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The Connecting Country Education Program is on Again!

Posted on 21 December, 2012 by Connecting Country

Connecting Country Education Program will be on once again from February to April next year. The 2013 program has the theme ‘learning from experience & learning from each other’.  As such, each event will include a local perspective on the issue at hand as well as presentations by experts.

It’s shaping up to be a diverse and interesting program and that we hope you’ll find enjoyable, inspiring, and of course – educational.


The program will include the following events:

Sunday 10 February
Dja Dja Wurrung ‘Welcome to Country’ &
Local Reptiles – From the Backyard to the Bush
This Sunday afternoon event will launch of the 2013 Education Program with a Welcome to Country from the  Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corportation.
Following the welcome, Peter Johnson (Senior Biodiversity Planner with DSE)  will give a talk on local reptiles, including some that we don’t often get to see.

Sunday 17 February & Sunday 24 February
Forest Soils Workshop: The Science, Management & History of our Local Soils.

This workshop will be held over two consecutive Sundays. The first day will be on general soil science and classification, including simple methods of identifying and describing different soil types. The second day will focus on soil management and the history of soil in the Mount Alexander region since European settlement.
Cost: $10 per person (for whole workshop)
Places limited

Friday 1 March
Nature Discovery Afternoon for Kids
This special family event will include three nature discovery sessions for kids aged 9 – 12 yrs in the beautiful surrounds of Vaughan Springs. Book soon to be part of this fun and educational afternoon which will finish with a barbeque dinner.
Vaughan Springs
Places limited

Wednesday 13 March
Geoff Carr: The Environmental Weed Catastrophe
Geoff Carr, founding Director of Ecosystems Australia and Vice President of the national Invasive Species Council board will be giving his thoughts on environmental weeds and our response to them. His talk will be followed by local Wheel Cactus Warrior, Ian Grenda, who will share his experience successfully of managing Wheel Cactus in the Maldon district.

Wednesday 10 April (Date to be confirmed)
Designing a Wildlife Corridor: What Works & Why?
Join us for an evening discussion about wildlife corridors; find out what works and why. An expert wildlife ecologist will be joined by organisers of the successful ‘Superb Parrot Project’. They will share their experience and knowledge from 20 years of creating wildlife corridors in northern Victoria. This event is jointly presented by Connecting Country and the North Central CMA’s Kyneton Woodlands project.

Sunday 28 April
Connecting Country Bus Tour: What Does Successful Landscape Restoration Look Like?
Join Connecting Country staff on a facilitated bus tour of three properties that are undergoing landscape restoration. This will be a great opportunity to hear what landholders have to say about the work they’re doing on their properties and perhaps see what might be possible on your place.
Places limited

Keep a watch on the Connecting Country website early in 2013 for further details about times, locations, speakers.  There will also be registration details for those events with limited places.

Participants enjoying lunch at a 2012 Connecting Country education event

Participants enjoying lunch at a 2012 Connecting Country education event

Connecting Country’s 2013 Education events are part of our ‘Yellow Box Woodland’ project. The project is funded through the North Central Catchment Management Authority by the Caring for our Country Initiative and the Natural Resources Investment Program.


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