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Earthkeepers is an old world, mystical ecology program for Stage 2 students and some little munchkins from Boronia Park are now well on their way to becoming Level 1 Earthkeepers after completing our 3 day camp. We were impressed with their energy and enthusiasm and can see that they now have a broader understanding of how humans and natural systems rely on each other. Thanks so much to our parent helpers and… Read More

So you take a feathery local species, like a Tawny Frogmouth, you mix in a crime scene, some suspects, plenty of hands on investigating and SHAZAM, you have yourselves an outdoor, eco-mystery challenge that never fails to grip primary age students. Our Eco Mystery day – ‘The Tawny Tragedy‘ is one of our most engaging programs. Students eyes widen when they arrive at Brewongle to discover a crime scene complete with police… Read More

In 1985, the year the movie ‘Back to the Future’ was released, I was a skinny red-headed 14 year old who was desperately trying to be as cool as I thought Michael J. Fox was at the time (I had a skateboard, walkman and wanted a Delorean). At the end of the film, the flying time machine zooms off to 2015 and that story becomes ‘Back to the Future 2’. “Roads? Where… Read More

I feel like this is the time of year for a bit of connection to some real things in life! Nothing about Christmas consumerism, busy shops, parties, politics or school reports. Here follows a few cool things I have come across in a pictorial journal from my phone. All mostly extra-curricular…. The Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre’s spring fair was as lovely event filled with sustainability, good food, music and of course our kid… Read More

Once again we are indebted to the lovely students and staff from Mt Druitt Tutorial School for their bush regeneration efforts last Friday. Perfect cool weather allowed us to continue lantana removal in our patch of critically endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. Angus, Kyla and Emma from Blue Tongue Ecosystems came along to lend a hand and provide tools and expertise. We came across some amazing incidental wildlife sightings including an old… Read More

There is something inherently satisfying about pulling out weeds – don’t you agree? Managing ecosystems is a tricky complex business, but pulling out and poisoning noxious problem plants like lantana is a real, hands on result orientated activity. You can see and measure progress and I swear I could hear the native plants sighing as we removed choking thickets of smelly, prickly lantana. Lantana is a garden plant (from South America originally) that causes… Read More

The year 9 students of Tyndale Christian School in Blacktown were treated to a plethora of arboreal delights this week. Using our nest box cameras they explored various habitat boxes around Brewongle for signs of life. During their testing they discovered four possums, some feathers, nests, goanna scratchings, animal scats, clean water and a healthy forest  The students were enjoying our Lace Monitor science program for stage 5. This program encourages students to gather data… Read More

Geology has never held that much interest for me in the past, but my nerdy brain fires up with interest when geology can be related to the living things on our planet. The year 12 students of Stella Maris College Manly who visited us for a two day camp program discovered some interesting relationships between our local soils, geology, vegetation and wildlife. Being boffin earth and environmental scientists we conducted a soil profile… Read More

If I were to ask you for the plant that sums up Australia, would you say…… gum trees? Is there another genus of plant that has so dominated our landscape other than the ‘Ubiquitous Eucalyptus’? How has this one group that has over 900 species (and still counting) become so adept at surviving the harsh droughts, floods, fires and poor soils of the Australian continent? After our recent spate of bushfires in… Read More

Listen to Professor David Tissue as he explains his research at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at UWS Richmond campus. A facinating experiment that is looking at plant responses to future rainfall changes as a result of climate change. These shelters allow reserachers to monitor and control the amount of moisture reaching the studied trees. This is the second video in a series that we have produced. You can view the… Read More