Explore Program

Explore program - ranger guided activities April

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Date

Time

Place

Activity

Every day during the school holidays

2pm – 3pm

Tidbinbilla Sanctuary, between Pond 3 and Pond 4.

Waterbugs in the Sanctuary
Want to see strange and amazing animals up close inthe wetlands? Come down to the boardwalk in the Tidbinbilla Sanctuary to discover the mirco-world of Water Bugs.
Cost: included in park entry fee
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Every Saturday and Sunday during the school holidays

11am – 11.40am

Namadgi National Park, Visitors Information Centre

Mouat Tree Walk
Join one of our dedicated volunteers for a short stroll along the Woodlands Walk. Learn about the heritage of the area and see the Mouat Tree.
Cost:free
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6207 2900

Every day during April

9am – 9pm

Lower Ground Floor Telstra Tower Black Mountain

Black Mountain Nature Reserve: a special place (Heritage Festival event)
Exhibition. Quiz sheet for children.

Every dayin April

9am – 4pm

National Arboretum Canberra,
Village Centre

The award winning Village Centre is home to the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Sprout Cafe, The Conservatory Restaurant and The Curatoreum gift shop. Cost: free
Enquiries: 02 6207 8484

Every Thursday and Saturday during the school holidays.
8,13,15,20, 22
April

10.30am – 11.15am

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Meet at Dalsetta car park

Tidbinbilla Geo-journey
Come for a walk with our volunteers to discover the amazing geologicalhistory of the Tidbinbilla Valley. The walk follows a track created to showcase local geology. Cost: included inpark entry fee
Nobookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Every Tuesday and Saturday in April

2.30pm

Tidbinbilla NatureReserve Eucalypt Forest Koala Enclosure

Koalas in the canopy
Learn about these fascinating marsupials and then take a stroll around the Eucalypt Forest enclosure and try to spot koalas. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.
Cost:included in park entry fee
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Every Sunday in April

3.00pm

TidbinbillaNature Reserve’s Sanctuary. Meet at the main entrance at 3.00pm

Platypus pursuits
Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands in search of the elusive platypus. It is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Bring binoculars.
Cost: included in park entry fee.No bookings required.

Sunday 2 April

10am

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbillaopen day
Bring the family, pack a picnic and head on out to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve for a day of fun activities including face painting, scavenger hunts, reptile displays, guided walks, cultural activities, Questacon stage shows, music from Guyy & the Fox and much more. This year’s Celebrating Diversity theme encourages visitors to celebrate Tidbinbilla’s people, habitats and heritage.
Cost:free entry to the reserve for the day

Saturday 9 April

10am

Tidbinbilla NatureReserve. Meet at the Mountain Creek Carpark

Cascade and Lyrebird Guided Walk
Come join a ranger and explore the Cascade and Lyrebird trails. The trails start from the Mountain Creek car park and take you through wet forest, past a cascading mountain stream and through fern-filled gullies.
Cost: included in entry fee. No bookings required.

Tuesday 11 April

10am – 12.30pm

JerrabomberraWetlands 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick

Bush and Waterbug Detectives(School Holiday Program)
Put on your detectives hat, engage your senses and take an easy walk with the Ranger to discover what animals live at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands by piecing together all the clues. Age suitability: 5-13. Kids will need sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle and be accompanied by an adult (no cost for adults). Light healthy refreshments provided. Cost: $8
Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/bush-and-waterbug-detectives-school-holiday-program/

Wednesday 12 April

2pm

Tidbinbilla NatureReserves Sanctuary. Meet at Pond 4 Boardwalk at 2pm the walk will start afterthe Pelican Feed.

Wet’n’Wild
Join a ranger for a guided walk and talk of the Sanctuary, through the remnant forest from the 2003 fires, and up to the Eucalypt Forest. Learn about the various inhabitants and touch on how fire affects the landscape.Meet at Pond 4 Boardwalk at 2pm the walk will start after the Pelican Feed.
Cost: included in entry fee. No bookings required.

Wednesday 12 April

11am – 12.30pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Billy tea and damper
Enjoy a traditional Aussie bush experience. Cook damper on an open fire and wash it down with real billy tea.
Cost:$5 per child plus entry to the reserve
Bookings essential: 6205 1233

Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 April

11am – 12pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Aboriginalspears and boomerangs
Enjoy a talk and demonstration of the many different types of spears and tools that were used by Aboriginal Australians. Have a go at throwing spears and boomerangs yourself.
Bookings essential: 6205 1233
Cost:$5.00 per person plus entry to the reserve

Thursday 13 April

10am – 11.30am

Meet at the playground onthe corner of Justice Kelly Street and Quinane Avenue, Forde.

Bush detectives
Put on your detectives hat and take an easy walk with one of ourEcologists to discover what animals, birds and insects live in Mulligans Flat. Kids will need sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle and be accompanied by an adult (no cost for adults). Age suitability: 5 – 13 years
Cost: $8
Bookings essential: https://mulligansflat.org.au/event/bush_detectives/

Thursday 13 April

10am – 12.30pm

JerrabomberraWetlands 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick

Bush treasures(School Holiday Program)
Walk around the wetlands with a ranger and collect materials to make a brilliant masterpiece with. Age suitability: 5-13. Kids will need sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle and be accompanied by an adult (no cost for adults).Some light healthy refreshments will be provided. Cost: $8
Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/bush-treasures-school-holiday-program/

Saturday 15 April

3:00pm

Woods Reserve Campground, Corin Road

Woods Reserve walk
Shadow a ranger for the afternoon and take a guided walk around the Woods Reserve area. Enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the area.
Cost:included in park entry fees
Nobookings required. Enquires: 6205 1233

Monday 17 April

10am

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Meet at the TidbinbillaVisitor Centre

Aboriginal guided walk
Join an aboriginal ranger for a guided walk to the Birrigai Rock Shelter. Learn about the aboriginal culture past and present.
Cost: included in park entry fees Bookings essential: 62051233

18 April

10am – 10.30am

SanctuaryHQ, Forde Community Centre, Shop 7, 26 Francis Forde Blvd, Forde (behindFrankies).

Meet a bettong
Meet our ‘Ambassador’ bettong and enjoy a talk by one of our ecologists on the biology of these rare creatures and their comeback at Mulligans Flat.Suitable for all ages (children should be accompanied by an adult).
Cost:$5
Bookings essential. https://mulligansflat.org.au/event/meetabettong/

Wednesday 19 April

10am – 12.30pm

JerrabomberraWetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick

Bush and waterbug detectives(School Holiday Program)
Put on your detectives hat, engage your senses and take an easy walk with a ranger to discover what animals live at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Age suitability: 5-13. Kids will need sturdy shoes, hat,water bottle and be accompanied by an adult (no cost for adults). Light healthy refreshments provided.
Cost:$8
Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/bush-and-waterbug-detectives-school-holiday-program-2/

Wednesday 19 April

11am – 12.30pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Billy tea and damper
Enjoy a traditional Aussie bush experience. Cook damper on an open fire and wash it down with real billy tea.
Cost:$5 per child plus entry to the reserve
Bookings essential: 6205 1233

Thursday 20 April

11:00am – 12:00pm

Tidbinbilla NatureReserve

Aboriginal Spears and Boomerangs

Enjoy a talk and demonstration of the many different types of spears and tools that were used by Aboriginal Australians. Have a go at throwing spears and boomerangs yourself!
Bookings Essential 62051233

Cost:$5.00 per person plus entry to the Reserve

Thursday 20 April

10am – 12.30pm

 

Clay sculpting for children(School Holiday Program) Take a short walk around the Wetlands with the Ranger for inspiration, and then get to work on your brilliant clay masterpiece. Age suitability: 5-13. Kids will need sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle and be accompanied by an adult (no cost for adults).Some light healthy refreshments will be provided.
Cost:$8
Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/clay-sculpting-for-children-school-holiday-program/

Every day in April

10am – 3pm

Meet at the Village Centre Information Desk

Free guided talks – 20 minutes
Meet a volunteer guide and hear stories about the forests and find out what makes this such a special place for people, as well as trees.
Cost:free
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6207 8484

Every day in April

7.00am – 5.30pm

National Arboretum Canberra

The great outdoors
Enjoy great walking and cycling trails, the unique Pod Playground andpicnic tables in the Himalayan cedars.

Each weekend and   Wednesdays in April

Sunday and Wednesday 11am Saturday 2pm

National Arboretum Canberra
Meet at the Village Centre Information Desk

Forest walks at the National Arboretum
Put your walking boots on for a guided tour through the forests. Bringwater and be sun smart. Duration one hour. Cost: free.
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6207 8484

Sunday 2 April

11am – 1pm

Tidbinbilla Exhibition space

Meet the artist
Meet local artist Liss Kemp. Enjoy a personal tour of her gang gang,cockatoo and finch paintings, and help her decide which birds to paint next.
Cost:free
Enquiries: 6205 1233

Sunday 2 April

12noon – 3.00pm

National Arboretum Canberra
Gallery of Gardens Events Terrace

Gallery of Gardens Opening
Celebrate the opening of four new gardens in the Gallery of Gardens.Listen to live music on the grassy Events Terrace, bring a picnic or enjoy lunch from Sprout Cafe. Kids can decorate and make a kite or bring your ownto fly at one of the best kite-flying spots in Canberra (kite kits are $10 each).
Cost:free
Enquiries: 6207 8484

Sunday 9 April

2pm – 3pm

National Arboretum Canberra
Meet at the Village Centre Information Desk

Family walk
Come on a walk and meet some of our trees. Learn what trees are usedfor, why they are culturally important and hear stories and legends from theages.
Cost:free

Wednesday 12 April

10am – 12pm

Cotter Campground

Nest boxes for wildlife
Where would you go if you had nowhere to live? Find out what’s happening to our native wildlife and what you can do to help our special friends. We will build a range of wildlife boxes and you can take one home.
Cost: gold coin donation Bookings essential: 6207 2425

April- June

9am – 5pmevery day

TidbinbillaVisitor Centre Exhibition Space

Exhibition -works on paper of local birds
Artist Liss Kemp Is a self-taught artist, working in watercolour.Framed prints and a unique home wares range are for sale.

Autumn School Holidays
10, 11,12,13
April

10.30am  - 12noon

National Arboretum Canberra
Terrace Room

Bonsai workshops – ages 8 to 16 years
Learn basic techniques for potting, styling and caring for your very own take home bonsai.
Cost: $33.50
Bookings essential: 6207 8484

Wednesday 12 April, Thursday 13 April

Departs: 9am Canberra city hotels

Returns:Canberra city at approximately 3pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Nil Desperandum

Snooze with the roos
Discover our wild side at Tidbinbilla on this exclusive overnight tour.Enjoy close encounters with Australian wildlife, guided walks and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the wildlife breeding centre. Immerse yourself in 25,000 years of cultural heritage. At the end of the day, return to our wilderness camp for a hearty camp oven dinner and spotlight walk.
Camping:Adults $450 / Children 12 yrs and under
$395

Long Sunday walk
16 April (Easter Sunday)

9.30am –
11.30am

National Arboretum Canberra
Meet at the Village Centre Information Desk

Some fabulous trees – How did they get here?
Your guide Marelle will take you on circuit of some of her favourite trees south of the large dam. Hear about their history, their discovery in the wild, their cultivation and their journey to Australian gardens. Wear good footwear for undulating terrain and bring water.
Cost:  free Bookings essential:
arboretumvolunteers@act.gov.au or 6207 8484

Autumn School Holidays
18, 19, 20, 21
April

10.30am  – 12noon

National Arboretum Canberra Himalayan cedars

Mushrooms and mini beasts family walk
Explore the Himalayan cedar forest for small animals and fungi with acraft activity included. Ages 5 to 7 years.
Cost: $12 first child, $10 siblings Bookings essential: 6207 8484

Tuesday18 April

10.30am – 12pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Meet at the Visitor Centre between
10:15 and10:30am

A place for stories
On the walk to Birrigai Rock Shelter we will share stories of this place from the dreaming to pioneers to today.
What has been left behind in the landscape? How does it tell a story?Children are encouraged to share their own stories of Tidbinbilla and what it means to them.
Cost:free
Nob ookings required
Further information: www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

Wednesday 19 April

10:30am – 12pm

Googong Foreshores. Meet at the Woolshed car park, London Bridge Road, southern entrance to Googong between 10:15 and 10:30am

A place for stories
On our walk to London Arch we will share stories from this place, from the dreaming to the pioneers, to
today. What has been left behind in the landscape? How does it tell a story? Children are encouraged to share their own stories of Googong Foreshores and what it means to them.
Cost:free
Bookings:no bookings required

Wednesday 19 April

10.30am –
12.30pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Rock Valley Homestead

Book review and meet the author(Heritage Festival event)
Relax on the verandah of the Heritage listed Rock Valley Homestead and take part in a unique and special experience. Enjoy memories of Max Oldfield’s life in the Naas Valley and the snow country to the West.Author Richard Begbie will chat about his book Cotter and his latest release Max Oldfield – The Story of his Ride.
Books available for purchase. Refreshments served afterwards.
Cost: entry fee to reserve Bookings essential: 6205 1233.

Saturday 1 April

Saturday 15, and 29 April

6.30pm– 9pm

5.30pm– 8pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve,
Meet at Ribbon Gum car park

Tidbinbilla after dark
Join a guided spotlight tour to discover the hidden secrets of Tidbinbilla at night. Possums, kangaroos, koalas, long- nosed potoroos,eastern bettongs and southern brush- tailed rock wallabies all emerge at dusk.
Cost: Adult $45, child (7-12 years) $32 or Family (2 adults & 2 children)$135
Bookings essential: http://naturewise.com.au/eco- holidays/nsw-act/tidbinbilla-tid-after-dark/

April 21

April 22

April 30

10am – 12pm

1pm – 3pm

10am – 12pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices 2 Dairy Road Fyshwick

World War 1 trench tour (Heritage Festival event) Take a tour of the site of Canberra’s historic World War 1 training trenches with local history writer and interpreter, Mark Butz. Re-live the training experiences of officers from the Duntroon Trench Warfare and Bombing School. Cost: Adult $35, Child $15, Concession $25, Family (2 adults and 3 children) $90
Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/events/list/

Saturday 22 April

9.30am –11.30am

Meet at the Caswell Drive car park accessible from the north only. Look for balloons.

What about the trees on the Black Mountain Woodland Walk? (Heritage Festival event)
Join local ecologist, Michael Doherty on a walk to find out how trees survive fire and drought. An easy walk with some steep sections and rough ground. Bring morning tea, water, snacks and wear a hat and sturdy shoes.
Cost : gold coin donation. Some books also for sale. Bookings essential: email name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Linda on 0437 298 711

Long Sunday Walk
23 April

9:30am – 12noon

Meet at Forest 44 (silver birches) Parking available next to locked gate

The poetry of trees – autumn tones
Join us on a walk to celebrate autumn at the Arboretum. The walk will meander through ten forests in the southern section of the Arboretum. Poetry will be shared relating to the trees, the forests and the season.
Cost:Free. Spaces are limited, please book:
arboretumvolunteers@act.gov.au or call 02 62078484

Sunday 23 April

9.30am – 12pm

Meet at the style for the Frost Hollow to ForestWalk At Glenloch Interchange near Aranda Bushland

A notable tree in high traffic(Heritage Festival event) Join local conservationist JeanGeue and discover the Snow Gums at Glenloch Interchange, a core conservationsite in the midst of high volume traffic. Bring morning tea, water, snacksand wear a hat and sturdy shoes.
Cost: gold coin donation. Somebooks also for sale. Bookings essential: email name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Linda on 0437 298 711

Sunday 23 April

10.30am –12.30pm

Bendora Arboretum, Mount Franklin Road, Namadgi National Park

BendoraArboretum (Heritage Festival event)
Join ACT Parks and Conservation Service ranger and Friends of ACT TreesDr John Turnbull on a tour of the Bendora Arboretum. First established in1940 the arboretum hosts over 40 exotic species in over 50 plots including acritically endangered species.
Cost:free
Nobookings required
Enquiries:6207 2900 envnnp@act.gov.au

Friday 28 April

9.30am – 11.30am

Meet at the Caswell Drive car park accessible from the north only. Look for balloons.
.

Botanic treasures on the BlackMountain Woodland Walk (Heritage Festival event)
Discover Black Mountain’s botanic treasures on awalk with local botanist, Dr Rosemary Purdie. Discover how this area and howhas it changed over the years.
Generally easy walk with some steep sections and rough ground. Wearsturdy shoes and a hat.
Cost: gold coin donation. Somebooks also for sale. Bookings essential: email name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Linda on 0437 298 711

Sunday 30 April

10am – 2pm

MountFranklin Shelter, Mount Franklin Road, Namadgi National Park

Mount Franklin ski field open day(Heritage Festival event)
Visit the heritage-listed Mount Franklin ski field. Handle skis madebefore World War I. Walk around the precinct with rangers and members of theCanberra Alpine Club to discover how skiing became a Canberra sporting andsocial activity. Bring your lunch.
Cost:free
Nobookings required. Enquiries: 6207 2425

Exhibition 4 – 25 April

Exhibition Opening
8 Saturday

9am – 4pm

10am

National Arboretum Canberra
Village Centre

Chileantree  photo exhibition
The Arboretum has seven forest species that are native to Chile. In2016, thirteen Canberrans flew to Santiago in search of these and otherspecies in Chile and Argentina’s national parks. The photographic exhibitionshares the group’s experiences. Presented by the Friends of the NationalArboretum Canberra.
Cost:Free
Enquiries: 02 6207 8484