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Connecting the community to nature

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

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NaturallyGC program

NaturallyGC workshops and activities are for people interested in exploring, conserving and connecting with our city's wonderful natural environment through a broad range of nature based activities, hands on workshops, events and sustainable recreational opportunities.

The city wide program provides over 800 free and low cost activities catering for over 12,000 participants each year through an annual program and popular kids holiday programs.

Activities and workshops include; citizen science, guided bushwalks, trail running and kayaking, tree planting, Koala conservation, kids nature play and a range of other environmental education workshops. You can also find tips on native gardening, learn more about our bidiverse natural areas, discover natural area parks to visit and information on City-led environment programs.

The NaturallyGC program is now online with booklets available from all City customer service centres and libraries.

You can also share your naturally Gold Coast experience on social media using #NaturallyGC. Please be mindful to minimise your footprint as much as possible and be aware of the impact of sharing a sensitive location may have on the environment .

View the guidelines about ethical nature photography.

NaturallyGC kids school holiday program

Switch screen time for green time over the Summer school holidays and plan how to connect the kids to nature through our NaturallyGC kids school holiday programs running from 8 December 2017 to 21 January 2018.

Aim of the program

The NaturallyGC program is aimed at creating many benefits for the community, including:

  • connecting the community with nature and Gold Coast natural areas
  • providing a range of free and low cost nature based workshops and activities for the community
  • providing beneficial, environmental education opportunities to the community
  • encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle
  • encouraging and promoting sustainable, nature based recreation opportunities
  • encouraging on-ground action within the community
  • raising awareness of the environmental values of the Gold Coast
  • promoting and supporting citywide conservation initiatives.

Becoming a NaturallyGC member or provide feedback

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If you are interested in connecting with and exploring the Gold Coast’s wonderful natural environment, become a NaturallyGC member and subscribe today.

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We would love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us by using our NaturallyGC feedback form at GC have your say.

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NaturallyGC ambassadors

Enviro warrior, Patrick Brabant

Patrick has been interested in animals and wildlife ever since he was three years old. He is keen to connect people back to nature and educate the community on the little things that we can do each day to make a difference.

Patrick Brabant the Enviro Warrior

Patrick is involved in a number of environment initiatives including;

  • NaturallyGC ambassador 2016-17
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ambassador
  • Clean up Australia Day 2017 ambassador
  • Queensland Youth and Environment Council representative
  • City of Gold Coast Australia Day 2016 Environment recipient.

Follow Patrick’s NaturallyGC adventures and blog.

Wildlife Warrior, Jasmine Rasmussen

Jasmine Rasmussen

Jasmine has had a passion for helping injured wildlife and releasing them back into the wild from a young age.

She believes that the youth of Australia are able to come together under the banner of preserving and regenerating Australian ecosystems that are home to thousands of species.

In pursuit of wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability, Jasmine has volunteered for a number of initiatives, including:

  • WildCare volunteer
  • WildCare workshop facilitator
  • NaturallyGC ambassador 2017-18.

Find out about some of the things that Jasmine gets up to over at Wildcare Australia.

NaturallyGC partnerships and initiatives

Nature Play QLD Passport

We've got stacks of missions for kids to complete outside, which are fun and mostly free.

The program is designed to encourage kids and their families to visit our iconic parks and places, along with day-to-day activities such as climbing a tree, visiting a beach, camping under the stars or visiting a local park.

The missions are delivered through an exciting online interface that allows kids to find a mission to complete, and then leave the computer behind to go and do it. They also earn virtual points for completing each outdoor activity. These points can be used to build avatars and to win great prizes.

The online interface is accompanied by an optional physical passport booklet that can be used to track progress. The physical passport booklet has 10 'mission' pages, stickers, suggestions on great places to go and things to do outdoors and a list of 15 things every child should do before they're 12.

Parents, get your kids started today.

For a free copy of the Nature Play QLD passport phone 07 5667 5972.

Photography 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.

NaturallyGC partners

Become a partner

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 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 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.

You can find more information on City programs and resources to assist you with connecting and conserving nature with the below links.

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