Bush Club

  • Fridays, school term time
  • For children aged 5 – 10 years
  • $82.50 per day, full term commitment
  • Held in Guanaba

Bush Club is a weekly forest school program held in the wild rainforest on Kombumerri country, Guanaba. We are an adventure-based nature connection program for children aged 5 – 10 years. This program is award-winning, having been selected for the Queensland Government Nature Play Community Award for Outdoors Qld in 2020. There’s nothing else like it around! Full day play and adventure in wild nature with a crew of children who are growing and learning together.

Bush Club’s focus is for children to develop connection to self, others and place – with a deep connection to wild nature and our local Kombumerri culture.

The connection grows gradually as children develop skills for personal growth, self-regulation, organisation, leadership and social connection. For this reason, enrolment in this program is a commitment to long-term growth for children and nature.

CONSERVATION –Our focus is on connection to the environment and conservation of the native species in this area. Our ongoing conservation project involves the children in the protection and preservation of the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and its host vine the pararistolochia praevenosa, both considered endangered species in this area.

Each week we plant a new vine and check the growth of the vines we have found homes for in the rainforest. Each child has a vine they care for and nurture. We also teach the children about native and non-native plants, bush tucker, toxic plants.

CONNECTION – Our practices mentor children in developing an awareness of their natural environment, constantly learning something new about it each week. Children’s experiences become part of our learning stories, forming a tradition of sharing wisdom and advice based on actual learning events. In this way children teach children each week.

The youngest have as much wisdom to share as the oldest. Children’s weekly or fortnightly immersion in the natural landscape across the term allows them to learn about seasonal changes, experience growth in the environment, reflect on previous learning and to develop an intuitive connection to the environment.

CHALLENGE – We maintain a predictable rhythm to our days so that we can manage our needs and plan our time, however every week the children decide the nature of their day’s activities. Our environment includes wild rainforest, dry bushland, rocky creek beds and sharing space with other creatures and the elements.

No two days are the same and each day may present a challenge for children to overcome physically, emotionally or developmentally.

Our task as mentors is to companion children through these challenges. We see some amazing growth in children’s physical strength, balane, agility, compassion, conversation, problem-solving, emotional resilience and reflection.

To register please complete the form below and this will place you on our waiting list. We will contact you when a vacancy is available. If your child attends primary school it is necessary that they have a flexible learning plan in place and are attending with permission from their school.