Other Events

We periodically run walks for members, community planting days and support the events of other community groups in the region.

Check back soon for our list of upcoming events.

Big Scrub Schools Education Program

September – November 2023

Kicking off In September is our new educational project in the region’s schools, funded by Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy and Rekindle Foundation. The project will offer hundreds of local primary-aged kids the opportunity not only to to learn about the rainforest, but a chance help bring it back.

First up, in coming weeks hundreds of students at nine schools from Main Arm to the Channon will get their hands dirty during short and fun seed propagation workshops. Those workshops will be delivered with help from staff at the Firewheel Rainforest Nursery.

The workshops are very much hands-on, and students will get to propagate native seeds and pot-up baby seedlings destined for future tree-plantings. Some of the seeds will include Banksias, Black beans and Ooray fruit, formerly known as Davidson Plums.

Some of the students from the workshops will then go on to attend a very special day at Rocky Creek Dam in late November, being produced with help from Rous County Council. The day will include a rainforest tree-planting and walks in the regenerated rainforest around the dam with ecologist guides.

The workshops, walks and plantings this Spring are potentially part of a 5-year project. The vision is to embed a seamless cycle of propagation, plantings, and ecological restoration into the life of school students in the region. The aim is to enrich student experience of, and love for, the rainforest known as the Big Scrub.

The project draws on a lot of similar environmental education work that has been happening in the region for decades, as the colonial led destruction has moved into times of ecological restoration, and the planting of millions of rainforest trees.

Its also based on the Regeneration initiative, involving a successful and popular series of school workshops and school plantings that took place during 2022-2023, funded by the NSW Government.

The new project builds on that work, with new educational materials, including a pre-workshop worksheet, shiny new posters featuring key rainforest trees, and a wonderful new map of the Big Scrub remnants from artist Mike Finch.

If you would like to know more about the project, to donate or engage with it, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. Dr Ray Moynihan is coordinating the new schools project with Deb Noble. For more information contact Ray at raymoynihan@bond.edu.au

Highlights from the Archive

Relive highlights from the past by watching the short films from our keynote presentations below.