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Go green with NaturallyGC.  City of Gold Coast's NaturallyGC Program has some great activities running throughout the year.

The NaturallyGC workshops are free sessions designed for educating people interested in exploring our unique and diverse Gold Coast environment.  The workshops cover a range of topics including botanical drawing, sustainable gardening, guided bushwalks to learning all about reptiles, frogs and native bees.


Bookings are essential. Places are strictly limited and we are not able to accommodate people who turn up on the day. The group sizes are set for optimum education and learning. Call Natural Areas from Monday to Friday on (07) 5581 1521 or email namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au to book your spot.  Please note: All bookings for 2014 workshops do not open until 1st November.

To view the new 2013 / 2014 NaturallyGC program please click here (PDF 162KB)


Wetland Frogs
Presenter - ddwfauna, environmental consultancy

Experts will guide you along the Melaleuca broadwalk, finding and identifying the many frog species that inhabit the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area.  Learn about the differences between native frogs and the cane toad,  what frogs eat and where they live.  This is traditionally breeding season so be prepared to hear a range of calls.  Don't forget to bring a torch.

Activity suitable for ages 8 and above.

When:    Saturday 22 February 2014
Where:   Coombabah
Time:      7pm to 8.30pm
 

Geology of the Gold Coast
Presenter - Warwick Willmott, Geologist and Author

Come long and learn about our ancient landscape and the geological processes that have shaped the Gold Coast region.  Discuss different rock types, how they influence the landscape and the vegetation that it supports.  Enjoy a hands on activity as we identify rock samples.  Feel free to bring some of your own to be examined.

Activity suitable for ages 12 and above.

When:    Saturday 8 March 2014
Where:   Carrara
Time:      9am to 1.30pm


Sustainable Gardening
Presenter - City of Gold Coast

Come along to this workshop and learn all about sustainable gardening.  Learn how to recycle your waste through composting, worm farming and bokashi bins.  Discover techniques to save water and create the ideal conditions in your garden for your plants to thrive.

Activity suitable for ages 8 and above.

When:    Saturday 12 April 2014
Where:   Southport
Time:     10am to 12pm
 

Native Stingless Bees
Presenter - Tim Heard, CSIRO

Australian native bees can be many colours of black, yellow, red metallic green or even black with blue polka dots.  They can be fat and furry, or sleek and shiny.  Native bees are also key pollinators of Australia's unique wildflowers and are a critical part of our Australian bushland.

Activity is not suitable for children.

When:    Saturday 3 May 2014
Where:   Carrara
Time:      9.30am to 3.30pm


Bush Tucker
Presenter - Jan Sinclair, Mother Nature's Bush Tucker

Come along and learn how to identify, grow and use native bush foods in your garden and everyday cooking.  Be inspired by our presenters for everything 'bush tucker' and knowledge of traditional medicinal plant uses.

Activity suitable for ages 12 and above.

When:    Saturday 17 May 2014
Where:   Robina
Time:     9am to 11am


Botanical Illustration for beginners
Presenter - Narell Neville

This class introduces participants to techniques in botanical drawing.  Come along and develop drawing skills, learn to mix and use watercolours effectively and create work using fresh material from the garden.

Activity is not suitable for children.

When:    Saturday 7 June 2014
Where:   Benowa
Time:     9.30am to 2.30pm


Guided Bush Walk - Springbrook
This walk starts on Springbrook plateau, and traverses part of The Great Walk Track into a section of Numinbah Conservation Area.  Take in the sights and sounds as we pass through subtropical rainforest, we sclerophyll and tall eucalypt forest.  Learn about the site history of this ecologically significant area and the plants and animals that call it home.  This is a challenging walk with a good level of fitness required.

Activity suitable for ages 12 and above.

When:    Saturday 14 June 2014
Where:   Springbrook
Time:      9am to 1pm

Please note: Bookings are essential. Places are strictly limited and we are not able to accommodate people who turn up on the day. The group sizes are set for optimum education and learning. Call Natural Areas from Monday to Friday on (07) 5581 1521 or email namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au to book your spot.
 

 

For further information on our key programs and works, follow the links below. 

NaturallyGC program Beaches to Bushland - Volunteer Restoration Program

Natural Areas Management Plans Bushwalking

Bushland restoration Environmental weeds

Bushfire Management Community Planting Days


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