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Bush School

Bush School is a unique nature play program for children aged 2.5 - 5 years. This special week-by-week program, led by our expert Education Rangers, brings urban children and their parents back to nature in the heart of Centennial Parklands.

Term 3, 2022 - Mondays

Term 3, 2022 - Tuesdays

Term 3, 2022 - Thursdays

Drop in - Fridays

Term 3 activities

During Bush School in Term 3, children will learn and play in nature whilst exploring a winter theme through:

  • Whale migration
  • Microbat hibernation
  • Cordage making
  • Stories and song

(Re)connect your children to nature

These days, kids spend more time than ever inside and especially in front of screens. Bush School at Centennial Parklands is designed to inspire a love for the natural world in children through outdoor games, bushcraft activities and storytelling.

Bush School 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. By the end of Term 3, they will have gained all the benefits of Nature Connection and Nature Play by developing their creativity, confidence, attention, and sense of responsibility.

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 Parklands offers the perfect outdoor classroom for your child’s nature connection.

What happens during Bush School?

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

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.

Trunk walking

Trunk walking

Shelter building

Shelter building

Connect to nature with your child

Mud play

Mud play


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Important information about our Bush School program

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.
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 near the café at Fearnley Grounds, off Grand Drive, Centennial Park. See map here.

Bush School is available as a weekly ticket throughout Term 3. Refunds are available if you or your child show any symptoms related to COVID-19. 
COVID-19 Guidelines

Please check our Covid-19 Safety Plan before booking.

Do not attend our programs, if

  • You show any COVID-19 symptoms or feel unwell
  • You have returned a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test
  • You have been asked to self-isolate

Please follow the NSW Health COVID-19 testing and self-isolating Health Order advice. We will refund your ticket if you or your child are not able to attend due to any of the above reasons.

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