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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Beetles, bugs 'n' bush

Monday 10 July 2017 10:00 to 11:30am, Star Swamp
Bring the littlies and discover the tiny critters that live in our bush and ponds.

Bush cooking for kids

Monday 10 July 2017 1 - 3pm, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
Gather around the campfire and cook just like the early settlers did.

Workers of the underworld

Monday 10 July 2017 1 - 3pm, Star Swamp
Beneath our feet is an amazing world of mini forest workers busily recycling and keeping the forest alive and healthy.

Eco Treasure hunt

Tuesday 11 July 2017 1:00 to 3:30pm, Canning River Eco Education Centre
Exploring our parks has never been this much fun.

Creature feature

Tuesday 11 July 2017 10 - 11:30am, Canning River Eco Education Centre
During this delightfully interactive marsupial encounter, you will meet some of WA's most adorable creatures.

Snugglegum and Cuddlenut

Wednesday 12 July 2017 10 - 11:30am, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
An activity designed especially for the little ones!

Hazard Heroes

Wednesday 12 July 2017 12 - 4pm, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
Natural disasters threaten our way of life each year. They are part of nature's cycle but to triumph over adversity requires special skills.

Squelching through swampland

Thursday 13 July 2017 10:00 - 11:30am, Yanchep National Park
Join Alicia to delve into the world of our swampland dwellers.

Swamp dwellers discovery

Thursday 13 July 2017 1:00 - 3:00pm, Yanchep National Park
Come and search for some fascinating swamp dwellers.

Pollywog to Frog

Friday 14 July 2017 10:00 - 11:30am, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
Calling all junior frog lovers.

Fabulous fungi

Friday 14 July 2017 1:00 - 3:00pm, Perth Hills Discovery Centre
Fungi really is fabulous.

Frog Forage

Saturday 29 July 2017 6 - 8pm, John Forrest National Park
The search is on, so hop along to join this fun adventure!