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Kids' zone

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! 

Activity Packs

Download our series of colourful, beautifully illustrated, Bush Buddies 16-page Activity Packs. They’re designed to occupy Primary school aged kids during the school holidays, with learning about nature and the protection of native Australian animals.

Bush Buddies Activity Pack Volume 11

It’s turtle time! Learn about the marine turtles in Australia’s coastal waters, the vast distances they travel and how we can help protect the beaches where they nest.

Discover our partnership with TOMRA, a global company that run Reverse Vending Machines, which are helping close the loop on container recycling.

Finally, hear how a squelching farty-noise led to an exciting discovery!

Download Bush Buddies Volume 11 (6mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 10

Start with a wildflower word search, and lots about the wonderful flowers at Eurardy Reserve in Western Australia.

Learn about how we work with conservation dogs and discover the Garma Festival that happens each year in the Northern Territory.

Learn how we’re using cool burning to save the endangered New Holland Mouse and everything you could want to know about Budgerigars.

Download Bush Buddies Volume 10 (7mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 9

Meet your native neighbours. You can help them by creating more habitat in your own backyard or on your balcony.

Find out how one lucky Thorny Devil has been rescued, learn all about Cockatoos and try our animal mix and match.

Which animals do you think would be good mixed together? What would you call your new creature?

Download Bush Buddies Volume 9 (8mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 8

Help a goanna on an egg hunt, learn how to bird watch and enjoy some egg-cellent Easter jokes!

We discover how frogs survive in the desert, learn all about Koalas and meet Shelly the travelling turtle, who was tracked swimming over 2,600km!

Activities include creating your own Autumn leaves and adding some colour to beautiful Tree Frog and Tasmanian Devil illustrations.

Download Bush Buddies Volume 8 (6mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 7

Discover just how far a kangaroo can hop and learn all about echidnas – Australia’s most widespread native mammals.

Outdoors in Summer there’s lots to do – make a backyard sundial, a bush cubby or conduct a scientific insect audit.

Our partners explain how fire is sometimes used in a special way to protect their Country and there’s a Word Search, colouring and more!

Download Bush Buddies Volume 7 (7mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 6

Springtime means flowers, which attract an important species to our gardens – bees! Create your own bee shelter or tree frog hotel.

You can also learn more about the most acrobatic of our small mammals – gliders.

We revise the art of making daisy chains, you can unscramble code words, enjoy some jokes or add some spring colours to a butterfly or Rainbow Lorikeet.

Download Bush Buddies Volume 6 (6mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 5

It’s dark nice and early in winter so there’s more time to look up at the stars – let’s go star gazing!

We’ll also introduce an amazing science experiment in which you’ll witness walking water, make some sock puppets, there’s a mega crossword, more jokes, colouring and fun facts.

Meet the dancing Brolga and learn how our partners are helping to protect the Bilby.

Download Bush Buddies Volume 5 (6mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 4

In Northern Australia some cheeky birds use fire as a tool for hunting.

You’ll also learn more about the unique and amazing Platypus and some of the secrets to keeping fish happy – even in the desert!

Experiment with creating your own nutrient-rich soil, unscramble some species names, match jokes with their punchlines and bring some colouring pages to life.

Download Bush Buddies Volume 4 (6mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 3

Learn how to attract lizards to your backyard and meet a Tassie Devil – the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world!

Experiment with making a real-life rainbow and get a recipe for cooking campfire damper.

You’ll also learn about migratory birds, impress friends with your new-found wildlife tech skills, complete a possum maze and colour some more creatures!

Download Bush Buddies Volume 3 (5mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 2

Discover all that’s weird and wonderful about Thorny Devils (they have ‘pretend’ heads, can absorb water through their bodies, change colour and have a very strange walk).

Play dirt-track detective by matching footprints to animals that left them, then look for native residents in our mega word search.

Ecologist Alana De Laive responds to a reader question and there’s more colouring and a Koala face mask to be made!

Download Bush Buddies Volume 2 (5mb PDF)

Bush Buddies Volume 1

Meet a master of disguise – the Tawny Frogmouth. We also invite kids to come on Poo Patrol with us and discover what we can learn from animal droppings about their habitat, health and diet.

There’s a quick quiz to help us match that scat! 

You can also create an origami copy of an endangered parrot, bring a Burrowing Bettong to life and add colour to some native animals.

Download Bush Buddies Volume 1 (2.8mb PDF)

Things to do

Dirt track detectives

Take a quick quiz and see if you can figure out which animals left these tracks on our conservation reserves.

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Decorate your devices

With these desktop wallpapers we'd like to share with you some of the landscapes, plants and animals that we protect together. We'll add new photographs from time to time and let you know through our newsletters and Facebook page.

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How to attract lizards to your garden

Wherever you are in Australia, when the weather's warm, chances are there are lizards that you could encourage into your garden. Skinks, dragons, geckoes and blue-tongues all make great neighbours – not only will they protect your garden by eating up insects, some can take care of slugs and snails as well.

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The art of birdwatching

Lots of people who work at Bush Heritage enjoy birdwatching – both out on our nature reserves and in local suburban areas. Let’s look at why we love it and how you can get involved too.

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Get crafty

Colourful creatures

Download free colouring-in pages featuring the threatened Australian animals protected on our various conservation reserves. A fantastic way to engage kids in learning about Australian animals and their habitats. Includes wombats, cockatoos, dunnarts, Malleefowl, bandicoots, Dingoes, Mulgara, quolls, skinks, turtles, Tasmanian Devils and many more.

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Native animal illustrations and colouring pencils.

Alphabet room 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 PDF file under the relevant image below. Mark your name on it and hang on your bedroom door to let everyone know who the room belongs to.

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Rainbow Lorikeet illustration.

Face masks

Do you know how some of our Aussie animals behave? What would it be like, if you could BE one of our animals for a while? Dressing up is lots of fun and it really gets you thinking. What are some fun things these animals can do that people can't do?

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Numbat illustration for a face mask.

Alphabet animal colouring

Free colouring pages to print for kids. Learn the names of some of Australia's remarkable animals while learning alphabet sounds and colouring in.

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E is for Echidna illustration for colouring.

Origami paper parrots

The Golden-shouldered Parrot, or Alwal in Olkola language, is one of Australia’s most colourful birds. When you're ready to make a paper parrot, download our PDF template and print on a double-sided colour printer. Then simply cut out and follow the instructions.

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Origami paper parrot.
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