Get your children out in our beautiful environment these school holidays.

Our Nearer to Nature school holiday programs at the Canning River Eco Education Centre provide unique, enjoyable activities that help children discover intriguing natural areas. 

During the school holidays, fun, hands-on activities bring kids of all ages up close and personal with the natural environment.

Nearer to Nature’s overall aim is to increase the community’s environmental awareness, knowledge and skills, including the related heritage of Indigenous and European cultures.

For all bookings for Nearer to Nature programs, please contact Nearer to Nature on 9295 2244 or

For more information and to book online, please view the links below:

Sparkling Summer Activities Brochure and Calendar

Winged Warriors

Thursday 10 January

10.00 - 11.30am, ages 4 – 7 years

With superhero masks on, explore how the amazing winged warriors of the insect world can help save our planet.

$14pp/$12 Discovery Club & Canning Cockatoo KIDS


Paddle Pursuit

Thursday 10 January

10.30am - 2.30pm, ages 10 – 13 years

Head out for a paddle in three-seater Canadian canoes and collect cryptic clues to discover what species call the Canning River home.

$32pp/$30 Discovery Club & Canning Cockatoo KIDS


Buzzy Buzzy Aussie Bee

Tuesday 15 January

10.00 - 11.30am, ages 5 – 8 years

Join us to discover more about our special native Aussie bees. Get the buzz on pollination techniques and the importance of wildflowers. Finish by making your own bee condo.

$14pp/$12 Discovery Club & Canning Cockatoo KIDS


Swamp Dwellers Discovery

Tuesday 15 January

1.00 - 3.30pm, ages 8 – 12 years

Become a scientist as you search for fascinating swamp dwellers. Identify tiny aquatic macroinvertebrates and determine what creates a suitable habitat. Create a scientific drawing of your critter.

$16pp/$14 Discovery Club & Canning Cockatoo KIDS


Enchanted River Environment

Tuesday 22 January

10.00 - 11.30am, ages 3 – 7 years

Join Faerie Cara on a journey of discovery through our enchanted riverine environment. Take a walk along the river’s edge and look closely to find something magical to discover how looking after nature is good for everyone.

$16pp/$14 Discovery Club & Canning Cockatoo KIDS


The Great Canoe Challenge

Tuesday 22 January

10.30am – 3.30pm, ages 13 – 16 years

In teams of 2-3 in canoes, head out onto the river and learn the basics of canoeing. Compete in on-water challenges while exploring the beautiful riverine environment.

$34pp/$32 Discovery Club & Canning Cockatoo KIDS


Canoodling on the Canning for Adults

Saturday 16 February

4.00 – 7.30pm, age 18+

For a special Valentines date, bring your partner for a sunset paddle along the Canning River and then have a special encounter with some adorable animals - it will be the best Valentines date ever!

$32pp/$30 Discovery Club