Bush kindy

Important for children’s well-being and development!

Our new bush kindy program in Para Wirra Conservation Park is a unique experience on the doorstep of Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Bush kindy exposes children to new experiences and self-directed play that is led by their curiosity. They are free to explore, practice new skills and learn new information through their exploration.

The activities and space also give children a renewed connection and appreciation of the natural environment.  

They learn to lead their own play, away from a formal setting, establishing new skills in collaborative, imaginative and creative play.

Families introduced to the park through their children’s involvement in bush kindy, have then been motivated to explore camping, bush walking and bike riding in parks too.

Creating a bush kindy

Adams Road Children’s Centre, Craigmore

The kids are so excited to be outside! They are exploring, touching, smelling and feeling elements in nature. The kids are curious about the environment and are learning about bugs that live in the lake, and different animals and plants. They are exposed to the weather and are seeing the changing of the seasons. The kids collaborate to create and explore. They are happy in the outdoors and are able to learn real-life experiences that you just can’t replicate at the kindy.

Read the full case study here.

Further information

If any schools are interested in attending a bush kindy session, contact the Para Wirra Conservation Park office on (08) 8115 4619 to discuss.

Alternatively, email the Gawler Natural Resources Centre or phone (08) 8115 4600.

Related links

Lead agency

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board


Department for Environment and Water

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges