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Our Bringing Back the Bush tree-planting program for primary and high school students has been encouraging kids to get their hands dirty for more than 5 years now. Enabling nearby school students to develop a lifelong connection between nature and Western Sydney Parklands. 

In 2021 from Lizard Log we brought this free outdoor learning opportunity to students who would not normally get to participate in an excursion or community program due to economic, social or geographical disadvantage. We covered both the program fee and transport costs to and from the Parklands. 

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Why are we Bringing Back the Bush?

 Our goals are simple. Through the Bringing Back the Bush program we want to:

  • connect the community to this special place and the traditional custodians of this area

  • regenerate the Cumberland Plain Woodland (listed as ‘critically endangered’ by the Australian Government) which once covered 30% of Sydney

What do kids do during Bringing Back the Bush?

Students engage in cross-curricular activities with indigenous cultural perspectives, science, geography, sustainability, and tree planting to restore native habitat for native animals of the area.

While helping us plant native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers in the Parklands, students also get a fun, hands-on lesson in an outdoor classroom.  Students learn the art of mapping, look for macroinvertebrate creatures in Grey Gum Dam, participate in an Aboriginal cultural presentation with Dharug elders, and enjoy free play in the playground. Classes are also assigned a ‘special animal’ to look out for at Lizard Log.

What happens after attending Bringing Back the Bush?

Back at school students can draw a picture of their time at Lizard Log and write about their experience. Past students drew images that have been used in our Lizard Log Kids Trail Map for all students attending the program to use.

Students are encouraged to return to Lizard Log with their families to visit their tree planting site, have a picnic, and play in the Lizard Log playground. By bringing back the bush native animals, such as the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and the Dwarf Tree Frog can also return to the area.

Why do schools love Bringing Back the Bush?

“We have had amazing feedback from our parents and community members, saying their children came home from the excursion and wouldn't stop talking about how much fun they had. They are excited to visit the park in the future and see their trees/plants grow. The Aboriginal Cultural activities were such an eye-opener for our students.”

Lauryn Fitton, Assistant Principal, Governor King Phillip Public School

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