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Enjoy nature this January school holidays in Perth’s hills

Lovely ladybeetles activity
Lovely ladybeetles activity Parks and Wildlife

Want to Ramble With a Ranger these summer school holidays, or discover backyard baddies? Want to go on a search for Lovely Ladybeetles or learn about what makes ants so BrilliANT?  

These and many other activities are on offer for children in the January school holidays at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring as part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s popular Nearer to Nature program.

Children ages four to seven can experience a hands-on encounter with cuddly marsupials in Creature Feature, or take to the bush with catch net and wings in Damsels and Dragons.

For older children ages eight to 12, a Big Kids Campout is a cool overnight camp in the bush complete with an exclusive animal trapping activity.


Activities cater for the whole family too with Stars and stories from the iconic Perth Observatory giving you an insight into our spectacular universe.

Nearer to Nature Program Coordinator, Jill Francis said the summer school holidays was an excellent time to get children out and about experiencing all that nature has to offer.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for children and their parents to discover more about our amazing creatures, our unique culture and the importance of our bush” Ms Francis said.

Ms Francis said the activities were very popular and bookings were essential.

For further information visit or call Nearer to Nature on 9295 2244 to secure your child’s adventure in nature today.

Media contact: Parks and Wildlife Media 9219 9999