Explore Program

Explore program - August 2016

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Date TimePlaceActivity
Every day in July and August 1.30 pm Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Pond 4 Boardwalk in the Sanctuary

Pelican Feed

Join a Tidbinbilla 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 day in August 10 am to 3 pm National Arboretum Canberra
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 Friday in August 5 pm to     7:15 pm Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

Woodlands Twilight Tour

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.

Age suitability: 10 years and over
Cost: $49.50
Bookings essential: http://bettongs.org/visit-us/night-tours/

Every Saturday and Sunday
in July and August
10 am to 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 Saturday and Sunday
in July and August
Saturday 2 pm
Sunday 10 am
National Arboretum Canberra
Meet at the Village Centre Information Desk

Warm Trees: Forest Walk – 1 hour

Put on your boots and follow your guide for an informative walk into the forests of the Arboretum.

Cost: Free.
No bookings required. Enquiries: 6207 8484

Every Saturday in July and August  2.30 pm to 3 pm Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Koalas in the Canopy

Meet a Ranger and learn about these fascinating marsupials. Take a stroll around the Eucalypt Forest and try and spot a koala yourself.

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

Every Sunday in July and August 3 pm to 4 pm Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Platypus Pursuits

Come platypus spotting in the Sanctuary and learn more about these amazing animals with a Tidbinbilla Ranger.

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

Saturday 6 August 9 am to 12 noon

Black Mountain Nature Reserve
Meet at the balloons    next to the stile leading into Aranda    Snow Gums at the Caswell Drive end.

Friends of Black Mountain weeding work party

This is a special work party to remove woody weeds from the area near Pryor’s notable Snow Gums at the Glenloch Interchange, a core conservation area site in the midst of high volume traffic. This small area of Snow Gum Woodland includes an ancient tree that is listed as a notable tree in Trees and Shrubs of Canberra by Lindsay Pryor and JCC Banks.
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

Saturday 6 August 11 am to 12 noon National Arboretum Canberra
Village Centre
Exhibition Public Talk: Winter WonderlandParisa Applegarth will be introducing her exhibition Winter    Wonderland followed by a Q&A session. Her photos focus on a Sami man living and working with his reindeer, strongly connected to the harsh environment around him but with little contact to the rest of the world. Cost: Free entry
Saturday 6 August to Sunday 4 September 9 am to 4 pm National Arboretum Canberra,
Village Centre

Exhibition: Winter Wonderland

Parisa Applegarth’s photographs share rare insights into the lives of Sami reindeer herders in Lapland in the Arctic Circle. Today there are just a handful of Sami people left who still follow the old ways.          

Cost: Free entry

Saturday 6 and Saturday 20 August 4:30 pm to 7 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 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/

Tuesday 9 August 6 pm to 7 pm Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

Evening Presentation Series – ‘Welcome Back Snipe’

We will be celebrating the return of the Latham’s Snipe to Jerrabomberra Wetlands, which flies all the way from Japan to Eastern Australia for the summer. We will start by learning about Latham’s Snipe and their movements across the ACT with Ryl Parker from University of Canberra. We will then hear from experts Alison Russell-French and Doug Watkins about the East Asian-Australasian Flyway in relation to the Snipe. Presentation (including questions) from 6pm-7pm followed by a light supper.

Cost: Gold Coin Donation
RSVP and further information: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/evening-presentation-series-welcome-back-snipe/

Sunday 14 August 9 am to 11 am Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

Birds and Brunch
Come and discover the special birds of Jerrabomberra Wetlands with an expert from Canberra Ornithologists Group, followed by a light breakfast.

Age suitability: 12 years and over
Maximum group size: 12
Cost: $35
Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/birds-and-brunch-4/

Thursday 18 August 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

National Science Week Night Walk

Our Ecologist will take you deep into the Sanctuary, inside the predator-proof fence, where native animals are thriving in the absence of foxes and feral cats.
On the tour you might be lucky enough to see tiny sugar glider eating nectar from the top of a flowering eucalyptus tree. You can observe various kangaroo and wallaby species feeding in their natural environment. Possums are often spotted slowly walking along the ground from tree to tree, as they have adapted to their predator free environment.

Age suitability: 10 years and over
Cost: $49.50
Bookings essential: http://bettongs.org/visit-us/night-tours/

Sunday 21 August 10 am to 12 noon Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

ACT Young Rangers Club @ Jerrabomberra Wetlands

The "Young Rangers Club" is for young nature enthusiasts between the ages of 8 and 15 who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to the natural environment. The Club gets together on the third Sunday of each month from 10 am – 12 pm to explore a variety of nature-based topics with local experts. An annual membership fee of $55 includes attendance to all monthly activities and a welcome pack to help get started. Kids are welcome to come along and give it a try before signing up.

Enquiries: Michael Maconachie on 0428113533 or michael.maconachie@act.gov.au

Sunday 28 August 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

'Drawing Birds' with Wildlife and Botanical Artists

Come along and let the experts from the Wildlife and Botanical Artists teach you how to draw birds. No drawing experience necessary.

Cost: $35 (includes all materials and morning tea)
Maximum group size: 12
Best suited to those aged 12 years and over.
Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/drawing-birds-art-class-with-wildlife-and-botanical-artists-waba/

For further information contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or visit www.tccs.act.gov.au or www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au or www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au
Explore activities are delivered by ACT Parks and Conservation Service staff and volunteers from the National Arboretum, ParkCare and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

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