Explore Program

Explore program - May 2016

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Date Time Place Activity

Every Saturday and Sunday
in May

10 am – 3 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s Sanctuary

Explore the Sanctuary

Come and meet a volunteer interpreter who will help you discover the natural wonders of the Sanctuary.

Cost: included in entry fee
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Every day
in May

1.30 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s Sanctuary. Meet at
Pond 4 boardwalk at 1.30 pm

Pelican feed

Join a wildlife officer as they feed the pelicans. Learn about pelicans and other remarkable wetland inhabitants.

Cost: included in entry fee
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Every Saturday in May

2.30 pm – 3 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s Sanctuary. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park at 2.30pm

Koalas in the canopy

Enjoy a talk and walk with a ranger in the Eucalypt Forest enclosure. Search for koalas and other forest inhabitants.

Cost: included in entry fee.
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233        

Every Sunday in May

3 pm – 3.45 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s Sanctuary. Meet at the main entrance at 3 pm

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 entry fee
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Friday 6 May,
Friday 13 May and

 Friday 20 May

Approximately
30 minutes before sunset and runs for 2.5 hours

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

Mulligans night walks

A night tour at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is a unique experience to step back in time and experience the Australian bush as it was 100 years ago. We will walk deep into the Sanctuary, inside the predator-proof fence, where native animals such as bettongs are thriving in the absence of foxes and feral cats. Ages: From 12 years upwards.

Cost: $49.50
Bookings essential: http://bettongs.org/visit-us/night-tours/

2 - 8 May

Various

National Arboretum Canberra

TreeWeek activities

Celebrate autumn at the National Arboretum Canberra with Friends of the National Arboretum with a variety of activities during Tree Week. Join a free guided autumn walk through some of the Arboretum’s most colourful forests, learn why and how trees change their colours and enjoy autumn inspired exhibitions in the Village Centre. Pick up your passport for a scavenger trail and colour a leaf to enter the draw for prizes.

Enquiries: Shelly Parer 6205 3304 www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

Saturday
7 May  

9 am – 12 noon

Meet at the corner of Clunies Ross Street and Black Mountain Drive, Acton side of Black Mountain

Friends of Black Mountain weeding work party

The Friends will be removing weeds from behind the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Bring secateurs and wear a hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves and stout shoes. Morning tea provided.

Cost: free
Enquiries: friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com

Sunday
8 May

11 am - 12.30 pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices,
2 Dairy Road Fyshwick Fyshwick (green mail box and blue sign saying Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices).

Mothers Day Wetlands Discovery Tour

Treat Mum to a Mothers Day with a difference! Get the family together to enjoy a morning with nature, fresh air and a bit of exercise by going for a stroll around Jerrabomberra Wetlands with the ranger. Why not bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. Tea, coffee and light refreshments provided. All Mums receive a special gift.

Cost: $10
Enquiries: Lori Gould 0439 030 058 or to book go to: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/mothers-day-wetland-discovery-tour/

Tuesday
10 May

6 pm - 7.30 pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices,
2 Dairy Road Fyshwick Fyshwick (green mail box and blue sign saying Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices).

Hydro-geology of Jerrabomberra Wetlands


Ever wondered about the hydrology and geology of Jerrabomberra Wetlands and how it came to be the interesting place it is today? Renowned expert in the field, Ian Lawrence, will explain all at a presentation from 6 pm - 7 pm followed by a light supper.

Cost: Gold coin donation.
Bookings essential. Contact Lori Gould – 0439 030 058 or e-mail lori.gould@woodlandsandwetlands.org.au

Saturday 12 March to Sunday
26 June

10 am - 5 pm

Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)

176 London Circuit, Canberra

Bush Capital: the natural history of the ACT

This exhibition showcases the natural history of the Australian Capital Territory using specimens, illustrations, photographs, works of art and sound from the collections of CMAG and other national institutions.


Cost: free
No bookings required. Enquiries:  6207 3968

Sunday
15 May

9 am – 11 amThe Pinnacle Nature Reserve
Meet at the Dungowan St entrance in Hawker

Birds settling in

Enjoy a guided stroll with John Brannan (Friends of the Pinnacle) to observe local birds and also migratory birds as they arrive back in the reserve and settle in for the winter. Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars.

Cost: free No bookings required. Enquiries: 0405 331 405 or coordinator@fotpin.org.au

Monday
16 May

1.30 pm – 4 pm

The Pinnacle Nature Reserve Meet at the De Salis Street entrance in Weetangera

Water movement in the landscape

Expert David Tongway will explain how to analyse landscape function on a slope. Hosted by Friends of the Pinnacle and Friends of Grasslands. Wear sturdy shoes.

Cost: free
Bookings essential: annmilligan@fog.org.au or text 0419 243 773

Wednesday
18 May

Offered in conjunction with ‘Bush Capital’ exhibition

1 pm – 2 pm

Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) 176 London Circuit, Canberra

CMAG Floor Talk – Fire in the landscape

Find out about fire science and how the Parks and Conservation Service Fire Unit is helping to protect people, assets and biodiversity and minimise the risk of wildfire.

Cost: free.
No bookings required. Enquiries:  6207 3968

Thursday
5 May and Sunday 8 May

10 am – 12 pm

Bendora Arboretum, Mount Franklin Road
Namadgi National Park
Meet at Bulls Head picnic area on

Mt Franklin Road

Bendora Arboretum tour

Join Friends of ACT Trees and a ranger on a fascinating tour of the historic Bendora Arboretum high in the Brindabellas. Explore the new walking trail and signage. Includes a walk of around 3.2 km. Wear sturdy walking shoes and warm clothes.

Cost: free
Bookings essential: Samantha Ning, 6207 8145

Friday
 13 May

Offered in conjunction with ‘Bush Capital’ exhibition

3 pm – 4.30 pm

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

Woodlands walk

Investigate the ACT’s most iconic landscape – woodlands. Discover woodland wildlife, ecology and cultural heritage.

Cost: free
Bookings essential: 6207 2113.

Saturday

15 May

9.30 am –

11.30 am

Jerrabomberra Wetlands,

2 Dairy Road Fyshwick

Young Rangers Club at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

This is a new initiative targeted at children between the ages of 8 and 15 with a special interest in nature conservation. Meeting on the third Sunday of each month for two hours, we will explore a range of different topics - starting with “Birds”. An annual membership fee of $55 to join the club will include all monthly activities and a welcome pack.

Enquiries to Lori Gould on 0439 030 058 or e-mail lori.gould@woodlandsandwetlands.org.au

Saturday
 7 May and Saturday

21 May

7.45 pm –

10.15 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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: adults: $40 per person
Child (7-12 years): $30 per person
Family (2 adults and 2 children): $125 per family

Bookings essential: http://naturewise.com.au/holidays/nsw-act/tidbinbilla-tid-after-dark/

Friday
20 May

          6.30 pm – 8 pm

Googong Foreshores Meet at the locked gate at the end of London Bridge Road off Burra Road at the southern end of Googong

Wombat spotlight walk at Googong Foreshores

Join the evening ranger guided walk searching for nature’s hairy bulldozer, the wombat. Watch them roaming around the lower banks of Burra Creek foraging for food and ducking in and out of their burrows. Bring a torch and wear sturdy walking shoes (for dirt roads) and an all-weather jacket. Suitable of children over 8 years.

Cost: Free
Numbers limited to 15
Bookings essential: 6207 2779        

Sunday
22 May

9 am – 11 pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road Fyshwick (green mail box and blue sign saying Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices).

Sunday morning bird walk and talk

Discover the special birds of Jerrabomberra Wetlands with an expert from the Canberra Ornithologists Group.
Age suitability: 12 and over. Maximum group size:12.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments provided.

Cost: $10.
Enquiries: Lori Gould 0439 030 058
Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/sunday-morning-bird-walk-and-talk/

Saturday
28 May

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road Fyshwick (green mail box and blue sign saying Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices).

Bird watching for beginners (short course)

Join the Canberra Ornithologists Group for a session on the basics of bird watching including identification, use of binoculars and bird songs, Then walk around the wetlands to put your new-found knowledge into practice. Morning tea provided. The group will be divided into smaller groups for the walk, each with a bird expert.

Cost: $35.
Enquiries: Lori Gould 0439 030 058

Bookings essential on: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/birdwatching-for-beginners/

Sunday
29 May

9 am – 11.30 am

Pinnacle Nature Reserve Meet at the De Salis Street entrance in Weetangera

ParkCare at the Pinnacle – achievements & challenges

Join Warren Bond (Friends of the Pinnacle) to explore the effects of the group’s rehabilitation efforts and strategies over the years and also discuss weeds and erosion. Wear sturdy shoes.

Cost: free
No bookings required.
Enquiries: 0405 331 405 or coordinator@fotpin.org.au

For further information contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or visit www.tams.act.gov.au  or www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au    www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au
Explore activities are delivered by TAMS staff and volunteers from ParkCare and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

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