Forum bookings open

September 9, 2021 BY

City of Greater Geelong's Donna Smithyman and Geelong Field Naturalist Club's Craig Morley have been working on plans for this month's Geelong Nature Forum.

BOOKINGS are open for this month’s Geelong Nature Forum, themed “Where the Rivers Run”, but the wide range of activities planned will be subject to restrictions.

An expanded, week-long program of presentations, displays and nature-based activities are planned, kicking off on Saturday, September 25 with a green-spine guided walk starting at Johnstone Park.

The National Wool Museum will act as the central base for the week-long event, showcasing an art installation, photography exhibition, community group displays and a speaker series.

There are also more than 10 outdoor activities across the region including the Ocean Grove Foreshore, Eastern Beach, Moorabool River, Barwon River, Brisbane Ranges and Sparrovale Wetlands.

Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher said the forum was all about celebration, connection and education.

“The events and activities will provide fun and enjoyable ways for people to engage with our natural wonders,” Cr Asher said.

“They are accessible and open to all levels of knowledge, with hosts ready to share their expertise.

“You can learn more about our local waterways and the diverse wildlife that calls it home.

“And you can not only connect with nature, but also the community volunteer groups who work to protect and enhance our environment.

“We hope the forum will inspire everyone to follow their curiosity and discover the surprising, the colourful and the exciting natural environments on our doorstep.”

Environmental portfolio chair Cr Jim Mason said outdoor activities included a Community Planting Day along the Moorabool River, at Fyansford; a platypus search at the Waurn Ponds Creek; and walk and talk tours of Sparrovale Wetlands, Begola Wetlands at Ocean Grove and the Brisbane Ranges.

“The free educational and scenic field trips encourage people to explore in their local area and learn more about our rich natural assets,” Cr Mason said.

The event is organised by the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Field Naturalists Club, Friends of the Barwon and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and sponsored by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and Barwon Water.

Program information, subject to COVID-19 restrictions, and a link for bookings can be found on the city’s website.

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