Bush Buddies

Do you love to explore? Are you excited by science? Do you like animals?

If you'd like to learn more about our little buddies who live in the bush, you've come to the right place.

The Bush Buddies program is designed for primary school kids (ages around 6 to 12). Access games, fun facts and special content to help inspire, entertain and inform our ecologists of the future. Whether it's exploring your own backyard, or a nearby patch of bushland, there's lots to learn, see and do.

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If you could BE any Aussie animal, would it be...

Dirt track detectives

We need to know which animals are on our reserves so we can look after them. But some are very hard to find!

Some animals only come out at night and others like to hide. One of the ways we can see which animals are around is looking for footprints.

Have you ever noticed how well footprints can be captured in sand? On reserves where we have sandy tracks, we set up several sites to be swept clear and then monitored for new footprints.

Jessica Stingemore manages our Charles Darwin Reserve in WA, and has a big job ahead of her sweeping all the sandpad monitoring sites. But the fun part is trying to figure out which animals made which footprints. Would you like to have a go at playing detective?

Fun things to make and do

Face masks

Do you know how some of our Aussie animals behave? Dressing up is lots of fun and it really gets you thinking. What are some things these animals can do that people can't? Print off and cut out face masks of an ant eating Numbat, cheeky Fairywren or sleepy Koala.

Make a face mask
Face masks

Bedroom name signs

It's not just animals that are territorial – kids can be too! Choose the first letter of your name, then download and print off the matching animal room sign. Mark your name on it and hang on your bedroom door to let everyone know who the room belongs to.

Find your sign
Bedroom name signs

Alwal origami

The world needs more Golden-shouldered Parrots - only between 700 and 1,100 of these beautiful turquoise and green birds remain in the wild on Cape peninsula in far north Queensland. Make your own unreal origami parrots with these simple instructions. Simply print and fold!

Get started
Alwal origami

Online jigsaws

You can do jigsaws of Australian animals online. Just drag and drop the pieces and when they fit, they'll click into place. How fast can you rebuild this Steve Parish photo of a sleepy Koala? Our best was 5 minutes. Can you beat it?

Start the jigsaw
Online jigsaws

Colourful creatures

Talented volunteers have created colouring sheets of native animals that live on our different reserves. Discover which creatures live in different parts of Australia and use our species spotlight pages to discover their colours and markings (or give them all spectacular new colours).

Get colouring
Colourful creatures

Decorate your device

When you're using a computer it's nice to be reminded of the beauty of nature and the Australian bush. Download free background wallpapers of our conservation reserves around Australia. Have them rotate on you device for a surprise tour each time you log on.

Choose free wallpapers
Decorate your device

Planning is important and kids' love structure. Download and print off this Portable Document File (PDF) weekly planner (10mb) to shape the days ahead.

Weekly planner.