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Kids get Nearer to Nature in the Perth hills

New Totem Tales activity
New Totem Tales activity DPaW

Autumn is a great time for kids to explore the environment and the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring has some exciting activities planned for the school holidays.

As part of the successful Nearer to Nature program run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Perth Hills Discovery Centre is hosting two sessions each day of the holidays.

There are heaps of activities to choose from, including Cocky Capers on Monday 14 April from 10-11.30am, which suits children aged four to seven years. Kids can meet cockatoos up close, discover the types of places they call home, what they eat and why they have such unique features.

On Tuesday 15 April from 10am-3pm, trek through the bush and learn some awesome survival tips including traditional and modern navigation techniques, methods to collect water, fire-making skills and how to signal for help in an emergency as part of the Bush Survival activity for eight to 12-year-olds.

Nearer to Nature program coordinator Jill Francis said the new Totem Tales activity was a great new way of getting children to connect to nature by using Aboriginal totems. The activity runs on Thursday17 April from 1-2.30pm for ages seven to 12 years.

In the second week of the holidays, check out the fantastic “Behind the Scenes” visit to Chidlow Marsupial Hospital on Saturday 26 April from 2-4pm. An activity for the whole family and where children aged six and over can meet cute and cuddly animals and their hospital carers.

Other holiday activities at The Perth Hills Discovery Centre include Incy Wincy Spider on Tuesday 22 April from 10-11.30am for kids aged four to seven and Bush Cooking For Kids aged seven to 12 on Thursday 24 April from 1-3pm.

For more information about the broad range of Nearer to Nature activity sessions available throughout the April holidays, visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/n2n and download the Autumn’s Aura activity calendar and the annual activities brochure.

Ms Francis said all the activities were very popular and bookings were essential. Contact Nearer to Nature on (08) 9295 2244 from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday to reserve a place.

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