THINGS TO DO: Best local eco events

21 May 2017

We live in a beautiful part of the world, with some spectacular flora and fauna. Whether you want to help it to keep looking its best, or find out more about the wonders of the natural environment we engage with every day, these local eco events will inspire, educate and help protect our local landscape.

Bushtucker Tasting Table Demonstration and Growing Bushtucker Workshop

May 20, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve has undergone a huge renovation and now has lots more to offer visitors. It also host a great range of events, including the Bushtucker Tasting Table! Dale Chapman, chef and Kooma/Yuwaalaraay woman from South West Queensland, will demonstrate how to cook her favorite bushtucker snack and familiarise participants with local bushtucker ingredients. Local native plant expert Karen Shaw will also explain how to grow some of these ingredients in your own backyard. Details here

Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Open Day

May 28, Various locations

Following the success of the inaugural event last year, dozens of botanical gardens across Australia and New Zealand will be holding open days on May 28. Those in our region taking part include the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, and Noosa Botanic Gardens. Enjoy guided walks, talks with the experts, tips on planting, children’s nature trails and more. Check the website to see what’s going on in your local botanic garden. Details here

Green Heart Fair

June 4, Seventh Brigade Park, Chermside

Visit Brisbane’s biggest bi-annual sustainability festival! Enjoy the activities and family fun throughout the day, while learning how to live more sustainably. Highlights include cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, rock climbing, recycling workshops, native plant giveaways, live music and a handcrafted artisan market. + READ MORE

Compost and Worm Farm Workshop

July 30, Gabba Hill Community Garden, 2 Fleurs Street, Woolloongabba

This free community workshop for all ages will explore how to use worms to turn kitchen and garden waste into rich compost to feed your plants. Wear a hat and closed-in shoes. Morning tea is included. Bookings are essential. Details here

Kids in Action Conference

September 1, Lake Kawana Community Centre

Kids Teaching Kids uses environmental issues as a way of learning. There are events taking place all over the country, with the Sunshine Coast hosting a Kids in Action Conference at Kawana. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Relationships Matter’. Schoolchildren from across the region will present a workshop to their peers and take part in lots of hands-on activities. Winners of the Kid’s Choice presentation awards will present their workshop to other schools after the event. Details here

The Planting Festival

May 4 to 6, 2018, Woodfordia

The Planting Festival play a huge part in ensuring the upkeep and sustainability of Woodfordia, home to the famous Woodford Folk Festival each year. At each Planting Festival, over 100,000 trees are planted during three days in May, and attendees can also enjoy educational talks and activities, as well as cultural events. You can camp for the duration of the event, whether in your own tent or one provided by the on-site Tent Motel. Details here

Meet Ocean Creatures at Boondall Wetlands

Every Sunday, 31 Paperbark Drive, Boondall

This engaging and interactive activity will teach children about marine creatures. They will come face to face with some sea-dwelling animals and discover more about them. They will also explore some treasures of the sea shore and get a chance to touch some of the animals. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Details here

Beach Clean Ups

Every month (dates vary, see website for details), SEALIFE Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba

Join staff from SEALIFE Sunshine Coast to clean up popular Mooloolaba Beach. Meet out the front of the centre at 7.30am. Gloves and grabbers will be provided. Details here

BeachCare

Regular events in various locations on the Gold Coast

Thanks to the Griffith Centre of Coastal Management, Gold Coast locals can help preserve the natural environment in which they live by taking part in BeachCare events. Help plant native dune species, remove weeds and collect litter. These events take place across many Gold Coast beaches – see website for locations and dates. Details here. 

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Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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