Explore Program

October 2015

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Saturday 26 September, Sunday 27 September, Monday 28 September, Saturday 3 October, Sunday 4 October and Monday 5 October

10 am – 2 pm

Village Centre, National Arboretum Canberra

Make, decorate and fly your own kite
Children of all ages are welcome to create, decorate and fly their own kite. Just drop in any time between 10 am and 2 pm to get started. The Arboretum has ample space to fly the kite afterwards although will be dependent on weather.
Cost: $10 per kite
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6207 8484.

Every day of the ACT school holidays
(Monday 28 September to Friday 9 October)

10 am – 3 pm

Tidbinbilla Road,

Discovery in the Sanctuary
Meet a volunteer interpreter who will help you discover the natural wonders of the Sanctuary. Partake in daily activities, such as searching for water bugs or nature story telling.
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233.
Entry fees apply.

Every day of the ACT school holidays
(Monday 28 September to Friday 9 October)

10 am – 3 pm

Tidbinbilla Road,

Tidbinbilla Activity Passport
Drop into the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre to pick up your Tidbinbilla Activity Passport. Explore the reserve while completing fun challenges and activities. Drop your entry slip back at the Visitor Centre to go in the draw for a prize!
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233.
Entry fees apply.

Wednesday 30 September, Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October

10 am – 11.30 am

Village Centre, National Arboretum Canberra

Make your own bonsai
Bonsai experts will show children how to pot, snip and style their own bonsai tree at this hands-on workshop which they can take home on the day. Please dress appropriately for the weather as the activity will be outdoors.
Cost: $35
Bookings essential by phoning 6207 8484 or visiting the welcome desk in the Village Centre.

Wednesday 30 September, Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October

1 pm – 2.30 pm

Village Centre, National Arboretum Canberra

Explore the spring birds, blossoms and buds
See and learn about birds and their nests and the spring blossoms and buds in the Arboretum’s forests. Hear stories about these wonders of nature. Please dress appropriately for the weather as the activity will be outdoors.
Cost: $10
Bookings essential by phoning 6207 8484 or visiting the welcome desk in the Village Centre.

Friday 2 October and Friday 16 October

Approximately 30 minutes before sunset (i.e. 5.40 pm on 2 October and 7 pm on 16 October) and runs for 2.5 hours

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

Mulligans night walks
A night tour at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is a unique way 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: Visit the Bettong Buddies website.

Every day
in October

1.30 pm

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

Pelican feed
Join a wildlife officer as they feed the pelicans. Learn about pelicans and other remarkable wetland inhabitants.
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233
Entry fees apply.

3 October

10 am – 11.30 am

Meet at the gate under the main powerlines crossing Bindubi Street in the suburb of Aranda. Parking available.

Orchid walk at Aranda Bushland
Enjoy a fascinating tour, looking for orchids in flower and other interesting flowering plants. Suitable for any age capable of walking through rough scrub. Not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
Wear sun protection and sturdy enclosed footwear.
No bookings required. Enquiries: Contact Ian Falconer on 6251 1345

4 October

10 am and
1.30 pm

Meet at the car park on Caswell Drive (southbound towards Glenloch Interchange)

Orchid walks on Black Mountain
Join Tony Wood and Jean Egan to discover some of the spring flowering native terrestrial orchids and to learn something of this fascinating group of plants. Some off-track walking involved so wear sturdy shoes. Bring a hand lens if you have one. Numbers are limited. 
Bookings essential by contacting Tony Wood on 6254 1795.

10 October

9.30 am – 12 noon (or later)

Meet Belconnen Way entry just before Caswell Drive turnoff (look for the balloons).

Black Mountain wildflower ramble
Join us for the Burbidge/Chippendale tradition of celebrating the spring flowering with the 44th annual Black Mountain wildflower ramble. Enjoy flowers, experienced guides, easy bush tracks and good company Bring morning tea, hat, sunscreen, water and sturdy shoes. 
Bookings essential by emailing your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com or phoning Jean Egan on 6251 1601 or 0437 298 711.

11 October

 9 am – 3.30 pm

Meet at Canberra Railway Station, Kingston at 9 am for car pooling.

Glenburn/Burbong historic sites tour
Join the National Parks Association for a tour of Kowen’s historic sites to learn how the early settlers lived. These sites have been provisionally listed on the ACT Heritage Register. An easy drive/walk. Bring water, lunch and wear sun protection and sturdy shoes.
No bookings required. Cost: $25 per car. Enquiries: Contact Col McAlister at cvmac@grapevine.com.au or 6288 4171.

11 October

10am -12 noon

Mount Majura Nature Reserve

Bug walk
Join Friends of Mount Majura and Ian Gordon, a macro-photography enthusiast to look for small creatures such as spiders, lady bugs, parasitic wasps and plant hoppers. Bring a magnifying lens, wear sun protection and sturdy covered shoes.
Cost: Gold coin donation
Bookings essential: 6248 8955
Enquiries www.majura.org

Sunday 18 October

9 am – 11.30 am

Meet at the          De Salis Street entrance to the Pinnacle Nature Reserve, Weetangera

ParkCare at the Pinnacle – achievements and challenges
Join Friends of the Pinnacle ParkCare group’s resident website designer and record keeper Warren Bond as he highlights the many changes at the reserve. The walk will visit photo points from the 1990s as well as more recent plantings.  Ongoing challenges will be discussed.
Bookings essential. Phone John on 0405 331 405 or coordinator@fotpin.org.au www.fotpin.org.au

25 October

2 – 4 pm

Meet at the nature reserve entrance behind The Fair,  Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, Watson

Wildflower walk on Mount Majura
Enjoy a spring Floriade on the mountain with local plant ecologist Michael Doherty. The walk will highlight different species found in grassland, woodland and open forest. Please bring sturdy walking shoes, water, sun protection, and a hand lens/magnifying glass if you have one. A new flora list is available for a donation.
Cost: Free
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6248 8955.

25 October

10 am – 12 noon

The woolshed, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

Mulligans Friends’ spring wildflower walk
Join botanist and ecologist Michael Doherty for a gentle walk to enjoy the wildflowers in the Sanctuary. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat and bring drinking water. Stay on afterwards for a cuppa at the woolshed (byo thermos).  
Cost: Gold coin donation
No bookings required. Enquiries: 0407 899 698 

Sunday 25 October

10 am – 12.30pm

Meet at Meredith Circuit entrance to Urambi Hills Nature Park

Spring walk
Enjoy a spring walk on Urambi Hills with the local ParkCare group. Bring hat, water and wear sturdy enclosed shoes as there is some rough ground. The walk will be guided by Michael Robbins, a local resident who has long been active in ACT flora and fauna. Suitable for all ages
Bookings essential by Wednesday 22 October to Urambi Hills ParkCare Group at urambihillsgroup@gmail.com.

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