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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 Term Three Program 2018

School Holiday Activities for 2 to 10 years

Kookaburra Kapers - Tuesday 10 July 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West.  Join us to discover how kookaburras live in family groups, go on a bushwalk and get creative with craft. ONLINE BOOKING

What am I? - Friday 20 July 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview.  Come along to listen to rhymes about Aussie animals to discover who they are and what they do. ONLINE BOOKING

Echidna Antics - Thursday 12 July 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Penrose Street playground, end of Penrose St, Lane Cove West.  Come along for a fun activity to learn about these unusual animals, try bark rubbing and go for a bushwalk. ONLINE BOOKING

School Term Activities 2 to 5 years

Bush Treasures - Wednesday 1 August - 9:45am – 11am  - Meet at Gore Creek Reserve, St Vincents Rd, Greenwich.  We'll explore for some treasures on a bushwalk and even collect some of our own. ONLINE BOOKING

Nature Time - Tuesday 7 August 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West. Join us to spend some screen-free time where the only thing you will be downloading is the sights, smells and sounds of the bush. ONLINE BOOKING

ABC Animal Walk - Thursday 16 August 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview. We'll sing, learn the Aussie animal alphabet, go on a bushwalk and create a letter of your own. ONLINE BOOKING

Springtime Surprise - Friday 28 September 9:45am to 11am - Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, end of Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview.  Join us to discover the many springtime surprises that nature offers us on a bushwalk.  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 Program Term Three 2018

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.

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 a waitlist notification.  Please do not assume you are booked on the activity, until you receive a confirmation by email.

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!