Events calendar

The EstuaryWatch and Waterwatch programs host community events throughout the year. Check out our calendar of events to see what’s on near you.

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Events in April 2019

Werribee River Waterbug Sampling Day Werribee Historic Mansion K Road, Werribee Mansion, Werribee.

Saturday 6th
10:00am - 3:00pm

The Werribee River Association is seeking volunteers to help map the water quality of the Werribee River and Skeleton Creek.

To get involved with this exciting citizen science project, register to attend this training day and learn techniques in macroinvertebrate sampling and identification as used in the Waterwatch Waterbug Census. As a volunteer you will assist the Werribee River Association with monitoring aquatic macroinvertebrates, often on weekdays.

The training day is jointly run by freshwater ecologist Dr Teresa Mackintosh from Werribee River Association and Waterwatch. The findings of the project will inform management plans for pollution reduction. Volunteers will receive ongoing support and training from Teresa.

Lunch and all equipment is provided on the day. Please wear enclosed shoes, long pants and clothing suitable for field work (rain coat, hats, etc). Bring your own water bottle.

To register, please email: teresa.mackintosh@werribeeriver.org.au or call Teresa on 0432 478 033.

Contact: Werribee River Association


Diamond Creek Catchment Crawl Meet at Diamond Creek Netball Courts, Diamond St, Diamond Creek.

Sunday 7th
10:00am - 1:00pm

Join us for a leisurely bike ride along Diamond Creek to discover what creatures call it home!  Jump on your bike for a fun, family-friendly ride. Learn about platypus in Diamond Creek, discover the frogs that call local waterways home, be entertained by a live performance from Mrs Ticklebottom at Edendale Farm and enjoy a free lunch! Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times.

IMPORTANT: Please bring your own bike and helmet. 

Bookings essential.

Contact: Melbourne Water | Phone: 131722


Explore awesome Aitken Creek by bike Craigieburn Gardens Carpark, Craigieburn

Sunday 7th
10:00am - 1:00pm

Come join MCMC Waterwatch and the Ecological Restoration Team for an easy bike ride exploring Aitken Creek and testing out the new Aitken Creek tour app!  Discover some beautiful wetlands and grasslands along the way.  Learn more about the ecological health of Aitken Creek when we stop to test the creek’s health, look for frogs, water bugs and other critters that live in the Awesome Aitken followed by a picnic lunch (please advise of dietary reqs when registering). Families welcome. Bookings essential.

Contact: Merri Creek Management Committee


Waterbug Blitz! Ballarat, fly fishing jetty, east side of Lake Wendouree (close to Macarthur St)

Wednesday 10th
10:00am - 11:30am

Refresh your knowledge of waterbugs! Be part of National Waterbug Blitz!

Waterwatch will give demonstrations on how to collect these important creatures and provide information on how the abundance and diversity of waterbugs is used to assess the condition of waterways. This session is suitable for Waterwatchers and those community members interested in learning more about waterway condition. For more information on the National Waterbug Blitz - www.waterbugblitz.org.au

This session is suitable for Waterwatchers and anyone interested in learning more about the condition of our waterways. 

Contact: Corangamite Catchment Management Authority | Phone: 5232 9100


Waterbug Blitz! School Holiday Activity Ballarat, rotunda next to Pipers Restaurant, Lake Wendouree (opposite Ballarat Botanic Gardens)

Wednesday 10th
1:00pm - 2:00pm

 

Be a part of a family friendly school holiday "Waterbug Detective" activity.

Refresh your knowledge of waterbugs! Be part of National Waterbug Blitz!

Waterwatch will give demonstrations on how to collect these important creatures and provide information on how the abundance and diversity of waterbugs is used to assess the condition of waterways. This session is suitable for Waterwatchers and those community members interested in learning more about waterway condition. For more information on the National Waterbug Blitz - www.waterbugblitz.org.au

Contact: Corangamite Catchment Management Authority | Phone: 5232 9100


A little nature play Whittlesea Public Gardens, end of Barry Road, Lalor (meet near playground).

Thursday 11th
10:30am - 11:30am

Open your child to the wonder and learning local nature provides, with a free program for two to five year-olds (carer or parent must attend). Merri Creek Management Committee’s environmental educators will provide a setting and materials for your children to thrive in nature play. There will be nature items to touch, smell and see! There will be hills to roll down! We will listen to frog calls and even meet a local frog. Bookings essential.
 

Contact: Merri Creek Management Committee


Explore Blackburn Lake & Gardiners Creek by Bus Meet at Blackburn Lake Visitors Centre, Central Rd, Blackburn Lake.

Sunday 14th
10:00am - 3:00pm

Come along on a bus tour to discover and reconnect with your local environment and experience the beauty and diversity of your local waterways. Be inspired by the work of local community groups, learn about Council and Melbourne Water initiatives to help improve the health of these waterways, discover frogs that call waterways home, hear from the Dolphin Research Institute and learn about the amazing animals that call Port Phillip Bay home. Learn how you can contribute to the ongoing health of these important waterways. Enjoy a free lunch!  Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times.

Registrations essential. 

Contact: Melbourne Water | Phone: 131722


Platypus Picnic for Nature Play Week Peppercorn Shelter, Edendale Farm 30 Gastons Rd Eltham VIC 3095

Wednesday 24th
10:30am - 11:30am

Join us for a morning of activities for preschoolers. Youngsters will get to meet Splash the platypus, see our wriggly waterbugs, learn about our waterways and make their own creation to take home.

Wear appropriate clothing for outdoors. All children must be actively supervised by an adult.

Registration is essential.

Contact: Melbourne Water | Phone: 131722


Waterbugs for Schools Geelong, Balyang Sanctuary, Marnock Rd, Newtown.

Wednesday 24th
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Waterwatch will give demonstrations on how to collect sort and identify waterbugs. You will also be able to collect a waterbug kit to take back to your classroom.

Contact: Corangamite Catchment Management Authority | Phone: 5232 9100


Frogs of Fawkner Moomba Park, Fawkner.

Friday 26th
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Did you know a rare frog, the Growling Grass Frog, has been re-discovered in Fawkner? Join MCMC’s Waterwatch Coordinator for a walk and talk, froggy activities, learn to recognise different frog calls and help collect important data for the frog census.  Families are most welcome. The event involves walking, at times in the rain, so please bring weather appropriate clothing for the event. (Frogs love rain so don’t be put off by a rainy evening, this event will still go ahead.). Bookings essential. 

Contact: Merri Creek Management Committee