Education

Earthwatch's 'Conserving Koala Country'

From 2 April - 3 June, 2011

Traverse the Great Otway National Park while conducting valuable research on koala habitats to understand the impact of climate change on their population and behaviour. During this Earthwatch Institute Australia expedition, volunteers will get the chance to work closely with koalas and be involved in all aspects of the research including:

* Capturing and handling koalas under close supervision of an experienced catcher/handler.
* Radio tracking Koala observations.
* Tree measurements.
* Habitat assessments.
* Scat search, collection, and preparation of samples for analysis.
* Deployment of cameras, downloading and viewing images.
* Spotlighting for animals at night.

Where: Otway National Park, Southern Western regions of Victoria (along the Great Ocean Road), Australia.
When: Various dates over 10 days: 27 April - 6 May; 14 - 23 September; 19 - 28 October, 2011.
Cost: $2,700 (includes accommodation and meals), with the fee going towards valuable conservation research.
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Earth Day

22 April, 2011

For over 40 years, Earth Day has inspired and mobilised groups of people into grassroots action to show their dedication to environmental protection and sustainability. It is now the world’s largest environmental service project. You can work out your impact on their Footprint Calculator on their website, and this year, the ‘A Billion Acts of Green®’ campaign aims to get closer to one billion registered actions before the Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.

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The Coral Sea: Our Ocean Paradise Photo Exhibition

From 15 March - 9 April, 2011

Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns will host some incredible underwater photography in the exhibition ‘Our Coral Sea: An Underwater Paradise’. The iconic beauty of the Coral Sea has been captured in this 25-piece exhibition of works by Jürgen Freund, Mark Spencer, Xanthe Rivett, Nicola Temple, Tyrone Canning and Lucy Trippett.

Where: Various venues in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.
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Smart Energy Expo - Newcastle

19 & 20th March, 2011

Hosted by Climate Action Newcastle, the Smart Energy Expo is in its 4th year and has become the premiere event in the region showcasing a wide range of products, services, and activities for us all to combat climate change and transition our communities to a truly renewable energy economy. At the Expo you will find answers and solutions for a lot those projects you’ve been putting off around the home like solar hot water, insulation, smart lighting solutions, composting and worm farming, native plant gardening, as well as renewable energy solutions for your home. Also on hand will be a range of electric bicycles, advice on sustainable building design, and a number of local community groups actively promoting and working for a truly sustainable future for all of us.

Where: Newcastle City Hall & Wheeler Place.
When: 9am to 4pm, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March.
Cost: Free!
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Earth Hour

26 March, 2011

At 8.30pm on Saturday 26 March, we’ll once again witness the largest voluntary action in our history – over one billion people worldwide simply switching off the lights. This Australian movement has taken the world by storm over the last four years. This year, participants are being asked what they’re doing to take initiative beyond the hour. Don’t forget to register at www.earthhour.org.

Where: Worldwide.
Cost: Free to participate!
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WWD

World Water Day

22 March, 2011

Today 493 million people share their sanitation facilities, up from 259 million in 1990. This global UN event focusses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Events range from a ‘Walk for Water’ in India to waste management and recycling sessions in Bulgaria. To see what’s planned in Australia, visit www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.

Where: Worldwide.
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Seaweek

6 - 12 March

Seaweek is the Marine Education Society of Australasia’s (MESA) major national public awareness campaign to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of the sea. This year's theme is "Spotlight on Marine Science". This profiles marine science endeavours exploring the earth’s least understood habitat, the marine environments of the world. The theme also provides a focus for students in schools and for communities to inform and inspire them about the significance and value of research on marine and coastal environments. Through a spotlight on the work of scientists we can learn more our marine environment to understand its complex ecosystems and become better equipped to preserve it.

Where: Across Australia.
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Ride2School

National Ride2School Day

16 March
Colour, excitement and thousands of bikes! Get your kids involved in Australia’s largest celebration of riding and walking to school. Walking or riding to school is often quicker and more enjoyable than being driven, plus it’s a great way to stay fit. Here’s a chance for brand new bike riders to experience walking and riding to school for the first time. After gaining confidence, why not keep the momentum going all year?

Where: Across Australia.
Cost: Free!
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Sustainable Living Festival

Sustainable Living Festival

12 - 27 February

Over 122,000 visitors attended Australia's oldest and largest sustainability festival last year. This year's program has been extended to reach the streets and the suburbs. Don't miss the Big Weekend event in Federation Square, which showcases the best solutions in ecological and social sustainability.

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne, Vic.
Cost: Free entry into Federation Square, but a donation is encouraged. See the website for date/time and pricings for ticketed side events.
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Mark Culleton

O'Reilly's 'Birds of Prey' Flight Show

1 - 1:30pm daily until February, 2011

Exciting news with the launch of our brand new 'Birds of Prey' flight bird show featuring famous birdman, Mark Culleton, just in time for the Christmas school holidays. See owls, falcons and eagles in free flight as they perform amazing displays of aerial acrobatics. Get up close and personal with the stars of the show, plus other native Australian animals including quolls, crocodiles and snakes. The 30 minute show runs daily at O'Reilly's and is an amazing experience for the whole family!

Where: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland, Qld.
Cost: Adults $15; children (aged 4 - 12) $8.
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