Bush Buddies

Join us this term for Bush Buddies – our brand new 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.

Starting on Fridays at 10am

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

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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 (first session free)
  • 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. Start time 10am.
  • 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 3

July-September Fridays 10am (50 minutes sessions)

Each session is designed to explore a new topic each week with a focus on animals and nature. They explore using four elements story time, music time, activity based learning and park exploration.






Wild Wombats

Story: Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

This session finds out more about wombats, getting kids to explore through movement and sensory learning.











Whose eggs are they?

Story: Have you seen my egg? By Penny Olsen

A focus on big and small, exploring and interacting with eggs from different animals.






Turtles are reptiles too

Story: The Foolish tortoise by Eric Carle

A focus on turtles, their characteristics and their movement is explored in this session.

We may even get a chance to meet one of our resident turtles.






Rainy Days

Story: Leap Frog by Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup

This session explores the animals that you might see on a rainy day such as, ducks, frogs, waterbirds and worms. It will end down at the wetlands, with our wonderful waterbirds.






Jumping Kangaroos

Story: A to Z Story of Australian Animals By Sally Morgan

This session focuses on kangaroos, joeys and the best way to pat our resident kangaroos. While using sensory and movement based learning.


1st September

4th September

Busy Bugs

Story: What’s your favourite bug? By Eric Carle OR Twig by Aura Parker

This session focuses on a variety of bugs, kids will get a chance to meet one and see how they move and look.


8th September

11th September

Delightful Ducks

Story: Alexanders Outing by Pamela

This session focuses on ducks and their unique features, using sensory and movement to make meaning.


15th September

18th September


Story: A Walk in the Bush By Gwyn Perkins (2020 book week book)

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.


22nd September

25th September

Possum Play

Story: Possum goes to school by Melanie Carter

This session focuses on possums, using visual, sensory learning opportunities. We may even meet one of our resident possums.



Bush Buddies Term 4

September-December Fridays 10am (45minutes sessions)

Each session is designed to explore a new topic each week with a focus on animals and nature. They explore using four elements Storytime, music time, activity based learning and park exploration.




16th Oct

Colourful Birds

Story: Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement

Animals come in all different colours and have different body textures. Let’s discover who has the brightest colours.


23rd Oct

Nest galore

Story: Waddle giggle gargle By Pamela Allen

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


30th Oct


Story: Somewhere in Australia by Marcello Pennacchio

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


6th Nov

Fantastic Frogs

Story: I don’t want to be a frog by Devorah Petty

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


13th Nov

What’s that noise?

Story: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

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.


20th Nov

Water Bugs

Story:The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister 

This session will look closely at the unique water bug group. Using sensory learning as a focus, kids will use magnifying glasses and pipettes to get a closer look.


27th Nov


Story: Koalas Eat Gum leaves By Laura Bunting

This session looks at koalas and how different they are to us. Let’s look at our resident koalas. What are they doing?


4th Dec

Slithery snakes

Story: Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan 

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.


11th Dec

Animal tracks

Story:Kangaroos Hop by Moriarty Balarinji OR Bush Tracks by Ros Moriarty

Let’s have a look at some animal feet and foot prints. Including Emu’s, Koalas, kangaroos, and ducks.Look at the feet and the prints they make.


Note: Kids make Christmas paper using their own hand prints.


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