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Centennial Parklands Virtual Experiences

We bring the Bush to you – during these Spring Holidays!

Connecting to nature has never been more important than in times of online schooling and zoom meetings.

Let Greater Sydney Parklands’ education team bring the beauty of nature into your home or centre during these school holidays. Become a Bushranger or a Bush Chef and learn the arts and crafts of the life outdoors with our Education rangers.

Our spring program offers your children interactive virtual sessions with our skilled education rangers combined with a fun-filled activity pack to build your survival skills.

Keep the kids engaged and connected to nature and look after their wellbeing with these upcoming programs.

Week 1 - Bushrangers: Shelter Challenge

Shelter is the first and most important survival skill when out in the bush.

Let’s explore why we need shelter and how we can build our cubbies outdoors and indoors.

In our interactive workshop our rangers will show you how to find the best sticks and connect them – or what you do if there are no sticks around!

Children will understand the foundations of building both a Tarp Shelter and Debris Shelter. This program will spark their imaginative cubby building skills.

Our video and activity pack ensures that you will not forget your newly learnt skills!

Skills: Team Work, Foraging, Survival

Date: Monday 20th September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

 

Week 1 - Bush Chef: Make Fire, Damper, Butter and Jam!

Make the best of your time outdoors in lockdown by creating a ‘bush kitchen’ in your garden or local green space!*

Join our ‘Wild Chef’ Ranger Alasdair who will show you how to make a safe fire or portable gas stove to cook up some delicious campfire dishes – damper, home-made butter and jam, are on the menu this week!

When you book for each online session, you will receive an ingredient and equipment list, plus a safety briefing and worksheet so you’re ready to go live!**

The skills you learn in these sessions can be used for camping trips, picnics and ‘bush birthday parties’ at any time in the future!

Skills: Cooking, Foraging, Survival

Date: Tuesday 21st September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

Week 1 - Bush School: Whale Migration

Join our Education Rangers for a morning of Bush School full of stories and outdoor activities! Listen to  the story of the whales and how they migrate up and down the East Coast of Australia and engage in some fun games  and activities that you can keep on playing all day!

Our video and activity pack ensures that you will not forget your newly learnt skills!

Date: Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

Week 1 - Snugglepot & Cuddlepie, online theatrical experience

May Gibbs’ quintessentially Australian classics have fascinated and delighted generations of children and families, introducing them to the wonder and magic of the Australian bush. 

This online adaptation captures a short scene from the iconic Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. 

 After hearing a story from Professor Kookaburra, the Gumnut Babies are on a mission to have an adventure near their own tree.   They will explore some other animal homes and come up with fun games and activities that everyone can do safely to add a bit of adventure to being stuck at home. 

Help Snugglepot find the way!  Will Cuddlepie hold his nerve? Can you help them have a real adventure in their own backyard? 

These beloved characters come to life on zoom in this interactive, funny and enchanting performance that introduces today’s children to the wonderful world of May Gibbs. 

In Association with THE EATON GORGE THEATRE COMPANY and Centennial Parklands  ADAPTED FROM the book Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie BY MAY GIBBS by arrangement with The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance 

Date: Thursday 23rd September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

Week 1 - Bush Craft: Cordage

Cordage is the ancient skill of making rope from natural fibres of plants. This is essential bush craft has been used for millions of years to join, catch, or weave things together!

Find out which Australian plants are best to use. Join our education rangers to learn this essential bushcraft by twisting and weaving your own homemade rope.

Our video and activity pack ensures that you will not forget your newly learnt skills!

Skills: motor skills, plant knowledge

Date: Friday 24th September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

Week 2 - Bushrangers: Tracks, Trails and Treasure Hunts

Join our experienced Educators for a fun morning of Tracks, Trails and Treasure Hunts. Children will use their skills of investigation to identify some of their feathered and furry neighbours found in our parklands and in your neighbourhoods. Learn some fun mapping skills to create your own Treasure Hunt to share with your family, friends or neighbours (virtually of course!).

Our video and activity pack ensures that you will not forget your newly learnt skills!

Skills: Investigation, Team Work, Mapping Skills

Date: Monday 27th September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

Week 2 - Bush Chef: Green Omelette

Weeds are for the bin? Not with us!

Join our Bush Chef Alasdair for a morning of foraging, selecting, and cooking. You may have walked past an overgrown patch of weeds before, but Alasdair will help you identify the edible and nutritious weeds and turn them into a delicious lunch for you to enjoy. Many of these edible weeds are higher in vitamins, minerals and nutrients than those bought at the store – giving you improved gut-health, whilst keeping the garden tidy.

Our video and activity pack ensures that you will not forget your newly learnt skills!

Skills: Cooking, Foraging, Survival

Date: Tuesday 28th September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

Week 2 - Bush School: Wanda the Wallaby

Join our Education Rangers for a morning of Bush School full of stories and outdoor activities! Listen to the story of Wanda the Wallaby and find out what it’s like to be an animal in your local area. Engage your sense of smell and experience the world like one of our furry friends.

Follow Wanda the Wallaby with our ‘collecting smells’ activity  and ‘test your nose’ guessing game!

Our video and activity pack ensures that you will not forget your newly learnt skills!

Date: Wednesday 29th September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

Week 2 - Snugglepot & Cuddlepie, online theatrical experience

May Gibbs’ quintessentially Australian classics have fascinated and delighted generations of children and families, introducing them to the wonder and magic of the Australian bush. 

This online adaptation captures a short scene from the iconic Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. 

 After hearing a story from Professor Kookaburra, the Gumnut Babies are on a mission to have an adventure near their own tree.   They will explore some other animal homes and come up with fun games and activities that everyone can do safely to add a bit of adventure to being stuck at home. 

Help Snugglepot find the way!  Will Cuddlepie hold his nerve? Can you help them have a real adventure in their own backyard? 

These beloved characters come to life on zoom in this interactive, funny and enchanting performance that introduces today’s children to the wonderful world of May Gibbs. 

In Association with THE EATON GORGE THEATRE COMPANY and Centennial Parklands  ADAPTED FROM the book Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie BY MAY GIBBS by arrangement with The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance 

Date: Thursday 30th September 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

Week 2 - Bush Craft: Whittle your own Butter Knife & Wooden Spoon

Learn the ancient art of whittling – carving from wood. Ranger Alasdair will guide you step by step on how to safely cut wood from a living tree or shrub and turn it into a butter knife or wooden spoon. You will learn the skills of cutting, carving, sanding and oiling to make your own very unique cutlery for everyday use. Imagine bragging to your friends and family about making your own utensils! Full safety instructions will be given in the video, along with a worksheet and simple equipment list.

Recommended Ages 8 years and over.

Skills: Whittling, Carving, Wood Selection and Survival.

Date: Friday 1st October 2021
Time: 10am – 10.30am

Delivered via zoom

Activity sheet and How-to video sent out with zoom-link

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