Our top pick of events at this year’s Gold Coast Green Week

Gold Coast Green Week is our city’s flagship environmental event, with an epic program overflowing with workshops, classes, nature experiences and activities – all packed into ten thoroughly information and entertaining days in June.

Now, if we were going to give you the fill rundown, we’d be here until the event finishes. So we thought we’d narrow things down a bit, and highlight nine of our stand out faves from the program instead. You’re welcome.

Green Week Film Screening

This screening introduced two environmental films and their makers; Lin Sutherland from EnvirotravelTV and Green Heroes and specifically Mark Barwick, their film maker. Lin Sutherland is a Gold Coast based nature documentarist with 85 films and documentaries produced for networks around the world. Green Heroes is a local environmental education provider and inspirer and they recently partnered up with Matt Barwick to create a series of short films on wildlife and specifically on wildlife rescue. The screening is held on Monday 7 June at Currumbin RSL, Currumbin.

Catchment Crawl

This is the 5th annual Catchment Crawl hosted by Watergum. Catchment Crawl 2021 will take visitor to the Broadwater for an informative, interactive experience to this natural asset in our City, to learn about some of the great environmental work done to restore habitat and protect native species and to hear from experts.  This event is held on Saturday 12 June in Mainbeach.

National Parks and Ecotourism Forum

This forum, hosted by Gecko Environment Council, brings together 6 expert key note speakers to discuss the issue of increased need for more National Parks in Queensland and the role Ecotourism could or should play within our National Parks. Professor Hugh Possingham, Queensland Chief Scientist is one of the keynote speakers. This event is hosted on Thursday 10 June in Robina Community Centre, Robina.

Sustainability 101 for Parents

Sustainable Schools Network addresses the complex and sometimes hard to approach topic of what exact does ’sustainability’ mean  and where it fits into education. What can the parents do to make their school more sustainable? This workshop is run by the leading organisation in school sustainability and is a must-do for parents and teachers alike. This event is held on Friday 11 June at Gecko House, Currumbin.

Repair Cafe

Hosted by Gold Coast Tool Library, Repair Cafe is an event for local community to get help and learn how to repair and mend household items. The Fixer (volunteer skilled in repairing and mending the items in question) works with the owner to help them repair their item, whilst sharing skills and knowledge in the art of repair. Often this all happens over a cup of coffee or tea! This event is held on Sunday 13 June in Arundel.

Wildlife Artist Workshop

Presented by artist and sculptor Suzi Lucas, this workshop for kids (age5+) focuses on conservation of the beautiful Glossy Black Cockatoo. The locally threatened glossy Black Cockatoo has a very restricted diet, feeding only on the seeds of Casuarina and Allocasuarina trees. These beautiful and gregarious birds rely on tree hollows to nest and raise their young. In this fun and engaging workshop, children work together using elements of the Casuarina tree – sticks, leaves, cones, bark – to make unique natural mandalas. They then have the opportunity to decorate their own specially designed glossy black cockatoo colouring sheet, using watercolour pencils. This event is held on Sunday 13 June in Palm Beach.

Botany Walk at Nerang National Park

The botanical wonder go Nerang National Park is still being discovered and Friends of Nerang National Park needs your help! Join senior ecologist, Paul Revie, on a botany walk through Nerang National Park to help identify plant and animal species on iNaturalist. This data will help further understand the park while teaching attendees about our native flora and fauna. This event is held on 5 June in Nerang.

Beach Clean: Sea Shepherd Australia Marine Debris Campaign

As passionate protectors of the Ocean and advocates for environmental sustainability, Sea Shepherd is hosting a beach clean up as part of their Australia Marine Debris Campaign. The clean up is run at the Spit, one of the most iconic environmental areas in our city. This event is held on Sunday 5 June in Main Beach.

The Wallum Guided Walk

This walk is organised by Friends of Gold Coast Botanical Gardens and will take visitors to Wallum Woodland. This heathland ecosystem once covered much of the local coastal areas before the advent  of agriculture, mining and urbanisation. The disappearing heathlands of the south east coast are represented in the Banksia Woodland.

All events can be accessed and booked via goldcoastgreenweek.com

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