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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.

Winter school holiday program

Switch screen time for green time these winter school holidays and plan how to connect the kids to nature through our NaturallyGC kids' winter holiday program.


Key workshops and volunteer tree planting days

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

City of Gold Coast Environment Programs and Partnerships

If you want to get involved in helping to protect our natural environment or learn more about the issues and how you can make a difference, the City supports you with a range of programs, projects and resources.

Check out our Community partnership and education page for more details.

Citizen Science

Workshop Location Details

Birdlife Australia (Atlas Project)

We need volunteers to take part in bird monitoring surveys and conservation activities across Australia. You get to watch birds and enjoy the outdoors, and the information you record helps us develop a better understanding of Australia's birds and their habitats.

You record your location and the birds you see, and submit your observations on our collection forms.

Download the forms from Birdlife Australia.

Various locations Website: birdlife.org.au

ClimateWatch

Our native birds, bugs and plants can be important indicators of environmental change. ClimateWatch is collating records of common Australian wildlife in botanic gardens throughout the country, to help us learn more about the impacts of climate change on our ecosystems.

Anyone can participate in Climatewatch by picking up a recording sheet from the Botanic Gardens Friends Centre before you take a walk, and recording your sightings of the birds, plants and insects on the list.

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, 230 Ashmore Road, Benowa

Phone: 0449 561 674
Email: info@friendsgcrbg.org.au
Web: climatewatch.org.au

Recording sheets can be collected between10am and 2pm at the Friends centre

DuneWatch

Help collect vital information on the health of the sand dunes and learn about the native dune vegetation and invasive species.

The program will contribute to expanding the knowledge on the local dune systems.

Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, North Burleigh, Palm Beach, Currumbin, Tugun and Rainbow Bay.

Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

Phone: 07 5552 8823
Email: coasted@griffith.edu.au
Web: Griffith Centre for Coastal Management - DuneWatch

Feather map of Australia project

Become a citizen scientist today by collecting wetland bird feathers you find on the ground or in the water and help our researchers create the first ever Feather Map of Australia.

The map will help show the health of wetland birds nationally and all you have to do to participate is collect wetland bird feathers and pop them in the post. Yes, it really is that simple.

Each feather will be analysed using nuclear techniques to understand the diet and environmental conditions that grew the feather. Refer to the website on how to be involved.

Various locations Web: Feather Map of Australia Project

Humpbacks and Highrises

Humpbacks and High-rises is a not for profit community organisation dedicated to the research and protection of marine mammals in urban costal zones.

They are focusing their efforts on whales and dolphins and invite people to participate in the annual whale monitoring program.

The program is designed to provide viable information on whale behaviour, movement, and identification and runs from June to November every year. Participants will be trained in boat based surveys.

Various locations

Email: science@hhr.org.au
Web: www.humpbacksandhighrises.org

Mangrove Watch Program

Get involved in a citizen science project and assist Ocean Connect and Mangrove Watch 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.

Sites alternate between: Beree Badalla Reserve, Palm Beach and Coombabah Lakelands, Coombabah.

First Saturday of each month from 10am-11am

Contact Ocean Connect to confirm

Email: r.brinkman@griffith.edu.au

Monitoring seagrass

Enjoy the outdoors while also doing seagrass science. Be part of the monitoring season and contribute to long term data collection regarding the health of seagrass habitats on the Gold Coast.

No experience is necessary to join this free, fun and educational activity. Local coordinator will train participants along the way.

Various locations

Ages: 13 and over

Phone: 0432 988 513
Email: seagrasswatch.gc@wildlife.org.au

Platypus Watch (volunteer)

Platypus Watch is a community-based citizen science program supported by the City. Members of the community undertake platypus surveys, promote and record platypus sightings and assess platypus habitats.

This information is used to identify the education and conservation actions needed to help protect this unique mammal.

To participate in Platypus Watch, you must complete an induction, be in good health and have the ability to climb along creek banks as required.

This program is not suitable for small children as it involves sitting quietly for up to two hours at a time at dawn or dusk.

Various locations

Gold Coast Catchment Association

Phone: 0419 522 207
Email: platypuswatch@goldcoastcatchments.org

Guided bushwalks, trail running and kayaking

Date Workshop Time Location Details

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

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

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 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 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.

he 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. Plus, they 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 5581 6984.

Nature photography and film

There are currently no scheduled nature photography activities. Check back with us soon.

Volunteer activities, partnerships and tree planting

Date Workshop Time Location Details

8 April 2017

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

6 May 2017

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Burleigh

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

20 May 2017

Super Hero themed tree planting

 

9am-10.30am

Oxenford (Coomera River)

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

3 June 2017

Koala tree planting – World Environment Day

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

29 July 2017

National Tree Day planting

 

9am-10.30am

Oxenford (Coomera River)

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

5 August 2017

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

9 September 2017

Landcare week tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Oxenford (Coomera River)

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

16 September 2017

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

East Coomera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

20 September 2017

Junior Landcare planting

Junior Landcare encourages young people aged 3 -13 to play an active role in caring for the environment.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

14 October 2017

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Coombabah

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

2018

10 March 2018

Junior Landcare planting

Junior Landcare encourages young people aged 3 -13 to play an active role in caring for the environment.

9am-10.30am

Robina

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

17 March 2018

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Burleigh

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

30 March 2018

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Burleigh

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

7 April 2018

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

11 April 2018

Junior Landcare planting

Junior Landcare encourages young people aged 3 -13 to play an active role in caring for the environment.

9am-10.30am

Coomera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

12 Mayl 2018

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537

16 June 2018

Koala tree planting

Help plant food and habitat trees for koalas. You will also discover more about the local koala population and learn how you can take simple measures to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast.

9am-10.30am

Tallebudgera

Bookings required for exact location details.
Phone 07 5581 1537
Email: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Presenter: City of Gold Coast

Cost: Free

Bookings required, phone
07 5581 1537


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Bookings

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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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 linked below.

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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;

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

Follow Patrick’s NaturallyGC adventures and blog.
Website: patsendangeredanimals.com.au
Facebook: facebook.com/envirowarrior


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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