Bellarine and Geelong

Environmental Volunteering Calendar

Coastal Discovery Stall - 10am - 3pm

Visit the Coastal Discovery Stall at the Barwon Heads Playground along Flinders Parade this January to explore the wonders of the coast - from the local Hooded Plovers, the creatures found in our rockpools as well as how to get involved in local environmental groups. Explore the table-top beachcomb, pick up some brochure so or do a colouring in!

Beach and Bush Detectives - 12pm - 1:30pm

Explore the amazing wonders of the local coastline and surrounding bushland vegetation with this interactive, hands-on activity where you can explore, touch, identify and learn about plants and animals. This activity is aimed at both children and adults so all are welcome. Adults need to accompany children under 12. There are limited spots available so please register.

What's involved: Local environment groups will be facilitating a tabletop beachcomb, craft and other activities at this stall from 10am - 3pm. Then, from 12pm - 1:30pm, registered participants will go on a bush and beach detectives activities lead by experienced staff, looking for creatures and artefacts along the shoreline. Participants can pick up educational resources such as posters, brochures and more at this stall, find out about the local environment groups and understand more about local coastal treasures and issues.

Please BYO: hat, sunscreen, water and booties or enclosed shoes like sneakers (no flip flops or sandals). It is suggested to wear bathers or shorts if intending to enter the water.

Access: Parking can be difficult at this time of year, so you may want to leave extra time to find a park. Walk into the Barwon Heads Playground at Frank Ellis Reserve, Barwon Heads, and look for the Bellarine Catchment Network marquee and tables. This activity will be run along the shoreline, but we may be able to accommodate wheelchairs - please get in contact. The event will be run in English but please contact us if you require support as we work to accommodate everyone.

Note: Please do not attend if you are unwell. This event is also subject to weather conditions and will be postponed if weather is not safe or unfavourable. All participants will be notified 24 hours before.

This stall is supported by Barwon Coast and the 'Bush and Beach Detectives' activity is supported by Coastcare Victoria via their Summer By The Sea program. For more information, please email us at info@bcn.org.au or visit www.environmentbellarine.org.au

Bellarine Catchment Network acknowledges the Wadawurrung; Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their ability, cultural background, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, intersex status or sexual orientation.

Join us for a unique river clean-up experience along the scenic Barwon River, celebrating Mangrove Month. Explore the tranquil riverbanks and protect the habitat of magnificent shorebirds. After a delightful light lunch, dive into the litter collection effort to clear plastic waste from the pristine shores of this serene riverside location. Families, kids, and all are welcome! Join this vital conservation endeavour to clean-up our waterways and make a positive impact.

** Key Highlights ** Protect mangroves through hands-on clean-up. Free refreshments and exploration of the stunning Barwon River. 🐟🐠🌳Don't miss this opportunity to participate in this community driven event and contribute to mangrove conservation. 🌳🐠🐟

Immerse in well-being and biodiversity awareness at Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve, in conjunction with Parks Victoria. Craft seed bombs and cards with sustainable designer Emma Grace, filled with native plants to enhance biodiversity. Engage in a therapeutic weeding session for relaxation and nature connection. Focus on RAMSAR habitats supporting migratory birds and local Bellarine wildlife. Open to families and all ages, come support yourself and nature!

** Key Highlights ** Get outdoors and immerse your mind in nature. Free seed bombs & cards to take home for your garden. Explore stunning beach views at Edwards Point Reserve. Free morning tea & light lunch. 🌿🌸 Take a step towards well-being and conservation. Nurture your mental health, and contribute to a brighter, greener future 🌸🌿 Contact ledwards@cva.org.au for enquiries.

Discover the captivating world of the critically endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot at Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve alongside Parks Victoria Rangers. Immerse yourself in an educational session led by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, experts dedicated to safeguarding this bird's habitat. Learn about the parrot's migratory journey, explore Edwards Point and its vital saltmarsh-wetland ecosystem, and make a direct impact through a hands-on weeding activity. Together, we can protect this species and its habitat for a brighter future.

** Key Highlights ** Educational session by Corangamite Catchment Management Authority. Habitat exploration at Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve. Guided hands-on weeding activity for habitat restoration. Free lunch and morning tea. 🦜🌎 All are welcome! Register now to be part of our Orange-Bellied Parrot conservation endeavour 🌎🦜 Contact ledwards@cva.org.au for enquiries.

Join us for a day of wetland rehabilitation at Murtnaghurt Lagoon, adjoining Lake Connewarre. This culturally significant area for Wadawurrung Traditional Owners provides important feeding and breeding habitat for native fish and a number of wetland-dependent bird species, including rare and endangered flora and fauna.

Together with Parks Victoria rangers we will be hosting a day of weed extraction where volunteers can actively help preserve and protect this important wetland. Followed by a morning tea and the opportunity to explore and survey the stunning flora and fauna that call this area home.

Registration essential.

Join us at Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve to help restore the last remaining stand of coastal woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula. We're teaming up with the Friends of Edwards Point and Parks Victoria for a day of weeding, followed by morning tea and the chance to explore and beautiful beach side location.

The Two Bays Lookout provides visitors with breath taking views of both Port Phillip and Swan Bay, where you can discover remote beaches that are home to resident and migratory wader birds. The reserve is a Ramsar site and an international flyway, making it an incredibly significant location to protect and conserve.

Please register for more details.

Celebrate National Tree Day with us and join our Tree Planting Event. Help restore the private land around Lake Connewarre, a remarkable site that backs onto one of Victoria's most significant wetlands. Together, we can make a positive impact to increase natural habitats for our native birds.

Participate in a native flora and tree planting blitz, followed by a morning tea and a site tour of the stunning lakeside property. We'll also have a look out for native birds around the site so bring your binoculars and enjoy the beautiful scenery. All ages are welcome, bring the family and have a fun day out!

Register for exact location. Registration essential.

Join Conservation Volunteers Australia for a unique volunteering opportunity at our NAIDOC Celebration Day, located at Taits Point, overlooking Lake Connewarre. This wetland location is a RAMSAR site for migratory birds and holds important ecological and cultural significance, particularly to indigenous ancestors.

We will begin the day with a smoking ceremony, Welcome to Country, and cultural education session provided by the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Corp. Afterward, volunteers will enjoy a bush tucker themed morning tea and tasting, and have the opportunity to explore the parkland. Don't miss this chance to connect with the community and honor the cultural history of Lake Connewarre.

Hope to see you there!

Come and join us for an exciting opportunity to help restore the ecosystem surrounding Lake Connewarre! This magnificent wetland, home to migratory birds and other native fauna, is in need of our help to maintain its biodiversity.

We will be participating in a massive tree planting event, where you will have the chance to get your hands dirty and plant native flora. After the planting, enjoy a delicious lunch provided by our gracious landholders, and take the opportunity to explore the surrounding property. 

Join us for a community event at Moonah Park and the Barwon River to help protect our oceans! We're hosting a rubbish removal blitz and microplastics survey to clean up our local park and help collect data for CSIRO. Let's work together to seize any opportunity to clean up our local environment and protect the health of our oceans.

Our special guest, Deidre from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) will talk about litter pollution and it's negative impact on our oceans, surrounding wetlands, and adjoining mangrove habitats. We will participate in the water quality test as per the estuary watch program for the adjoining Barwon River. All ages are welcome, and morning tea will be provided.

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