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Bush School

Bush School learning and teaching methods are making Centennial Parklands an even more special place to learn and play.

Schools, childcare centres, community groups and individuals can access bush play and nature exploration in the heart of Sydney city. Already well known and widespread in Europe, Bush School in Australia is great news for educators and families and another good reason to visit Centennial Park.

What is Bush School?

Bush School is a hands on experiential learning program based on regular visits to the same local bush and woodland for an extended period.

Bush School is based on research and concepts from international best practice in nature education as well as current education models such as Forest Schools and Nature Kindergartens. Although the program has been developed and informed by international best practice it is a uniquely Australian concept in that it is based on the heritage and ecology of our unique landscape.

What happens in a Bush School lesson?

Our sessions include storytelling, a nature based activity, free play (climbing, digging, imagination, creativity) and nature games.

Bush School program

For upcoming Bush School program dates click here. These special 5 week courses cost only $150 and includes admission for one child and one adult. Children must be aged 2.5-5 years to attend. Parents are expected to attend but will receive their own nature play training as part of the program.

Group bookings are also available (cost varies) for the Bush School program for schools, pre-schools and child care centres. These can be tailored to different age groups and can be booked for a time and date that suits the group.

How do I book into Bush Schools?

Please go to our What's on page, you will find our Bush School events and will be able to book via Eventbrite.