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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 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 grown in the number of participants and the scope of activities.

The 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 Term One 2020 Program

School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years

Cicada Days #1 - Double Drummer, Green Grocer and Black Prince – not the names of rock bands, but of cicadas!  Sydney summers wouldn't be the same without them. Join us to look for cicadas and their shells and listen for their calls on a bushwalk.

Wednesday 8 January 9:45am – 11am Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past the playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking


 

Home is a Hollow - Tree hollows are important homes to a variety of native animals.  The hollows and the animals that come in all different shapes and sizes.  Come along to learn about hollows, trees and some of the local animals that call a home a hollow.

Friday 10 January 9:45am – 11am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North Online Booking

Friday 17 January 9:45am - 11am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North Online Booking


 

Noisy by Nature #1 - Who's noisy in nature?  This time of year, it's the cuckoos – Channel-billed and the Common Koel and of course, our Sydney cicadas!  And let's not forget the iconic Laughing Kookaburra. Join us for lots of noise in the bush with a bushwalk, craft and fun!

Tuesday 14 January 9:45am – 11am Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past the playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking


 

Beetles #1 - There are 300,000 known species of beetles in the world – Whirligig, Water, Click beetles and lots more!  We'll be learning, exploring and looking for beetles on our bushwalk and decorating one of our own to take home.

Thursday 16 January 9:45am – 11:00am at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview Online Booking


 

Nature's Artists - The natural world creates its own art – unusual shapes of trees, colours of bark, shells, flower shapes and more.  We'll be getting our artistic inspiration from nature and use our hands, imaginations and creativity to become a nature artist. 

Wednesday 22 January 9:45am – 11:00am at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past the playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking


 

Cicada Days #2 - Double Drummer, Green Grocer and Black Prince – not the names of rock bands, but of cicadas!  Sydney summers wouldn't be the same without them. Join us to look for cicadas and their shells and listen for their calls on a bushwalk.

Friday 24 January 9:45am – 11am Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past the playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking


 

School Term One 2020 Activities for 2 to 5 years

Ordinary Caterpillar - Eric Carle was correct – caterpillars are very hungry; they are tiny eating machines!  Caterpillars spend most of their time chomping leaves before undergoing an amazing metamorphosis into a moth or butterfly.  Join us for a bushwalk to learn a little bit about caterpillars, who really aren't ordinary at all!

Wednesday 5 February Online Booking 5 Feb & Friday 14 February Online Booking 14 Feb 9:45am – 11:00am at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview


 

Nana's Nature Day - Nana, Pop and the grandkids are invited to take a trip back in time to the days whem we kids spent our days outdoors exploring, fort building and playing hide and seek. We'll go on a bushwalk and have fun in nature!  Grandparents and grandkids only please

Friday 7 February 9:45am - 11am at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past the playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking


 

Hide & Seek - Do you play hide and seek?  Animals do – they camouflage themselves to hide from prey or predators.  Come along to have some fun on a bushwalk seeking and learning about the strategies animals use in the bush to hide. 

Thursday 20 February Online Booking 20 Feb & Thursday 12 March Online Booking 12 March 9:45am – 11:00am at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past the playground, Lane Cove West


 

Fur, Feathers & Scales - Australia is lucky to have a variety of native animals such as koalas, kookaburras and pythons.  We'll be learning about some of these unique Aussie animals, going for a bushwalk and getting creative with bush craft.

Wednesday 4 March 9:45am – 11:00am at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview Online Booking


 

Beetles #2 - There are 300,000 known species of beetles in the world – Whirligig, Water, Click beetles and lots more!  We'll be learning, exploring and looking for beetles on our bushwalk and decorating one of our own to take home.

Friday 20 March 9:45am – 11:00am at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview Online Booking

 

Noisy by Nature #2 - Who's noisy in nature?  This time of year, it's the cuckoos – Channel-billed and the Common Koel and of course, our Sydney cicadas!  And let's not forget the iconic Laughing Kookaburra. Join us for lots of noise in the bush with a bushwalk, craft and fun!

Tuesday 31 March 9:45am – 11am Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Drive, meet past the playground, Lane Cove West Online Booking


 

Bookings to all activities are essential for both adults and children - to make a booking, please follow the bookings link for each activity or visit the Eventbrite website and put Bush Kids into the search box

Term One 2020 Program.pdf

Cost:       

All activities are $6.85 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.

Payment is made at the time of booking through Eventbrite.

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 be an inviting meal!

Questions:

If you experience any online difficulty or have questions about the program, please call Council on 9911 3508.  Book early, as spots fill quickly.  If the activity is fully booked, you will be added to a wait list and notified with a waitlist notification.  Please ensure you book for both adults and children and only book children into available child bookings (NOT 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!