Geelong Nature Forum 2020 - Opening Event

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National Wool Museum

26 Moorabool Street

Geelong, VIC 3220


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The Geelong Nature Forum is back bigger and better for 2020 with the theme 'Where The Rivers Run'.

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Click here to see the full list of Nature Forum events.

The Geelong Nature Forum is a week of activities celebrating the animal and plant life of the Geelong region’s rivers, creeks and wetlands and the volunteer groups who help look after them.

This year's Forum will kick off at the National Wool Museum on Saturday 28 March with a series of fascinating lectures, presentations and exhibits. Entrance to the National Wool Museum will be free on 28 March - a great opportunity for visitors to also explore other museum exhibitions, including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition!

Join us for the opening day on Saturday 28 March, for these wonderful free activities:

Nature displays: Showcasing the amazing work volunteer groups and environmental agencies do to look after and promote our waterways and wildlife.

Workshops: Held in the Craft Room of the National Wool Museum, each will go for 30 minutes and have a maximum of 25 participants. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL at the links below.

Workshop 1 - Start 11am: Gardens for Wildlife - Lachlan Forbes, Bellarine Catchment Network - click here to book and for more information

Workshop 2 - Start 1 pm: Water Watch - Deirdre Murphy, CCMA - click here to book and for more information

Workshop 3 -Start 2 pm: ClimateWatch - Nadiah Roslan, EarthWatch - click here to book and for more information

Workshop 4 - Start 3 pm: Wildlife Photography - Geoff Gates, GFNC - click here to book and for more information

Presentations: Local experts and volunteers talk about the amazing diversity of life we have in our rivers and wetland ecosystems - full program below.


In addition to the festivities on 28 March, this year there will be many associated nature activities running until 3 April. You can see the full list here.


Here is the speaking program for the main event of the Forum:

Plenary and Introduction Session

0900 Opening and viewing of Exhibition space

1000 Introduction and Welcome to Country

1015 Rivers and Land, Traditional Owners Perspective - Melinda Kennedy, Wadawurrung

Session 1:

1050 Overview of projects protecting our rivers and waterways - John Riddiford, CEO Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA)

1120 Significant wetland birds of Geelong (The Alphabet Bird Project) - Craig Morley, Geelong Field Naturalist Club (GFNC)

1140 Sparrovale wetlands, a new environment in an urban area - Donna Smithyman, City of Greater Geelong

Session 2:

1300 Healthy Upper Barwon and Biodiversity richness - Lachlan Gordon, Friends of the Barwon

1320 Environmental values, Dooliebeal Reserve Armstrong Creek - Heather Threadgold, Deakin Uni

1340 Reptiles and Frogs of the Geelong region - Guy Dutson, GFNC

Session 3:

1440 Brisbane Ranges-the source of the Sutherland, Little River and Howells Creeks Colin Cook, Friends of Brisbane Ranges

1500 Waurn Ponds Creek, an Urban Treasure, community engagement - Rhonda Kelly, Friends of Waurn Ponds Creek

1520 City Nature Challenge BioBlitz - Rod Lowther, GFNC

1540 Volunteering for Nature, Outline of upcoming events in April - Jeanette Spittle, City of Greater Geelong

1600 Community Q&A/ Panel Discussion

1620 Thanks to speakers and presentations close


The Geelong Nature Forum is a joint initiative, led by the Geelong Field Naturalists Club and the City of Greater Geelong, sponsored by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and Barwon Water, and made possible thanks to the dedication of our local nature volunteer groups.

The Forum would not be able to go ahead if it wasn't for the tireless work of our amazing volunteer groups and the support of our partner organisations. Below is a list of nature groups and agencies participating in the Geelong Nature Forum 2020.

Arthur Rylah Institute l Barwon Estuary Project l Bellarine Catchment Network l Conservation Volunteers Australia l Corangamite Catchment Management Authority l Deakin University l Earthwatch l Friends of Brisbane Ranges l Friends of Buckley Falls l Friends of Cowies Creek l Friends of Edwards Point l Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve l Friends of the Barwon l Friends of the Plover Bellarine l Friends of Waurn Ponds Creek l Geelong Environment Council Inc l Geelong Intrepid Landcare l Geelong Landcare Network l Geelong Sustainability Group l Gordon Tafe l Koala Clancy Foundation l Ocean Grove Coastcare l Parks Victoria l Surf Coast Inland Plains Network l Trust for Nature l Upper Barwon Landcare Network

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National Wool Museum

26 Moorabool Street

Geelong, VIC 3220


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