Bush Tucker Living Classroom

The Federal Community Preschools Bush Tucker Living Classroom

Co-ordinator - Mandala

This project provides a ‘living classroom’ for the children of the Federal Community Preschool and a meeting and learning place for the whole Community. Rachel Heaton , a local parent is the Project Manager. the main aim is to build an increased awareness and connection for the children with in the community.We have already started to document the animals we have seen on our regular visits to the garden. This project involved the creation of a ‘Bush Foods Garden Working Group’ in Reconciliation Week 2014.

Project Manager: Rachel Heaton

The Bush Tucker Living Classroom is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our local bush foods with clear interactive signage. The area was set up for the children of the Federal Community Preschool as a meeting and learning place for the whole Community. The main aim is to increase the natural habitat for local fauna and build an increased awareness and connection to nature. The garden is our way of showing our complete respect for the original custodians of the area. The ‘Bush Foods Garden Working Group’ in Reconciliation Week 2014 included the local Landcare group, Federal Preschool Director Mandala,  local Widjabul custodians Auntie Dory Gordon and Karen Roberts, Byron Council and preschool parents . The garden replaced lantana with as has many of the local plant species from our surrounding Subtropical Rainforest – species which offer current and traditional cultural use.

This design adds to local biodiversity and offers many opportunities for the whole community to be involved and learn about caring for our environment, including employment opportunities for the local Indigenous communities.

The Garden is available for community projects as they arise, such as the cultural awareness, weaving and field days, and  compliments existing community amenities – including ecological restoration work Byron Shire Council has undertaken as part of the Bush Futures Project.

The garden has been an inspiration to 100’s of schools and early Educational and care services.

Rachel Heaton, the Project Manager has complied an amazing `Bush Food for Children of  the Northern Rivers’ book with Federal Preschool .   A special thank you to Phil Gallagher for the photo used for the cover. These are available for $30 each. Funds go directly towards to maintenance of the garden.

Bookings can be made for tours of the garden for school groups via our email. These are run by Rachel. The tours can be tailored to suit your groups needs. Contact Rachael on 0405275743 to make a booking.

Our current focus is still on obtaining funding to extend the habitat area between the Budh Tucker garden and the Neighbours bush regenerated area. This will invlove removing camphor and replanting . We welcome volunteers to assit with mulching the trees along the right side of the welcome sign.  Please donate via the donation box or purchase a book.

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Many hands make light work. Contact us if you would like to get involved in our working bees.

Thank you to Madgima Gulgan, Playing with Fire, Aunite Delta Kay and Ngulinah Rangers for your help with planting and maintaining over the years. 

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Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 8am – 4.30pm
Sat & Sun: Closed