bushwalk, we'll explore some of these with our Habitat Home Hunt. Habitat booking

What am I? - Wednesday 31 May 9:30am – 10:45am Meet at Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Drive, opposite playground, Lane Cove West. "You won't always be able to find me; I like to sit in the sun...what am I?" Come along to listen to rhymes about Australian animals and find out who they are and what they do.  We'll also go on a bushwalk and make our own native animal to take home. What am I? booking

Nature's Nibblers - Tuesday 13 June 9:30am – 10:45am Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, park at Tambourine Bay Road car park, Riverview.  Do you hear that?  "Chomp, chomp, nibble, nibble!" That's the sound of nature's nibblers nibbling plants.  Learn about the life cycle of one of these nibblers, find out why they nibble and look for signs of nature's nibblers on a bushwalk.  Nature's Nibblers booking

Bowerbird Bill - Friday 30 June 9:30am – 10:45am Meet at Gore Creek Reserve, at playground far end of oval, Northwood.  Join us to learn about the shopper of the bush – a Satin Bowerbird!  He likes bling and is a keen decorator. We'll read a story about Bowerbird Bill,  go on a bushwalk to look for his treasures and make a giant and mini bower of our own.  Bowerbird Bill

Bookings to all activities are essential - to make a booking, please follow the bookings link for your activity.  If you experience any difficulty or have questions about our program, please call Council on 9911 3583.  Book early as spots are filled quickly.  If the activity is fully booked, you will be added to a wait list.


All activities are $5 per child per activity, unless stated otherwise. Adults are free of charge (unless attending a Spotlight Walk or special activity). Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the activity.

Families that are members of Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society are free of charge.

Payment is made at the activity - please assist us by bringing the exact amount.

Bush Kids Term Two 2017 Program.pdf 

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

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