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The 2024 Bush School program starting on 6 February has just been released, buy your tickets now for Tuesdays or Fridays.

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 February, March and April:

  • Week 1 - Tues 6 Feb & Fri 9 Feb: Get to know the mud kitchen, climbing tree, balancing logs, chalk rocks and more with the story of Dingo’s first day of Bush School. Make your own Bush School pet stick friend to show around!
  • Week 2 - Tues 13 Feb & Fri 16 Feb: Discover the wondrous animals who live in the pond, learn how we can help keep their home clean, and make your own pond animal using clay.
  • Week 3 - Tues 20 Feb & Fri 23 Feb: Take a closer look at who lives in the pond using dipnets, find out about the important role these teeny creatures play in the ecosystem through games and stories.
  • Week 4 - Tues 27 Feb & Fri 1 Mar: Learn about the incredible life cycle of the cicadas, make your own cicada shakers and music.
  • Week 5 - Tues 5 Mar & Fri 8 Mar: Listen closely to the sounds of the bush and make your own instruments to form a Bush orchestra.
  • Week 1 - Tues 12 Mar & Fri 15 Mar: 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 19 Mar & Fri 22 Mar: Build a shelter the Bush School way, one of our most beloved Bush School sessions will have everyone working together to build shelters and enjoy bundling up inside.
  • Week 3 - Tues 26 Mar & Fri 29 Mar: Discover the fabulous life cycle of a frog with a frog story, frog hunt, games, and frog craft.
  • Week 4  - Tues 2 Apr & Fri 5 Apr: Explore the Guriwal trail, learn the story of the Casuarina seed, and find out about D’harawal seasons.
  • Week 5 - Tues 9 April & Fri 12 Apr: Get to know the surprisingly large variety of Australian animals who lay eggs and enjoy an egg hunt adventure!1

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.
 

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.

The 2024 Bush School program starting on 6 February has just been released, buy your tickets now for Tuesdays or Fridays.

Bush School in 2024 - Bookings now open!

Bush School returns to Centennial Park from Tuesday 6 February and Friday 9 February 2024. 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 near the café at Fearnley Grounds, 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 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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