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NaturallyGC program

The NaturallyGC workshops and activities are designed for people interested in connecting with and exploring our city's wonderful natural environment.

NaturallyGC program

NaturallyGC workshops and activities are designed for people interested in connecting with and exploring our city's wonderful natural environment through nature-based activities, workshops and nature-based recreation.

The NaturallyGC program is now online with booklets available from all City customer service centres and libraries. The program is loaded with free and low cost nature based activities. Get exploring and start learning more about our natural environment today.

Connect the kids to nature these summer school holidays and read our NaturallyGC kids holiday program booklet to plan now.


Key workshops

To book, please contact the organiser of each activity. Bookings for all workshops are essential as places are strictly limited.

NaturallyGC kids holiday program

NaturallyGC Kids program is suitable for kids aged 5-12. Parents need to accompany children to the workshop or activity. For a comprehensive and detailed list of the activities listed below, be sure to view our NaturallyGC program booklet.

Date Workshop Time Location Details

10 December 2016

Wildcall encounters
(suitable for adults as well) Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face-to-face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes. Suitable for all ages.

9am-10am
10.30am-11.30am

Broadbeach

Cost: Free
Wildcall Wildlife Shows
P: 07 5667 5972

13 December 2016

Walk on the wildside
Bound along and discover what the kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a ranger. This short one hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature. Bring your Nature Play QLD passport along or at the time of your booking request one.

9am-10am Coombabah

Cost: Free
City of Gold Coast
Suitable for ages 4-12
Bookings required
P: 07 5667 5972

13 December 2016

Rocky shore Explore
Join our marine biologists at the rocky shores to explore this unique environment and learn about living and non-living things in the rock pools. Learn about periwinkles, sea cucumbers, oysters and crabs. Ages from 6 years.

2pm-3pm Meet next to playground on Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434629080

14 December 2016

Magical Mangroves
Explore the Mangroves through a treasure hunt, solving puzzles, finding answers to heaps of questions and observing animals and plants. Prizes to be won! Ages from 8 years.

2pm-3pm Meet at the entrance of the Beree Bedala reserve, Public Boat Ramp, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434629080

16 December 2016

Beach treasure hunt
Solve the puzzles, find the answers to the riddles and trivia and identify objects in order to successfully crack the code to open the treasure chest with prizes. A great way to have fun on the beach and learn about ways to keep it healthy and clean. Ages from 7 years. Limited spaces available.

10am-11am Burleigh Heads. Justin Park near lifeguard tower #18

Cost: $5
Contact:
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (CoastEd section)
Maggie Muurmans
coasted@griffith.edu.au
P: 07 5552 8823

15 December 2016

Walk on the wildside
Bound along and discover what the kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a ranger. This short one hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature. Bring your Nature Play QLD passport along or at the time of your booking request one.

8.30am-9.30am
10am-11am
Coombabah

Cost: Free
City of Gold Coast
Suitable for ages 4-12
Bookings required
P: 07 5667 5972

16 December 2016

Kids in Conservation
Botanica Christmas arts and crafts Create and take home your own cards and Christmas decorations from the gifts of nature. Suitable for 4 – 12 years.

9am-10am
10am-11am
Botanic Gardens, Ashmore

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
P: 0449 561 674
info@friendsgcrbg.org.au
friendsgcrbg.org.au

18 December 2016

Tidal Pools
Come and search for Rock Pool Creatures, play games listen to a story and make sand art. This program starts Tallebudgera Creek. We will meet on the grassed area neat Tallebudgera Creek on the east side.

9am-11am Currumbin

Bookings required
GECKO Ecoexplorers
P 07 5534 1412
M 0400 703 898
E eco-explorers@gecko.org.au

18 December 2016

Rocky shore Explore
Join our marine biologists at the rocky shores to explore this unique environment and learn about living and non-living things in the rock pools. Learn about periwinkles, sea cucumbers, oysters and crabs. Ages from 6 years.

5pm-6pm Meet next to playground on Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

20 December 2016

Trash Art
Create your own sculpture out of Marine rubbish to take home! Learn about why rubbish is bad for the environment and especially for the ocean at the same! Ages from 4 years.

2pm-3pm Meet next to playground on Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

22 December 2016

Burleigh Headland Walk and Talk
Join Ocean Connect on a walk through the Burleigh Headland and learn about the ecology, history (including aboriginal history) and socio-economics aspects of the headland. Morning tea will be provided after the walk. Ages from 12 years.

3.30pm-5pm Meet at the undercover area at the top of Goodwin terrace, Burleigh Heads (near the national park entrance)

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

22 December 2016

Xmas Sand art and Play
Create your own piece of Christmas themed sand art to take home, build with kinetic sand, look at sand from all over the world and win a prize with the sand dig. Suitable for ages 4 and above.

10am-11am Broadwater Parklands (Meet next to the rock pools)

Cost: $2
No bookings required
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (CoastEd section)

23 December 2016

Xmas Sand art and Play
Create your own piece of Christmas themed sand art to take home, build with kinetic sand, look at sand from all over the world and win a prize with the sand dig. Suitable for ages 4 and above.

10am-11am Palm Beach Parklands

Cost: $2
No bookings required
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (CoastEd section)

3 January 2017

Trash Art
Create your own sculpture out of Marine rubbish to take home! Learn about why rubbish is bad for the environment and especially for the ocean at the same! Ages from 4 years.

2pm-3pm Meet at the Pirate Park, Palm Beach

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

5 January 2017

Marine biologist field day (Mangroves and Beach)
This session will take you on a field study of the mangroves and the beach where you will get your hands dirty and learn about identification and adaptation of marine life, crab diversity and beach ecology from in-house marine biologists. Finishing with morning tea and games on the beach. Limited spaces available. Ages from 7 years.

9am-12pm Meet at the entrance of the Beree-Badalla Reserve, public boat ramp, Thrower Drive, Currumbin

Cost: $7.50
Bookings required
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (CoastEd)
Maggie Muurmans
P 07 5552 8823
coasted@griffith.edu.au

6 January 2017

Marine biologist field day (Rocky shores and Dunes)
This session will take you on a field study of the mangroves and the beach where you will get your hands dirty and learn about identification and adaptation of marine life, crab diversity and beach ecology from in-house marine biologists. Finishing with morning tea and games on the beach. Limited spaces available. Ages from 7 years.

9am-12pm Meet next to the playground on Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $7.50
Bookings required
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (CoastEd)
Maggie Muurmans
P 07 5552 8823
coasted@griffith.edu.au

7 January 2017

MangroveWatch Training
Get involved in a citizen science project and assist Ocean Connect and MangroveWatch in collecting information on local mangrove ecosystems. Learn the techniques of mangrove identification, health assessments and conservation values. You will directly contribute towards data collection on species diversity, composition and health and learn how you can contribute to mangrove conservation. Ages from 12 years.

10am-11am Meet at the entrance of the Beree Bedala reserve, Public Boat Ramp, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

7 January 2017

Tally Creek Kayak Experience
This is an experience not to be missed. Fall in love with Tallebudgera Creek and keep the kids active by taking your little adventurer on a kayak tour learning more about our natural environment. Paddle along the creek, exploring the mangrove banks, local bird life and tidal islands .Kayaks available on the day or bring your own. One adult and one child per kayak. Suitable for ages 8 and above. The workshop is free if you BYO kayak.

8.30am-9.45am
10am-11.15am
Tallebudgera Creek

Cost: $10 hire/person
Bookings required
City of Gold Coast
P: 07 5667 5972

8 January 2017

Rocky shore Explore
Join our marine biologists at the rocky shores to explore this unique environment and learn about living and non-living things in the rock pools. Learn about periwinkles, sea cucumbers, oysters and crabs. Ages from 6 years.

5pm-6pm Meet next to playground on Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

9 January 2017

Fabulous Frogs
Find the tadpoles in the pond and other things that frogs may eat, games story and craft.

9am-11am Gecko House 139 Duringan Street Currumbin Cost: $10
Bookings required
GECKO Ecoexplorers
P 07 5534 1412
M 0400 703 898
E eco-explorers@gecko.org.au

10 January 2017

What bird is that?
Learn to identify birds and take part in our bird survey. Take home your own bird ID booklet. Suitable for ages 6 to14 years.

9am-10.30am Botanic Gardens, Ashmore

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
P: 0449 561 674
info@friendsgcrbg.org.au
friendsgcrbg.org.au

10 January 2017

Walk on the wildside
Bound along and discover what the kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a ranger. This short one hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature. Bring your Nature Play QLD passport along or at the time of your booking request one.

8.30am-9.30am
10am-11am
Coombabah

Cost: Free
City of Gold Coast
Suitable for ages 4-12
Bookings required
P: 07 5667 5972

12 January 2017

Funky Fish
Let’s look for fish in the mangroves and all about them. Fish games, craft and story.

9am-11am Gecko House 139 Duringan Street Currumbin Cost: $10
Bookings required
GECKO Ecoexplorers
P 07 5534 1412
M 0400 703 898
E eco-explorers@gecko.org.au

12 January 2017

Rocky shore Explore
Join our marine biologists at the rocky shores to explore this unique environment and learn about living and non-living things in the rock pools. Learn about periwinkles, sea cucumbers, oysters and crabs. Ages from 6 years.

5pm-6pm Meet next to playground on Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

12 January 2017

Trash Art
Create your own sculpture out of Marine rubbish to take home! Learn about why rubbish is bad for the environment and especially for the ocean at the same! Ages from 4 years.

4pm-5pm Meet next to playground on Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

12 January 2017

Dog walk and talk
Bring your pooch and ask questions to our professional dog trainers whilst visiting an off leash area. Our guide will also share some interesting facts about the area called the Spit and the dunes along the beach. Morning tea provided (including a doggy morning tea). Limited spaces available.

8am-10.30am Meet at the undercover area in front of the public toilets near the carpark on The Spit. Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Cost: $2
Bookings required
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (CoastEd) Maggie Muurmans
P 07 5552 8823
coasted@griffith.edu.au

12 January 2017

Burleigh Headland Walk and Talk
Join Ocean Connect on a walk through the Burleigh Headland and learn about the ecology, history (including aboriginal history) and socio-economics aspects of the headland. Morning tea will be provided after the walk. Ages from 12 years.

8am-10.30am Meet at the undercover area at the top of Goodwin terrace, Burleigh Heads (near the national park entrance)

Cost: $2
Bookings required
Ocean Connect
info@ocean-connect.org
P: 0434 629 080

13 January 2017

Tally Creek Kayak Experience
This is an experience not to be missed. Fall in love with Tallebudgera Creek and keep the kids active by taking your little adventurer on a kayak tour learning more about our natural environment. Paddle along the creek, exploring the mangrove banks, local bird life and tidal islands .Kayaks available on the day or bring your own. One adult and one child per kayak. Suitable for ages 8 and above. The workshop is free if you BYO kayak.

8.30am-9.45am
10am-11.15am
Tallebudgera Creek

Cost: $10 hire/person
Bookings required
City of Gold Coast
P: 07 5667 5972
Presenter: Kayak the Gold Coast

14 January 2017

Wildlife encounters
Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face-to-face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include, snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes. Suitable for all ages.

9am-10am
10.30am-11.30am

Elanora

Bookings required
City of Gold Coast
Cost: Free
P: 07 5667 5972
Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

16 January 2017

Incredible Insects

Search for insects, learn about them, games, story, craft. Suitable for 5-9 year olds.

9am-11am Currumbin

Cost: $10
Bookings required
GECKO Ecoexplorers
P 07 5534 1412
M 0400 703 898
E eco-explorers@gecko.org.au

17 January 2017

Walk on the Wildside
Bound along and discover what the kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a ranger. This short one hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature. Bring your Nature Play QLD passport along or at the time of your booking request one. Suitable for ages 4-12.

8.30am-9.30am
10am-11am

Coombabah

Bookings required
City of Gold Coast
Cost: Free
P: 07 5667 5972
Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

18 January 2017

Tidal Pools

Come and search for Rock Pool Creatures, play games listen to a story and make sand art. This program starts Tallebudgera Creek.

9am-11am Tallebudgera Creek

Cost: $10
Bookings required
GECKO Ecoexplorers
P 07 5534 1412
M 0400 703 898
E eco-explorers@gecko.org.au

19 January 2017

Coastal bike challenge North

Get on your bike (or the back of one) and join us on our coastal treasure hunt and solve puzzles and riddle on the way for prizes. Learn about Federation Walk and the work that is being done to protect the coastline.

9am-10.30am Phillip Park, carpark on Seaworld Drive Main Beach.

Cost: $2
Contact:
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (CoastEd section)
Maggie Muurmans
coasted@griffith.edu.au
P: 07 5552 8823

19 January 2017

Coastal bike challenge South

Get on your bike (or the back of one) and join us on our coastal treasure hunt and solve puzzles and riddle on the way for prizes. Learn about Federation Walk and the work that is being done to protect the coastline.

9am-10.30am Phillip Park, carpark on Seaworld Drive Main Beach.

Cost: $2
Contact:
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (CoastEd section)
Maggie Muurmans
coasted@griffith.edu.au
P: 07 5552 8823

20 January 2017

Grow that plant

Learn how to grow your own native plants from seeds and cuttings. Take your plants home and help grow a habitat in your backyard. Suitable for 8 to 14 years.

9am-11am Botanic Gardens Ashmore

Cost: $5
Bookings required
Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
P: 0449 561 674
info@friendsgcrbg.org.au
friendsgcrbg.org.au

Guided bushwalks, trail running and kayaking

Date Workshop Time Location Details

10 September 2016

Guided bushwalk

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area

Explore this international significant wetland and bushlands that are home to koalas, wallabies, grey-headed flying foxes, frogs and many bird species. Refresh your plant identification skills while enjoying this significant ecological area.

8am-10am

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

17 September 2016

Tally Creek kayak experience

This is an experience not to be missed, fall in love with Tallebudgera Creek through an educational introduction to the local environment and history of the area.

8am-10am

Tallebudgera

Presenter: Kayak the Gold Coast

Cost: Free if you BYO kayak or $10 to hire

Ages: 12 years and above

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

23 September 2016

Guided bushwalk Springbrook

This walk starts on Springbrook Plateau and traverses through Apple Tree Park track. Approximately 2.5 kilometres return with a moderate fitness level required.

9am-11am

Springbrook

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

1 November 2016

Elanora Wetlands guided bushwalk - meeting end of Tallebudgera Drive, Elanora

Join the Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group on a guided walk through the estuarine forest alongside Tallebudgera Creek. Explore habitat important to many species of birds, butterflies and gliders.

8am-10am

Elanora

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

26 November 2016

Tally Creek kayak experience

This is an experience not to be missed, fall in love with Tallebudgera Creek through an educational introduction to the local environment and history of the area.

8am-10am

Tallebudgera

Presenter: Kayak the Gold Coast

Cost: Free if you BYO kayak or $10 to hire

Ages: 12 years and above

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

18 March 2017

Tally Creek kayak experience

This is an experience not to be missed, fall in love with Tallebudgera Creek through an educational introduction to the local environment and history of the area.

8am-10am

Tallebudgera

Presenter: Kayak the Gold Coast

Cost: Free if you BYO kayak or $10 to hire

Ages: 12 years and above

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

6 April 2017

Guided bushwalk Bally Mountain Conservation Area

Learn about the significant plants and animals that call the area home and see first hand the ecological restoration works being undertaken by the City.

Challenging walk, good fitness levels required.

9am-1pm

Bonogin

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

8 April 2017

Guided bushwalk

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area

Explore this international significant wetland and bushlands that are home to koalas, wallabies, grey-headed flying foxes, frogs and many bird species. Refresh your plant identification skills while enjoying this significant ecological area.

8am-10am

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

11 May 2017

Guided bushwalk Springbrook

This walk starts on Springbrook Plateau and traverses through Apple Tree Park track. Approximately 2.5 kilometres return with a moderate fitness level required.

9am-11am

Springbrook

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

Nature based educational workshop and events

Date Workshop Time Location Details

30 July 2016

Who’s bark is that? Rainforest trees, barks and trunks

A popular session with the well known Pete Poropat, a rainforest expert whose skills in identifying the giants of our rainforests have been learnt over decades. Pete will share these skills to help identify rainforest trees by their bark and trunk features. Activity is not suitable for children. A moderate fitness level is required.

9am-11am

Burleigh National Park

Presenter: Pete Poropat

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and above

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

13 August 2016

Bush tucker

Dura, yaga, jar – grow, cook, eat!

Learn to grow, cook and eat a local variety of native Yugambeh country flavours in this inspiring, one-hour, bush tucker workshop. As we tour the Botanic Gardens, identify a range of local bush-food plants, discover ways to incorporate the flavours in everyday cooking and pick up tips to grow bush foods in your home garden.

10am-12pm

Ashmore

Presenter: Paula Nihot

Cost: Free

Ages: Eight years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

27 August 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Currumbin Valley

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

17 September 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Austinville Hall

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

30 September 2016

Who’s bark is that? Rainforest trees, barks and trunks

A popular session with the well known Pete Poropat, a rainforest expert whose skills in identifying the giants of our rainforests have been learnt over decades. Pete will share these skills to help identify rainforest trees by their bark and trunk features. Activity is not suitable for children. A moderate fitness level is required.

9am-11am

Burleigh National Park

Presenter: Pete Poropat

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and above

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

24 September 2016

Getting started in birdwatching and bird-based citizen science

Rochelle will present information on how people, both younger and older, from all backgrounds, can contribute to birds and their conservation.

9.30am-11am

Runaway Bay

1 October 2016

Native stingless bees

Learn about the stunning diversity of Australia’s native bees and their role in the environment. Learn how to keep stingless bees in a hive, propagate them and extract honey. You will come away equipped to keep your own hive of stingless bees in your part of the world. Australian Native Bee Book available for purchase at the workshop.

9am-12pm

Robina

Presenter: Tim Heard – Sugarbag

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

8 October 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Numinbah Valley

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

29 October 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Upper Ormeau

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

30 October 2016

Threatened shorebirds (includes a boat trip to Curlew Island)

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Labrador

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

5 November 2016

Environmental weeds in your backyard and the basics of bush regeneration

Learn how to identify a range of environmental weeds and the appropriate control techniques from a trained bush regenerator. You will also learn all the basics of restoration to assist you with planning and restoring your own property.

9am-10.30am

Ashmore

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

19 November 2016

Threatened plants and animals

Learn how to identify rare and threatened plants found on the Gold Coast.

9am-3pm

Springbrook

Presenter: SEQ Catchments

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and above (more suited for adults)

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

4 February 2017

Bush tucker

Dura, yaga, jar – grow, cook, eat!

Learn to grow, cook and eat a local variety of native Yugambeh country flavours in this inspiring, one-hour bush tucker workshop. As we tour the Botanic Gardens, identify a range of local bush-food plants, discover ways to incorporate the flavours in everyday cooking and pick up tips to grow bush foods in your home garden.

9am-11am

Ashmore

Presenter: Paula Nihot

Cost: Free

Ages: Eight years and over

Booking required, phone
07 5667 5972

11 March 2017

Creatures of the dark (wildlife spotlighting)

Turn on your night vision and join us for a night time adventure on a light, one-hour walk spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals. The walk will be followed by a half hour wildlife show - so you're guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife up close. Suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age.

6.30pm-8pm

Burleigh Ridge Reserve

Presenter: Wildcall

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

14 March 2017

Native stingless bees

Learn about the stunning diversity of Australia’s native bees and their role in the environment. Learn how to keep stingless bees in a hive, propagate them and extract honey. You will come away equipped to keep your own hive of stingless bees in your part of the world. Australian Native Bee Book available for purchase at the workshop.

9am-12pm

Robina

Presenter: Tim Heard – Sugarbag

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

8 April 2017

Nature walk with birds

Join us for an easy walk through this dynamic landscape at Federation Walk and learn about its recent transformation along a three kilometre circuit while spotting some birds and other wildlife.

7.30am-9am

Main Beach

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 15 years and over

Bookings required phone
07 5667 5972

8 April 2017

Creatures of the dark (wildlife spotlighting)

Turn on your night vision and join us for a night time adventure on a light, one-hour walk spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals. The walk will be followed by a half hour wildlife show - so you're guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife up close. Suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age.

6pm-7.30pm

Burleigh Ridge Reserve

Presenter: Wildcall

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

6 May 2017

Kangaroos and wallabies

Explore the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area and learn about the kangaroos and wallabies (macropods) that live in the area.

4.30pm-5.30pm

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

13 May 2017

Environmental weeds in your backyard and the basics of bush regeneration

Learn how to identify a range of environmental weeds and the appropriate control techniques from a trained bush regenerator. You will also learn all the basics of restoration to assist you with planning and restoring your own property.

9am-10.30am

Ashmore

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

3 June 2017

Creatures of the dark (wildlife spotlighting)

Turn on your night vision and join us for a night time adventure on a light, one-hour walk spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals. The walk will be followed by a half hour wildlife show - so you're guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife up close. Suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age.

6pm-7.30pm

Burleigh Ridge Reserve

Presenter: Wildcall

Cost: Free

Ages: 16 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

Nature kids on the coast

Date Workshop Time Location Details

13 August 2016

Sparky Do Dah

Each natural adventure includes nature-based activities and games including bushwalking and forest adventures. Activities are suitable for ages five to 10 years, all participants must be accompanied by a parent.

9am-11am

Ashmore

Presenter- Sparky Do Dah

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

21 September 2016

Junior Landcare planting day

Come along and join in the fun with a community planting day specifically for kids aged three to 13 years.

9.30am-11am

Tallebudgera

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: 3–13 years

For bookings, phone
07 5581 1537

27 September 2016

Walk on the wild side just for kids

Bound along and discover what the kangaroo’s, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a Ranger. This short, one-hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature again. Bring your Nature Play QLD passport along or at the time of your booking request one.

9am-10am

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: suitable for ages 4-12 years

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

15 October 2016

Sparky Do Dah

Each natural adventure includes nature-based activities and games including bushwalking and forest adventures. Activities are suitable for ages five to 10 years, all participants must be accompanied by a parent.

9am-11am

Palm Beach

Presenter- Sparky Do Dah

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

10 December 2016

Wildcall wildlife encounters (suitable for adults as well)

Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face to face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include, snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes.

9am-10am and
10.30am-11.30am

Broadbeach

Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

13 December 2016

Walk on the wild side just for kids

Bound along and discover what the kangaroo’s, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a Ranger. This short, one-hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature again. Bring your Nature Play QLD passport along or at the time of your booking request one.

9am-10am

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: suitable for ages 4-12 years

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

14 January 2017

Wildcall wildlife encounters (suitable for adults as well)

Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face to face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include, snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes.

9am-10am and
10.30am-11.30am

Elanora

Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

4 February 2017

Sparky Do Dah

Each natural adventure includes nature-based activities and games including bushwalking and forest adventures. Activities are suitable for ages five to 10 years, all participants must be accompanied by a parent.

9am-11am

Ashmore

Presenter- Sparky Do Dah

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

4 March 2017

Wildcall wildlife encounters (suitable for adults as well)

Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face to face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include, snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes.

9am-10am and 10.30am-11.30am

Helensvale

Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

11 March 2017

Sparky Do Dah

Each natural adventure includes nature-based activities and games including bushwalking and forest adventures. Activities are suitable for ages five to 10 years, all participants must be accompanied by a parent.

9am-11am

Palm Beach

Presenter- Sparky Do Dah

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

4 April 2017

Walk on the wild side just for kids

Bound along and discover what the kangaroo’s, koalas and other wildlife get up to at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on a guided walk with a Ranger. This short, one-hour walk through the wetlands and boardwalk is a great way to get kids rediscovering nature again. Bring your Nature Play QLD passport along or at the time of your booking request one.

9am-10am

Coombabah

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Ages: suitable for ages 4-12 years

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

8 April 2017

Sparky Do Dah

Each natural adventure includes nature-based activities and games including bushwalking and forest adventures. Activities are suitable for ages five to 10 years, all participants must be accompanied by a parent.

9am-11am

Tallebudgera

Presenter- Sparky Do Dah

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

20 May 2017

Wildcall wildlife encounters (suitable for adults as well)

Your curiosity about the natural world will come alive as you meet face to face with some of our country’s stunning wildlife. The many types of wildlife you may encounter include, snakes, possums, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, owls and flying foxes.

9am-10am and
10.30am-11.30am

Robina

Presenter: Wildcall Wildlife Shows

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

Nature photography and film

Date Workshop Time Location Details

3 September 2016

Up close nature photography

In this workshop learn some tips and tricks for taking better photos of all things small; whether insects, frogs or flowers. You will learn the theory behind good, close-up photography before going out into the field to put your new skills into practice. Must be able to bring own camera and equipment.

9am-11am

Coombabah

Presenter: Todd Burrows

Cost: Free

Ages: 12 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

11 March 2017

Up close nature photography

In this workshop learn some tips and tricks for taking better photos of all things small; whether insects, frogs or flowers. You will learn the theory behind good, close-up photography before going out into the field to put your new skills into practice. Must be able to bring own camera and equipment.

9am-11am

Coombabah

Presenter: Todd Burrows

Cost: Free

Ages: 12 years and over

Bookings required, phone
07 5667 5972

Volunteer activities, partnerships and tree planting

Date Workshop Time Location Details

24 July 2016

National Tree Day (tree planting)

Come and celebrate 20 years of National Tree Day. Play a part in the celebrations and plant a tree along the banks of Mudgeeraba Creek. We will have 1000 trees to be planted on the day.

9.30am-11am

Robina

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

10 September 2016

Bushcare’s Major Day Out and Landcare Week

Help us restore habitat within Coombabah Lakelands by planting 1000 native trees. Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

9am-10.30am

Coombabah

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

24 September 2016

Koala tree plantings

Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

4 February 2017

Koala tree plantings

Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

18 March 2017

Landcare for singles

So do you plant here often?

'Landcare for singles' events provide the perfect opportunity for environmentally-conscious people on the lookout for that special someone to try a new and unique form of speed dating, or in this case – speed planting. Come and join us and plant some trees, you never know who you may meet.

9am-10.30am

Robina

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

6 May 2017

Koala tree plantings

Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

9am-10.30am

Burleigh

Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537


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Koala track boardwalk

To book, please contact the organiser of each activity. Bookings for all workshops are essential as places are strictly limited.

We are unable to accommodate participants who turn up on the day without a booking. No large group bookings are accepted.

The NaturallyGC Program is produced by the City's Natural Areas Management Unit. If you would like hard copies of the booklet, please phone 07 5667 5972.

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NaturallyGC program affiliations

NaturallyGC program affiliation list

Be an affiliator

If you are an organisation, community group or not for profit that would like to have your workshops or activities promoted within the NaturallyGC program, please contact namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au for further information.

To be involved within the NaturallyGC Program you must have the following:

  • sufficient qualifications in your professional field and experience delivering group environmental based programs/activities for the community
  • $10 million public liability insurance (individuals or businesses)
  • current first aid certificate
  • current commission for children blue card (if working with children)
  • be community minded
  • risk management procedures in place.

For a full list of City supported environmental education programs visit the Environment education page.


Photo competition

Dust off your cameras and capture the beauty of our hinterland, waterways, nature trails and native plants and animals. Enter our NaturallyGC Instagram photo competition.

Use the #NaturallyGC hashtag and share your nature-based experiences with friends and family. Search the hashtag across social media platforms to find out how others have been engaging in the program.

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