Getting communities Nearer to Nature. Nearer to Nature is an educational and community engagement program that is operated primarily at the Department of Parks and Wildlife's Perth Hills Discovery Centre and other locations around the Perth metropolitan area. Our aim is to provide opportunities for the public to interact positively with environments close to their homes in suburban Perth. There are a variety of environments to choose from including forest, bushland, wetland, river, beach and marine.

School holiday program

For each Western Australian school holiday period Nearer to Nature publish a calendar of activities which details the activities on offer, dates, locations and prices.

The calendar is available for Discovery Club members six weeks prior to the holidays and shortly thereafter for the general public.

Become a Discovery Club member for instant benefits.

As a member of Near to Nature's Discovery Club, our calendar of activities will be available to you before it is more widely distributed, giving you the best chance of booking a place on our most popular activities.

In addition you will be entitled to a discounted price on activities, as well as our quarterly newsletter.   All this for only $15 per year for the whole family!  Call now and your membership discounts will apply to activities this season.


Bookings are required for all activities, so please phone us on 9295 2244.  Payment can easily be made by credit card at the time of booking.

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Sunset paddle (for the family)

Saturday 8 April 2017 3:30 - 6pm, Canning River Eco Education Centre
Join us on the Canning River for a twilight paddle.

Easter bilby family fun day

Sunday 16 April 2017 morning and afternoon at 10am - 12noon and 12:30 - 2:30pm, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
Enjoy an all-Aussie Easter with a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Canning canoeing quest

Thursday 13 April 2017 11 - 4:00pm, Canning River Eco Education Centre
Gear up for an afternoon challenge on the Canning River. Head upstream in Canadian canoes to find cryptic clues and discover the importance of this unique riverine environment.

N2N spy kids

Monday 10 April from 1:00 to 3:30pm, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
Join our top secret agents James Pond and Possum Galore as they embark on a mysterious mission through the bush.

Palaeontologist for a day

Tuesday 11 April 2017 1 - 3pm, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
Be transported back to the Pleistocene era! Discover facts about marvellous mega-beasts that roamed the earth during this time.

Canning canoeing quest

Tuesday 18 April 2017 11:00 to 4:00pm, Canning River Eco Education Centre
Gear up for an afternoon challenge on the Canning River.

Bush survival

Thursday 13 April 10:00 - 3pm, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
Join our experienced 'bushy' for a fun-filled day of adventure.

Tunnel by Twilight

Saturday 22 April 4:30 to 7:00pm, John Forrest National Park
Take in stunning views on a scenic walk to the Swan View tunnel.

Tiny seed to mighty tree

Thursday 20 April 10:00 - 11:30m, Star Swamp
Discover the magic of growth that enables a tiny seed to become a mighty tree.

Creature feature

Monday 10 April 2017 10 - 11:30am, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
During this delightfully interactive marsupial encounter, you will meet some of WA's most adorable creatures.

Adventure caving

Wednesday 12 April 2017 10:15 to 12:00pm, Yonderup Cave Yanchep National Park
Plunge into a world of darkness for an underground experience you'll never forget.

Enchanted environment in the caves

Wednesday 19 April 2017 10 - 11:30am, Yanchep National Park
Have you ever taken a walk in the bush, along the beach or deep inside a cave and wondered about the mystery of it all?