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Outdoor Classroom Day

by Melanie Sim, Bunduluk Bush Playgroup

Did you know there is an international day to celebrate taking day care, pre school and school kids outside to learn? Outdoor Classroom Day is on September 7th every year, and this year Bunduluk Bush Playgroup took its activities to a local preschool to celebrate. Read more…

Life of a Tree

by Keira Warmington

The children all listened attentively to the teacher's story except for three boys for whom this kind of story was not at all interesting. Slowly they moved away, and trying not to be noticed managed to escape into the depths of the forest. "What nonsense! I will never believe that trees are alive and can feel," said the first boy scornfully. Read more…

Natural Playgrounds - Creating a Dry Creek Bed

by Nicole Sadlier, Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup

Children’s playgrounds across the world are seeing a move towards natural playgrounds or nature play parks - the rubber soft fall that has become standard in most kids playgrounds is being replaced by tactile, natural, loose parts materials such as sand and bark, metal climbing frames replaced by large logs and boulders, and mud, water and mess-making being embraced not avoided. Read more…

Ones and twos with no loos?! Hygiene in the bush

by Janelle Dennis, Parks and Conservation Service

Sometimes, you can only hang on for so long before you have to go!  So when the urge strikes, what do you do in the bush?   For number ones, the only concern you and your child need to ha… Read more…

Keeping plants and animals safe when we play

by Janelle Dennis, Parks and Conservation Service

Climbing trees is great fun and gives way to some wonderful, creative and imaginative play while building confidence and physical strength.  Be mindful when choosing a tree that it needs to b… Read more…

Ensuring your own safety in the bush

by Janelle Dennis, Parks and Conservation Service

Looking after yourself and your group is important and will result in an enjoyable experience of nature for children.  The number one rule for scouts is to ‘be prepared’ and no be… Read more…

The Barefoot Beachcombers #kelleygangadventureno4

by The Kelley Gang

     One of the absolute benefits of CBR living is the nature play opportunities not far over the border- two hours to surf and two hours to snow. Seeking some sunlight without… Read more…

The white walkers - #kelleygangadventureno3

by The Kelley Gang

     A cold snap for the weekend and ominous low cloud over the Brindabella mountains led us to a single thought - snow close to home a good day out. Our car pack for a winter f… Read more…

The Wallaby Watchers - #kelleygangadventureno2

by The Kelley Gang

A top of 10 degrees and high chance of rain....what better day to brave the elements and get the kids outdoors. Read more…

Nature play nurtures young minds

by Brett McNamara, Regional Manager with ACT Parks and Conservation Services

Growing up in our beautiful bush capital I have fond childhood memories of exploring the great outdoors. We would ride our bikes around the neighbourhood stopping in the street to play cricket, cool off under the garden hose while devouring an icy pole, entertaining ourselves as we swung from the clothesline. It was fun. Read more…

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