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Bush School

May and June bookings for Tuesdays or Fridays are now open! Book early to avoid missing out!

Want to get your kids off the screens  and out into nature? Join our Bush School program! 

These days, children spend more time than ever inside, especially on their devices.  

Bush School at Centennial Park will get your kids moving, creating, and thinking in a stimulating outdoor environment every week, giving them a chance to explore, discover and learn at their own pace.

This unique Nature Play program tailored for children aged 2.5 - 5 years is led by our expert Education Rangers, who bring urban children and their parents back to nature in the heart of Centennial Park.

The program is designed to inspire a love for the natural world in children through outdoor games, bushcraft activities and storytelling. 

After just a few sessions, your child will have gained all the benefits of Nature Connection and Nature Play by developing their creativity, confidence, attention, and sense of responsibility in the great outdoors!

Don't believe us? Check out our latest Bush School review on ellaslist here.

What's happening at Bush School in 2024?

Bush School children will engage with a range of nature play activities changing every 5 weeks. Discover the activities for the upcoming terms:

  • Week 1 - Tues 30 April & Fri 3 May: Hear the story of the Little Brown Spider and craft your own woven spider web.
  • Week 2 - Tues 7 May & Fri 10 May:  Explore the pine forest to discover the wondrous yellow-tailed black cockatoo, who visit the park each autumn.
  • Week 3 - Tues 14 May & Fri 17 May: Use your listening and music-making skills to enjoy the songs of the yellow-tailed black cockatoos. 
  • Week 4 - Tues 21 May & Fri 24 May: Create leaf art and hear the story of Lilly The Leaf.
  • Week 5 - Tues 28 May & Fri 31 May: Weave with natural materials and enjoy more leafy fun with magical autumn stories.
  • Week 1 - Tues 4 June & Fri 7 June: Learn animal tracking skills following tracks, scatts, sounds and more- test your skills to get a closer look at who lives in the park!
  • Week 2 - Tues 11 June & Fri 14 June: Imagine and discover what it’s like to be a turtle with a turtle game, story, and turtle egg craft.
  • Week 3 - Tues 18 June & Fri 21 June: Build a shelter the Bush School way! Adventure out to discover animal shelters and return to build our own stick shelters as a team.
  • Week 4 - Tues 25 June & Fri 28 June: Discover the wonderful world of microbats and echolocation on this batty session.
  • Week 5 - Tues 2 July & Fri 5 July: Cosy up by the Bush School campfire, watch the pop corn pop, and cook your very own damper with this beloved Bush School fire session. The perfect way to warm up the winter season!

*Weekly session themes subject to change pending weather and children's emerging interests.

A uniquely Australian nature play program

The Bush School program is rooted in the heritage and ecology of the unique Australian landscape. It was developed through research and concepts from international best practice in nature education as well as current education models such as Forest Schools and Nature Kindergartens. Centennial Park offers the perfect outdoor classroom for your child’s nature connection. 

Learn more about Bush School and they theory behind nature play at our Bush School site. Parents will also have the opportunity to receive training and advice on how to nurture and mentor their own nature child.

What happens during a typical day at Bush School?

Our sessions include storytelling, nature-based activities, free play (climbing, digging, imagination, creativity), art making and nature games.
Samantha, Bush School parent

"I am seeing my 3 1/2 yr old grandson grow and develop each week at Bush School. He knows Tuesdays are Bush School days, is excited to get there and he hangs on Ranger Dani's words. He has become more observant, sharing and curious, and between classes he repeats activities learnt. 

It is also creating a new bond between us which is heart-warming to experience. Both of us love the craft activities and Ranger Dani's excellent stories. 

Bush School is a wonderful experience, especially in the middle of a city and for children born into the Covid lockdown. 

Highly recommended."

Bridget, Bush School Grandmother
"Amazing learning experience for both kids and parents, learning to see and appreciate what’s around you."
Bush School Mother
"A wonderful natural calming experience every week."
Sam, Bush School Father

Save 10 % with a 5-week pass or book a single ticket for a drop-in session!


Bush School is available at $35 per session, and we now offer a 10% discount for booking a five-week pass ($157.50 instead of $175).  If you'd like to try Bush School before booking in multiple weeks, you can book a single ticket.

Get your Bush School ticket! You can buy drop-in tickets ( one session) or a 5-week pass (five sessions) for either Tuesday or Friday.

Book your 5 Week Pass or Drop In Tickets for Tuesdays here..

Book your 5 Week Pass or Drop In Tickets for Fridays here.

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Important information about Bush School 

Plan your visit
  • Bush School is an outdoor program and will take place in all-weather except for high winds and electrical storms.
  • Participants (adults and children) are expected to dress for the outdoors, including bringing wet weather gear, a hat, sturdy enclosed shoes and waterproof footwear when required.
  • If we are expecting rain, tarp shelters will be set up in the outdoor classroom to provide some cover for our participants.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be a dedicated snack break during each session, so please bring food for your child.

Meeting point: Our Bush School site is located amongst the beautiful Paperbark trees on the Guriwal Trail side of Ash Paddock, off Grand Drive, Centennial Park. See map here.

Bush School is available on Tuesdays or Fridays Save 10% when you purchase a five-week Bush School pass. Refunds available if you or your child are unable to attend due to illness, Ticket exchanges available if you are unable to attend your session. 
COVID-19, Infectious Disease and Viruses

COVID-19, Infectious Disease and Viruses: 

I understand that it is my responsibility to ensure that all attendees associated with this booking do not attend if: 

  • We/I show any COVID-19, Infectious disease or virus symptoms or feel unwell. 
  • We/I have had a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting within 12 hours of the program. 
  • We/I have been asked to self-isolate. 
  • We/I have had a positive COVID-19 test result and continue to have symptoms. 

If any of the above apply to you or any attendee associated with this booking we request that you do not attend this program. In this instance please contact us via email to arrange a refund of your ticket for any of the above reasons. 

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