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Hop into winter school holiday activities

Frog forage
Frog forage

Get on your gumboots and forage for frogs as part of the Nearer to Nature school holiday activities this July.

Run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and featuring fun, hands-on learning in the natural environment, there are a wide range of sessions suitable for the whole family.

The evening Frog Forage activity will be held from 6-8pm at John Forrest National Park on Saturday 5 July, Canning River Eco Education Centre on 12 July and at Star Swamp Bushland Reserve on 19 July.

Nearer to Nature program coordinator Jill Francis said children six years and over along with their families could join in the froggy fun.

“Our friendly guides will teach you some common frog calls and help find some of these amazing animals in their natural habitat,” she said.

Ms Francis said one of the highlights of the July holiday program was the Celebrating NAIDOC event at Perth Hills Discovery Centre on Saturday 12 July from 1-4pm.

“NAIDOC Week occurs annually to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and this event is designed for families to do just that,” she said.

“There are multiple activities including boomerang painting, reed string-making, hunting and gathering and traditional tool making for the adults,” she said.

“Finally we cook some kangaroo sausages and damper and everyone enjoys tucking in.”

Another popular winter activity is the Fungi – Fun, Facts and Fiction session from 1-3pm at Perth Hills Discovery Centre on Tuesday 8 July and at Canning River Eco Education Centre on 15 July.

Kids aged seven to 12 can discover fascinating facts about fungi, make bread grow, go on a fungi hunt and create a funky, fungi-coloured bandana to take home.

Littlies aged four to seven years will love the Creature Feature activity on Monday 7 July from 10-11.30am at Perth Hills Discovery Centre. Cuddle up with a joey and listen to stories about other marvellous marsupials, then create animal art to take home.

Ms Francis said there were also activities planned for the award-winning Yanchep National Park, including two sessions of Adventure Caving on Thursday 17 July.

“And on Friday 11 July there is the Coolangar Dreaming session from 10-11.30am for children aged four to seven, followed by Funky Fossils from 1-3pm for kids seven to 12 years.”

Ms Francis said all the holiday 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.

Visit https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/get-involved/nearer-to-nature to download the full calendar of winter holiday activities and discover more about each activity in the annual brochure.

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