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Brisbane City Council is offering a fantastic range of free kids' environmental activities this Easter school holidays, with everything from pooh-hunting to dip-netting available.
My family has previously enjoyed one of the Council's activities out at the Boondall Wetlands, where a trained volunteer took us on a nature walk. We got to see and understand a lot more in the wetlands than if we'd done it alone, and the volunteer very patiently answered my sons' endless questions.
This holidays, Boondall is offering an activity called 'Scats, Tracks and Other Traces', where kids check out scats (poohs), scratches, tunnels etc and try to work out what kind of animals have left them behind. It's a great, hands-on way to learn more about local wildlife.
Boondall also has the 'Rain-stick Stories' activity, where children get to create a rainstick from rice and natural materials found in the wetlands. They also learn more about flooding, and why wetlands are so important in helping our city cope with heavy rainfall.
At Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, you can choose from 'Kids' Bug Adventures', 'Environment Rangers' or 'Creek Creatures'. If you decide to head to the creek activity, you'll be able to paddle around and do some environmentally friendly dip-netting to learn more about creek habitats.
Downfall Creek also offers 'Let's Go Batty', where you can learn more about bats and check out a local bat colony. We've done a similar activity ourselves, and my children really enjoyed learning more about bats and their vital role in the ecosystem. It was also a good chance to get some accurate information about how to stay safe around bats.
Every one of these activities is free, and there are activities on offer for children aged from as young as 4 years up to 14 years. All the activities run in the morning, and range from around an hour up to two hours.