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 holidays. Visit 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 Four: November & December 2021 Program
November - December 2021 Program.pdf
Ensure you buy/get tickets for BOTH adults and children.
Lane Cove Bush Kids ACTIVITIES: School 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. Friday 5 November 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, past the playground, Lane Cove West Online booking 5 Nov
Bob the Builder - Male Brush Turkeys are still busy tending to their mounds trying to attract females. Get to know these characters of the bush and go on a BT spotting walk. We'll even make our own 'Bob' to take home! Thurs 11 November 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North Online booking 11 Nov
River Life - Lane Cove River is a special place to spend time and enjoy what nature has to offer us. We'll have some water fun getting to know some of the plants and animals that call the river home. Wednesday 17 November 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, past the playground, Lane Cove West Online booking 17 Nov
Turtles, Tadpoles & Tots - A fun combination for learning, exploration and gettin gto know each other. We'll be learning about a tadpole's lifecycle, how a turtle protects itself and where they both like to live. We'll even make a turtle of our own! Thursday 25 November & 9 December 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview Online booking 25 Nov Online booking 9 Dec
Cicada Days - Black Prince, Greengrocer and Double Drummer - with over 200 species of cicadas in Australia it can get noisy in summer! Join us to go cicada hunting. We may find some cicada shells or a live cicada, either way, it will have a chance to explore and have some fun. Wednesday 1 & Friday 17 December 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North Online booking 1 Dec Online booking 17 Dec
Christmas in the Bush - What better place to celebrate Christmas than being surrounded by nature! We'll have some Christmas stories, a treasure hunt, decorate our own Christmas tree and get creative with Christmas craft. A good start to the holiday season! Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 December 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview Online booking 21 Dec Online booking 22 Dec
Tickets to all activities are essential for both adults and children - to 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 only make a booking if you are going to attend. If you or your child are unwell and you cannot attend, please email email@example.com to notify.
Activities are for 2 to 5 years during school term time and 2 to 10 years during school holidays, unless otherwise stated.
All activities are $10.85 per child per activity (no charge for adults, unless otherwise stated, but a ticket is required). 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 two weeks (14) 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.
If you have questions about the program, please call Council on 9911 3508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Book early, as spots fill quickly. If the activity is fully booked, you can go on the waitlist. Please ensure you get 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 also have a ticket to come along on the activity.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council also runs a Bushland Walks and Talks program throughout the year for adults and families!