An Environmental Celebration

WED Flyer (back)Saturday June 7th is when we’ll be celebrating World Environment Day at the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary.   WED is a primary tool that the United Nations (UN) uses to stimulate global awareness of our environment and to encourage political attention and action.

There will *Speakers *Sculptors *Musicians and *Art Installations happening throughout the day and on this day only, entry will be open to the public FREE OF CHARGE –  gold coin donations will be accepted.  Information on the speakers is listed below.  Visitors will have the opportunity to learn and try a range of activities such as:

  • Sculptors will be demonstrating various skills  – learn to make artworks for your garden and find out about outdoor courses and workshops combining art and nature.
  • Whistle Hill Studios will be conducting their “which woods what woods”  about Australian Trees and their use in instrument-making  ….and music workshops will be held over the weekend
  • A Taste of The Bush – Emilia Krumm – local sculptor/restauranteur will be talking about the creation of artworks and artists on display in the Forest. With an Italian background, a love of fine organic food and the slow food movement Emilia left her restaurant in South Africa to start a family in Australia and she returns to her culinary and sculptural passions.  { Join this women in FOT for future artist talks and high teas.}
  • On display are a range of artworks from local artists and the installation artist Irene Anton from Berlin.

ENVIRONMENTAL SPEAKERS for World Environment Day

INSECTS with Jeannie Lawson
Well-known local naturalist, Jeannie Lawson, will share her passion for the tiny life of the Forest and explain just how important they are in the eco-system. This hands-on talk will give you the opportunity to see bugs in a different light.

RAINFOREST PLANTS with Deidrie Jinks
Deidrie has been involved with the Sydney Rainforest Nursery for many years. She will share her experience and dedication to our rainforest species in a presentation designed to inspire the protection of our native plants. She will also have plants to sell, as well as some of her delicious native jams.

RAINFOREST BIRDS with Chris Herbert
Chris is a retired geologist who now spends his time researching native birds. As a member of the Hunter Bird Observers Club he records the movements of migratory shorebirds in the Hunter region and has published many papers. He will share his wealth of knowledge with us with a walk and talk to discover our local birdlife.

BUSH FOODS & MEDICINES with Jeannie Lawson
As well as being a passionate naturalist, Jeannie is also a qualified herbalist and can point out many of the rainforest plants that can be of use to us. This workshop is a journey back through time when the bush was all you had to provide food, shelter and medicines.

FUNGI WALK with Pam O’Sullivan
Pam has been our Central Coast fungi guru for many years. She has a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for this little-known facet of the Forest eco-system. Her walk will allow you to discover these colourful and exotic organisms. You will be amazed at how many you will find.

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