Explore Program

Explore program - September 2016

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Date

Time

Place

Activity

Every day in September

9 am – 5 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tackle the obstacle course – NEW!

Nestled within the park in natural environments is our obstacle course where kids can run themselves ragged.

Cost: included in entry fee

No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Every day in September

9 am – 5 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Print out available from website or pick up at Visitor Centre

Self-guided activities

Check out our list of things to do when you visit Tidbinbilla on the Nature Play website.

http://www.natureplaycbr.org.au/

Cost: included in entry fee

No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Every day in September

1.30 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s Sanctuary.

Meet at

Pond 4 Boardwalk in the Sanctuary

Pelican feed

Join a wildlife officer on the board walk on Pond 4 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 September

9 am – 4 pm

National Arboretum Canberra,

Village Centre

The National Arboretum Canberra

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 entry

Enquiries: 6207 8484

Every day in September

7 am – 5.30 pm

National Arboretum Canberra

The great outdoors at the National Arboretum

Enjoy great walking and cycling through the 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Kids will love the Pod Playground and you can picnic in the HimalayanCedars.

Every day in September

10 am – 3 pm

Meet at the Village Centre Information  Desk in the National Arboretum Canberra

Free short guided talks at the National Arboretum

Meet a volunteer guide for a 20 minute talk to hear stories about the different 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 Saturday and Sunday

and every day in school holidays in September

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 including water birds, platypus and serene sourroundings.

Cost: included in entry fee

No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Saturday

3 September

and Saturday

17 September

5.30 pm – 8 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/eco-holidays/nsw-act/tidbinbilla-tid-after-dark/

Sunday

4 September

9 am – 11 am

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices,

2 Dairy Road Fyshwick

Birds and Brunch

Discover the special birds of Jerrabomberra Wetlands with an expert from Canberra Ornithologists Group. Light breakfast provided afterwards. Suitable for ages 12 and over.

Cost: $35

Bookings essential at: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/birds-and-brunch-5/

Saturday

10 September

9 am – 11.30 am

Belconnen Way entry gate to Black Mountain Nature Reserve, just before Caswell Drive turnoff (look for the balloons).

Which wattles walk and talk

Enjoy wattles on Black Mountain with local plant ecologist, Michael Doherty, and hear how they survive fire and drought. Mostly easy walk with some steep sections. Bring water and snacks if you wish and wear sturdy shoes.

Cost: gold coin donation

Bookings and enquiries: 0437 298 711
friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com

Sunday

11 September

11 am  – 12 noon

North Lane, Tharwa (follow dirt road heading north from the car park under the Tharwa bridge)

Tharwa Fish Habitat Project

Join a ranger for a guided walk to look at the Fish Habitats project on the Murrumbidgee River. Find out why these habitats are important for not only fish but for aquatic invertebrates and micro-organisms. Wear sturdy footwear.

Cost: free

No bookings required. Enquiries 6207 2900

Sunday

11 September

8 am – 10 am

Mount Majura Nature Reserve entrance off Mackenzie St, near Grayson St, Hackett

Bird walk in spring – Friends of Mount Majura

Walk through the woodlands with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to discover the birds of Mount Majura including  early spring migrants and possibly even early breeders like honeyeaters. Bring binoculars and water and wear sturdy enclosed walking shoes.  

Cost: gold coin donation for a bird list

Enquiries: http://majura.org/

Sunday

11 September

9.30 am – 11 am

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices,

2 Dairy Road Fyshwick

Wetlands discovery tour

Get the family together to enjoy a morning with nature by going for a stroll around the wetlands with a ranger to find out more about this gem in the middle of Canberra.

Cost: $10

Bookings essential: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/wetlands-discovery-tour-2/

Monday

26 September

Saturday 1

Monday 3

Saturday 8

October

2:30 pm – 3 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Eucalypt Forest

car park

Koalas in the canopy

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

Tuesday

27 Thursday 29

September

Thursday

6 October

11 am – 12:30 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Greens Picnic area

Meet at the Visitors Centre

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: $5.00 per child plus entry to the reserve

Bookings essential: 6205 1233

Wednesday

28 September Wednesday 5 October

11 am

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Meet at the Visitor Centre

Potoroo who talk

Join a ranger for a behind the scenes tour and talk about the Long-nosed Potoroo. Suitable for children ages 6 and up.

Cost: included in entry fee

Bookings essential: 6205 1233

Friday

30 September

Friday

7 October

2.30 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s Sanctuary

Brolga talk

Join a wildlife officer for a talk in the Sanctuary and to meet Brolgas Billy and Meg.

Cost: included in entry fee.

No bookings required. Enquiries: 6205 1233

Tuesday

13 September

6 pm – 7.30 pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices,

2 Dairy Road Fyshwick

Fish at Jerrabomberra Wetlands – evening presentation series

Fish expert Jim Barrett (University of Canberra) will talk about fish in the wetlands and fish management across the Murray-Darling Basin. Presentation (including questions) from 6 pm - 7 pm followed by a light supper.

Cost: gold coin donation

RSVP and further information: https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/evening-presentation-series-fish-in-the-jerrabomberra-wetlands/

Saturday

17 September

9 am – 12 noon

Orroral Homestead, Namadgi National Park

Orroral Homestead precinct guided tour

Join a ranger on a guided tour of the Orroral Homestead and the newly restored woolshed. Learn about pastoral life the remote parts of the ACT. Meet the volunteers who were involved in the restoration of the woolshed and see some of the age old techniques used to bring this unique structure back to life. Bring water and wear warm clothing and sturdy enclosed footwear.

Cost: free

Bookings essential: 6207 2900

Saturday

17 September

9.30am – 12.30am

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

Bird watching for beginners

Struggling with your bird identification? Always hearing bird calls and never knowing what you’re listening to? Never quite getting your binoculars to adjust to the right settings? This short field-based course with Canberra Ornithologists Group is for you. For ages 12 and over.

Cost: $35

Bookings essential:

https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/birdwatching-for-beginners-2/

Sunday

18 September

10 am – 12 noon

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

ACT Young Rangers Club @ Jerrabomberra Wetlands

For young nature enthusiasts between the ages of 8 and 15, the club meets on the third Sunday of each month to explore a variety of nature-based topics with local experts. Come and try before signing up.

Enquiries: Lori Gould on 0439 030 058 or lori.gould@woodlandsandwetlands.org.au

https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/latest-news/act-young-rangers-club/

Thursday

22 September

6 pm – 8.30 pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

Frogwatch training

Learn how to survey for frogs with Frogwatch experts. The evening will start with an introductory seminar from 6.00 pm – 7.15 pm, followed by a practical field session from 7.15 pm – 8.30 pm. A light supper will be provided. You can attend one or both.

Cost: $10

Bookings essential:

https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/frogwatch-training-2/

Wednesday

28 September

10 am – 12.30 pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

Bush and waterbug detectives – school holidays

Put on your detective’s 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. Kids need sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle and be accompanied by an adult. For ages 5 -13 years.

Cost: $8 per child (adults free)

Bookings essential:

https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/school-holiday-program-bush-and-waterbug-detectives/

Thursday

29 September

9 am – 4 pm

National Arboretum Canberra,

Village Centre

VILLAGE CENTRE AND CAFE CLOSED

All outdoor venues including National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground are OPEN.

Food, drink and ice cream cart available on the Terrace.

Friday

30 September

10 am – 12.30 pm

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices, 2 Dairy Rd Fyshwick

Bush Treasures – school holidays

Take a walk around the wetlands with a ranger and collect a variety of materials for you to make a brilliant masterpiece. Kids need sturdy shoes, hat and water bottle and must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for ages 5 – 13 years.

Cost: $8 per child (adults free)

Bookings essential:

https://jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/event/school-holiday-program-bush-treasures/

Every weekend

in September

Saturday 2 pm

Sunday 10 am

Meet at the Village Centre information  desk

Forest walks at the National Arboretum – 1 hour

Put on your boots and follow your guide into the forests to see the first signs of spring at the Arboretum.

Cost: free

No bookings required. Enquiries: 6207 8484

Saturday

24 September to

Sunday

9 October

9 am – 4 pm

National Arboretum Canberra

National Arboretum school holidays

Bonsai workshops for 8 – 16 year olds. Art workshops and demonstrations. Spring adventure trail map

www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

Bookings essential: 6207 8484

Charges may apply to some activities

Tour is conducted six times in September.

Visit the website for dates

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. Suitable for ages 12 years and upwards.

Cost: $49.50

Bookings essential: http://bettongs.org/category/tours-events/

Sunday

2 October

11 am – 12 noon

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Meet at the Visitor Centre

Boomerang throwing

See a demonstration of some of the many types of boomerangs and throw one to see if it does come back.  

Cost: $5.00 per child plus entry to the reserve

Bookings essential: 6205 1233

Sunday

2 October 

and  Sunday

9 October

3 pm – 3:45 pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

The Sanctuary main entrance

Platypus pursuits

Meet at top Sanctuary car park and 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

For further information contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or visit www.environment.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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