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Bush School

Climb trees, build cubbies, explore the great outdoors, make mud pies, and discover strange bugs. (Re)connect children to nature and experience all of its benefits. Led by our expert team of education rangers, Bush School inspires love for the natural world through games, bushcraft activities, stories and more.

Bush School is a unique ten week nature play program for children aged 2.5 - 5 years. Learn more about the importance of children’s nature play by watching our video.

You can also watch us on Catalyst.

Dates: Bush School runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays

  • Term 1 Mondays: 3 February - 6 April
  • Term 1 Tuesdays: 4 February - 7 April 
  • Term 1 Fridays: 31 January - 3 April
Age: 2.5 – 5 years. A separate program runs for ages 5-12. Please click here for more information.
Meeting point: Fearnley Grounds, off Grand Drive, Centennial Park. Meet outside the café in Week 1.
Times: 9:30am - 11:30am

Cancellation policy: Once tickets are purchased no refunds, exchange or credits will be given, unless the event is cancelled by the Parklands due to dangerous conditions.

Special notes: Please note 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. 

Parents will also have the opportunity to receive training and advice on how to nurture and mentor their own nature child.

Our Bush School is a uniquely Australian program based on international best practice in Nature Pedagogy. It is a child-led nature play program which uses a nature connection mentoring approach to foster natural curiosity. To learn more about Nature Pedagogy and read what international experts have to say visit

Bush School is an outdoor program and will take place in all-weather except for high winds. 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. 

In case of poor air quality, the program will take place in the WILD PLAY Discovery Centre.

To view our terms and conditions, click here.

Bush School map

Bush School for ages 2.5-5 is located at Fearnley Grounds. In week 1, meet outside the café before heading to the Bush School site. See below for details.