Bush Skills 4 Youth
Bush Skills 4 Youth is a program of nature activities for young people funded by EMRC and member Councils in Perth’s Eastern Region.
The program aims to provide young people with opportunities to:
• develop an awareness and appreciation of their local natural environment
• develop skills on how to preserve their local natural environment
• become environmental stewards into the future.

Each year a series of free workshops are conducted in bush areas throughout the Eastern Metropolitan Region. Workshops with schools and youth groups take place during the term with community workshops in the holidays.
For more information including workshops, please click here 

Following advice from the Australian Department of Health in respect to restricting the spread of COVID-19, the EMRC has postponed all non-essential meetings/forums and large gatherings. Bush Skills 4 Youth workshops are currently suspended and alternative ways to deliver workshops and activities are being developed.

Resources and Activities 
This section will provide links to resources and activities developed by BS4Y for schools, home schoolers and youth groups. Links to some other organisations providing nature activities for families and young people will also be listed here.

Online access to resources aims to provide teachers, parents and youth group leaders with materials to deliver activities to encourage young people to continue to explore and learn about the natural environment and see links to resources below:

  • Bush Cards 4 Youth – A set of cards with the six Noongar seasons linked to common trees from the Darling Range and the season when they flower.
  • Holes in the Ground – an activity for young children to encourage them to look closely at animals’ holes.
  • Trees - Nature’s Hotels - This activity explores the role that trees play as nature’s hotels with rooms and food for different animals. Through the seasons they provide different foods and have different visitors.
    Click here to view a video about Nature's Hotels
    https://animoto.com/play/nZHs2F70EED4gkfZl1zMkQ NOTE: this link needs to be opened in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox to play

  • Treemendous Trees - Trees are natures icons. They provide shade, shelter and food for animals and us. This activity takes you outdoors to observe nature, especially trees.
    Click here to view a video about the Treemendous Trees
    https://animoto.com/play/Wlc0hrzaAv1XvRwBTfCz7Q NOTE: this link needs to be opened in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox to play

Other organisations providing nature activities for children

Bush Skills 4 Youth mailing list
For updates about Bush Skills 4 Youth school holiday programs please subscribe by clicking the link below. You can unsubscribe at any time and will only receive news and information related to Bush Skills 4 Youth.
To subscribe now please contact BS4Y@emrc.org.au

For more information about any aspect of Bush Skills 4 Youth or to find out about opportunities for schools or home-school families to participate in school-term workshops please contact the program coordinator.

Contact details
Subscribe to our Bush Skills 4 Youth mailing list at BS4Y@emrc.org.au
For information contact BS4Y- Environmental Projects Officer
Email: BS4Y@emrc.org.au
Phone: (08) 9424 2244 (direct) or (08) 9424 2222 (reception)