Gliders in the Spotlight: School Holiday Camp

Gliders in the Spotlight: School Holiday Camp

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Blackbraes National Park

Blackbraes National Park

Lyndhurst, QLD 4871


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If you love outdoor adventures and are keen to get involved in real world science, join us for this school holiday camp

About this event

Do you love outdoors adventures? Want to help a vulnerable glider species? Work alongside scientists from JCU to conduct real world science and search for Northern Greater Gliders.

  • Transport and food will be provided
  • Free event
  • All you need to bring is a tent!
  • Prizes on offer
  • Ages 13-18

For more details, get in touch with Marcus:

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government—Engaging Science Grants.

Additional information


The Greater Glider camp is being held in the school holidays from 2-5 July, at the Blackbraes National Park. For more details about the national park, visit


Attendees from the Tablelands area will be picked up by a bus in Atherton (pick up location to be confirmed). Attendees from the Etheridge Shire will be picked up by a bus in Georgetown (pick up location to be confirmed).

The Georgetown bus will then meet the Atherton bus at 40 Miles Scrub, where Atherton attendees will transfer onto the Georgetown bus before heading to Blackbraes National Park.

Camp Area

Campers will set up on the lawn area around the national park’s ranger station, where we will have access to their facilities (toilets and shower). We have also been given permission to use their electricity and freezers for food storage.


Gulf Savannah NRM will provide catering for meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with attendees having to bring snacks for themselves between meals.

Any attendees with specific dietary requirements will be required to bring their own food to the camp.



Day: Travel to Black braes NP on the bus and set up camp.

Night: Our ecologist will host a workshop to:

  • familiarize attendees with the unique habitat of Blackbraes National Park, and the unique and fascinating biology of the Greater Glider.
  • contextualise the threats faced by Greater Gliders and how the current research project will matter.
  • demonstrate and up-skill participants in safe spotlighting techniques, identify the Greater Glider and other key fauna.
  • teach participants how to record scientific data (for the spotlighting surveys).


Day: Daytime activities to be confirmed.

Night: Greater Glider spotlighting Survey 1 – groups will be formed to undertake spotlighting. Spotlighters will record their scientific observations


Day: Daytime activities to be confirmed.

Night: Greater Glider spotlighting Survey 2 – groups will be formed to undertake spotlighting. Spotlighters will record their scientific observations.


Pack up camp and travel home on bus (travel times to be confirmed).

Attendee numbers

The number of attendees will be capped at 15 (including guardians – refer below). Preference will be given to attendees from the Etheridge Shire (as per our funding agreement).

However, there will be at least 7 places reserved for attendees and guardians from the Tablelands area.

Note: The allocation number of Tablelands attendees will be increased if there are less than 8 registrations from the Etheridge shire by 17th June.

Supervision & Guardianship

There will be at least 4 Gulf Savannah NRM staff attending the camp to facilitate the event.

However, Gulf Savannah NRM staff are not considered as guardians for attendees.

We require a ratio of 1 guardian per 4 teenage attendees.

Some parents or guardian of the teenage attendees are encouraged to attend to meet this requirement and should register as a guardian when registering.

What to bring

Campers will be required to bring their own tents and camping gear (e.g., sleeping bag). If campers have a good torch, they are encouraged to bring their own. We can provide a suitable torch for those who do not have one.


  • Participants under the age of 18 years of age require the consent of a parent or legal guardian to attend. If a legal guardian is not in attendance during the event they are required to nominate another adult who will be present to act as guardian for the duration.
  • Gulf Savannah NRM staff are not able to act as guardians for youth participants.
  • Parents must nominate a contact phone number where they will be contactable for the duration of the event.
  • If youth become unwell during the camp, or fail to meet the behaviour and health and safety expectations set out in the camp rules, parents may be required to come and collect their children from site. This will be at your own expense.
  • In case of emergency, every effort will be made to contact parents, however in the event they cannot be contacted and medical treatment is required, you consent to Gulf Savannah NRM staff obtaining medical treatment for your child and following the advice of medical professionals.


Participants who display Covid symptoms will not be able to attend. Recent close contacts of confirmed Covid cases should not attend. Anyone who becomes unwell during the course of the event will be required to isolate and may need to be collected from site, at the discretion of the organizers. Hand sanitiser and masks will be available. It is strongly recommended that tents are limited to members of a single family to reduce the likelihood of transmission of any infectious diseases.

Camp Rules

  • Respectful behaviour at all times
  • No swearing, bullying or violence
  • Youth must follow the directions of supervising adults
  • No youth to leave the campsite unless instructed and accompanied by an adult
  • No knives, matches, lighters or aerosol cans to be brought by youth
  • No drugs or alcohol (except prescription medications which must be kept in the possession of an adult)
  • All participants will care for the environment, plants and animals
  • All Park rules must be observed
  • No open fires
  • Shoes to be worn at all times outside the tents
  • Hats and sunsafe clothing required during the day. Long pants and sturdy shoes are strongly recommended to protect against snake bite.