Bush Buddies

Join us this term for Bush Buddies – our pre-school education program aimed at 2-4 year olds.

Each week children will explore a different Australian animal through storytelling, music, interactive and sensory learning experiences, while exploring the park.

Kids will find out more about possums to lorikeets, as well as some of our more famous residents. You will also learn which animals to look for on a rainy day, how to identify those sounds in your garden, and which of our animals have the brightest colours and the smoothest skin.

Your little nature lover will spend 45 minutes with our fully qualified educator and while younger children are welcome to attend, please note some activities may not be suited for children under 2 years.

Available:

  • Monday 11am
  • Tuesday 10am
  • Friday 10am

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For multiple bookings call  8339 2444 or 8130 9016

COST: $8 per session + park entry (become a Cleland member and receive unlimited entry all year round!)

Hot weather:

  • Bush Buddies will still commence in the hot weather, however will be adapted to accommodate the heat.  If the weather is over 370 the session will be held indoors.
  • Days of catastrophic fire danger all sessions will be cancelled and park will be closed.

Rainy weather:

  • Bush Buddies will still commence on rainy days, sessions will be held indoors.

If session are cancelled due to extreme weather or COVID-19 you will be emailed by the children’s program coordinator. 

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Terms and Conditions

  • Bookings recommended and available upon arrival. Keep in mind sessions have a maximum group size of 14 children.
  • Sessions are $8 per child
  • Park entry is required (this is a great opportunity to become a Cleland Member and receive unlimited entry).
  • Park entry for under 4 years of age are free.
  • Duration 45 minutes
  • Sessions will commence and conclude at the designated time.
  • Suitable for 2-4 years, although younger children can attend, just note some activities may not be suited for children under 2 years.
  • Refunds not available, however we can reschedule if you contact us before the booked session.
  • Cancellations by Cleland Wildlife Park may occur due to extreme weather, or other conditions, outside of the park’s control. You will be notified if this is to occur and will be invited to reschedule or be refunded in full.  If a Total Fire Ban day is declared, management reserves the right to cancel the tour. We will endeavour to reschedule and ensure you still maintain your booking.  In the event you cannot attend the re-scheduled tour, a full refund will be granted. Management reserve the right to cancel tours, for safety reasons, at any time.

Bush Buddies Term 1 

Week

Topic

 

Monday

11AM

Tuesday

10AM

Friday

10AM

1

1st February

2nd February

5th February

Lovely Lizards

Story: Do lizards eat ice-cream? How to beat the heat by Etta Kaner

This session has a focus on the warm weather and how some of our animals cope in the heat. This session will have focus on texture and patterns of animals such as lizards.

2

8th February

9th February

12th

February

Enormous Emus

Story: Where’s Stripy by Wendy Binks

This session explores emus and their unusual qualities, focusing on Emu’s feet, feathers and eggs. With a focus on sensory learning. Children will have the opportunity to have a close encounter with an emu.

3

15th February

16th

February

19th

February

Spiders those 8 Legged Critters

Story: The very busy spider By Eric Carle

This session will explore the characteristics of the spider group, using movement and visuals to help us along the way. We may even try to build our own web!

4

22nd February

23rd

February

26th

February

Kangaroos, Kangaroos

Story: What’s in your pocket? By Ruth Symons and Laura Watkins

This session focuses on kangaroos and their unique characteristics and animal care. This session ends with children meeting and feeding a resident kangaroo.

5

1st

March

2nd March

5th

March

Interesting Insects

Story: Heads and tails- Insects by John Canty

This session has a focus on bugs using sensory and exploration to discover these cool creatures. Kids may even meet a resident insect.

6

8th March

9th March

12th March

Sneaky Potoroos and Bandicoots

Story: Scoot, Scoot, Bandicoot by Karen Treanor and Mary Woodwand.

This session focuses on bandicoots and potoroos. These animals are great diggers, let’s go on a potoroo hunt and see if we can track them around the park.

7

15th March

16th March

19th March

Look out for Snakes

Story: Hide and Snake by Keith Baker

This session has a focus on scaly snakes and their special characteristics and snake safety, when walking in the bush.

8

22nd March

23rd March

26th march

Beautiful Butterflies

Story: Secret World of Butterflies by Courtney Sina Meredith and Giselle Clarkson.

This session gets kids to explore butterflies characteristics through a variety of ways, including movement and visuals.

9

29th March

30th March

N/A

Good Friday

Brilliant Bilbies – Easter

Story: Hunwicks Egg by Mem Fox

This session focuses on Australia’s Easter Bilby. Where they live and what they look like. Are they similar to a rabbit? This session will be Easter themed.

Bush Buddies Term 2 

Week

Topic

 

Monday

11AM

Tuesday

10AM

Friday

10AM

1

N/A ANZAC Day

27th April

30th April

Turtles

Story: The Foolish Tortoise by Eric Carle

This explores turtles and tortoises and their similarities and differences, through sensory learning and movement.

 

2

3rd May

4th May

7th May

Busybird Beaks

Story: Busy Beaks by Sarah Allen

This session focuses on the different shapes of bird beaks and what they are used for. This session has a focus on big and small.

 

3

10th May

11th May

14th May

Dingos and Tasmanian Devils

Story: Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan

This session is focused on dingos and Tasmanian Devils and their special characteristics. Using their sense of sights and hearing kids will explore these wonderful animals.

4

17th May

18th May

21st May

What’s that noise?

Story: Kookaburras love to laugh by Laura and Philip Bunting.

What noise does a kangaroo make? What about a koala? This session focuses on the unusual sounds our Australian animals make. Bring your listening ears and let’s find out!

5

24th May

25th May

28th May

Fantastic Frogs

Story: Leap Frog By Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup

Let’s learn about frogs and their unique characteristics. We will may even get a chance to meet one of our resident frogs.

6

31st May

1st June

4th June

Bugs Bugs Bugs

Story: Twig by Aura Parker

This session focuses on out 6 legged critters and

7

7th June

8th June

11th June

Possum Magic

Story: Possum Magic by Mem Fox

This session has a focus on the possums and their wonderful characteristics, Where do they live? What do they eat? Come along and find out.

 

8

N/A Public Holiday

15th June

18th June

Who can hop?

Story: Kangaroos Hop By Ross Moriarty Balarinji

Kangaroos hop, frog’s hop, what other animals hop? Some and find out. This session has a focus on movement.

 

9

21st June

22nd June

25th June

Wonderful Water birds and their nests

Story: Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement

A focus on Pelicans, kids will be exploring the amazing pelican characteristics. This session will be located at the Wetlands area.

 

 

Bush Buddies Term 3 

Week

 

Topic

 

Monday

11AM

Tuesday

10AM

Friday

10AM

1

 

19th July

20th July

23rd July

Reptiles are Rad!

Story: Beware of the Crocodile by Martin Jenkins

Let’s learn about scaly retiles like crocodiles, lizards and snakes. Some dinosaurs are reptiles too. Come along and find out more.

2

 

 

26th July

27th July

30th July

Animal Homes

Story: The Little Aussies Bush Babies by Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson

This session explores the various homes. Where does a bird sleep? Where does a Tasmanian devil live? Through visual and sensory exploring we discover the answers.

3

 

 

2nd August

3rd August

6th August

Geese please

Story: Boo to a Goose by Mem Fox

This session focuses on cape barren geese and magpie geese, the things they get up to and the unique features they have.

4

 

 

9th August

10th August

13th August

Wombats

Story: Wombat Goes to School by Jackie French

This session focuses on the unusual sounds of our wonderful animals we have here at Cleland such as emus, possums, dingos, curlew, cockatoo, rainbow lorikeet, Tasmanian devil. This session will end at the Woodland aviary, listen to the unusual birds that reside there.

5

 

 

16th August

17th August

20th August

Colourful Birds

Story: A Parrots Wish by Heather Freeman

This session has a focus on birds and the wonderful variety of feathers and colours they can have. Including lots of sensory activities and observing the lorikeets flying in the trees.

6

 

 

23rd August

24th August

27th August

Wallabies

Story: Look and See by Shane Morgan

This session looks at the similarities and differences of wallabies and kangaroos, as well as getting the chance to meet some up close.

7

 

 

30th August

31st August

3rd September

Who lays eggs?

Story: Have you seen my egg? Penny Olsen

Exploring the different sizes of eggs, nests and birds. This session has a focus on big and small and gets kids to match eggs and nests to birds.

8

 

 

6th September

7th September

10th September

Wonderful Worms

Story: Yucky Worms by Vivian French and Jessica Ahilberg

Animals come in all different colours and have different body textures. Let’s discover who has the brightest colours – while observing them in their natural habitat.

 

9

 

 

13th September

14th September

17th September

Marsupials Manners

Story: Hana and the Koala by Heather Freeman

Did you know koalas and wombats are related? Let’s discover what they both like and don’t like.

 

Bush Buddies Term 4 

Week

 

Topic

 

Monday

11AM

Tuesday

10AM

Friday

10AM

1

 

11th October

12th October

15th October

Night time creatures

Story: Goodnight Possum by Coral Vass

Who comes out at night time? Possums, potoroos and bandicoots these little animals all around the park. Are they sleeping today? Let try and find some. This session focuses on animal care

2

 

18th October

19th October

22nd October

Rare Rock Wallabies

Story: Benny Bungarra’s Big Bush Clean – up by Sally Morgan

Who knows what a yellow-footed rock wallaby is? How do they move? Where do they live? Let’s find out through movement and interactive exploration. This session has a bit of walking and will be located down at the rock wallabies.

3

 

25th October

26th October

29th October

Scrap that Scat

Story: The Story of the Little Mole Who knew it Was None of His Business by Wolf Erlbruchand Werner Holzwarth

This session focuses on different animal tracks and the poos they leave behind. I

wonder what a wombat poos looks like.

4

 

1st November

2nd November

5th November

Ducks Rock

Story: Duck by McKinlay

This session focuses on ducks and their unusual characteristics that help them to swim and walk.

 

5

 

8th November

9th November

12th November

Scales-Fur-Feathers Wowee

Story: I went walking by Sue Machin

Some animals have fur, some have scales, and some even have feathers. This session focuses on different animal textures.

 

6

 

15th November

16th November

19th November

Curious Cycles

Story: Lyssie the Butterfly by Eva-Marie Welsh

This sessions explores butterfly cycles. From munching crawling caterpillars to flying butterflies. Using visual and movement based learning to engage children.

7

 

22nd November

23rd November

26th November

Safe snakes

Story: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

This session focuses on reptiles and teaching kids not to approach strange animals in the wild. Snake safety and maybe even meet a resident snake.

8

 

29th November

30th November

3rd December

Echidna

Story: Puggles Problem by Aleesah Darlison

This session explores the unique characteristics of echidnas, through sensory activities and exploration of their environments.

9

 

6th December

7th December

10th December

Nothing but Nests

Story: Bird Builds a nest by Martin Jenkins,Richard Jones

Exploring the different sizes of eggs and the nest and materials used for nests. This session has a focus on nests and how they are built, using a storytelling and construction approach.

 

Note: Children will make a mini Christmas wreath using their newly acquired nest building skills - Nature wreath for Christmas.

Terms and Conditions

  • Bookings recommended and available upon arrival. Keep in mind sessions have a maximum group size of 14 children.
  • Sessions are $8 per child
  • Park entry is required (this is a great opportunity to become a Cleland Member and receive unlimited entry).
  • Park entry for under 4 years of age are free.
  • Duration 45 minutes
  • Sessions will commence and conclude at the designated time.
  • Suitable for 2-4 years, although younger children can attend, just note some activities may not be suited for children under 2 years.
  • Refunds not available, however we can reschedule if you contact us before the booked session.
  • Cancellations by Cleland Wildlife Park may occur due to extreme weather, or other conditions, outside of the park’s control. You will be notified if this is to occur and will be invited to reschedule or be refunded in full.  If a Total Fire Ban day is declared, management reserves the right to cancel the tour. We will endeavour to reschedule and ensure you still maintain your booking.  In the event you cannot attend the re-scheduled tour, a full refund will be granted. Management reserve the right to cancel tours, for safety reasons, at any time.

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