Wellbeing Calendar


Supporting improved wellbeing for communities through connection with nature.


Calendar of events

Below are the upcoming Wellbeing through Nature events. These events are supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.
For more information about Landcare ACT's Wellbeing program, see:
Wellbeing


World Wetlands Day

Date:  Saturday 4 February 2023
When: guided walks set off at 5:00pm, short films from 8:00pm
Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve, Dairy Rd, Fyshwick ACT 2609
What to bring: Picnic rug, camping chair, mosquito repellent and snacks

To celebrate World Wetlands day, Jerrabomberra Wetlands will be hosting an outdoor cinema with a series of market stalls and environmental short films exploring connections to Country through fire and water. Join a guided walk around the wetlands, peruse market stalls, enjoy a woodfired pizza, BBQ, cold drink from Capital Brewery, or bring your own snacks/dinner and enjoy a picnic under the stars. 

This is a ticketed event with funds raised being dedicated to capacity building efforts of rangers around the world.  

Walks are on uneven ground, compacted earth and boardwalks. For access information, please contact wellbeing@landcareact.org.au

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Seedling Thinning Party

Date:  Friday 10 February 2023
When: 5:30 - 7:30pm
followed by dinner/drinks at 10 Yards (optional)
Where: Greening Australia, Kubura Place Aranda 2614
What to bring: wear long sleeves/pants and enclosed shoes. 

Following last year's Pride Grows Propagation Day we are reconvening at Greening Australia's HQ to thin out the emerging tubestock. This is an opportunity to meet, mingle and get tubestock lookin' single! Wind down the work week whilst connecting with fellow nature-lovers and preparing plants for their next phase of growth. 

Option to kick on to nearby 10 Yards after the thinning for a well-earned beverage.

This event is jointly supported by Landcare ACT, Greening Australia, ACT NRM and Meridian ACT.

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Past Events

Guided Walk - Wetlands and Wellbeing

Date: Wednesday 2 February 2022
When: 10:00 - 11:30am (option to stay for coffee and conversation)
Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve, 2 Dairy Road Fyshwick, ACT 

Landcare ACT's first Wellbeing through Nature event for the year will take place at Jerrabomberra Wetlands in celebration of World Wetlands Day. Join program coordinator, Sally Holliday, to wind your way through this waterbird wonderland, host to a diverse panorama of plant and animal life. We’ll pause en route to peer through bird hides (viewing boxes) and attune our ears to the thrum of frog song. We'll explore aspects of nature connection through group discussion and moments of quiet contemplation amongst the reeds. Option to stay on for coffee and conversation after the walk.

Guided Walk - Curious Minds

Date: Saturday 12 February 2022
Walk: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00pm (optional)
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens Clunies Ross St, Acton

Saturday, February 12th is Charles Darwin’s posthumous birthday. Cultivate your curiosity by taking a leaf out of Darwin’s book. Devote your attention to the natural world in all its interconnected beauty. Join Landcare Wellbeing Program Coordinator, Sally Holliday, for a self-reflective session in the serene surrounds of the Botanic Gardens. Bring a packed lunch for a group picnic on the Eucalypt Lawn (optional). 

Guided Walk - Lyneham Loop

Date: Friday 18 February 2022
When: 10:00 - 11:30am (option to stay for coffee and conversation)
Where: Tilley’s Devine Cafe
Cnr Brigalow St & Wattle St, Lyneham

Time spent in nature needn’t be far flung. We can find serenity whilst walking a little closer to home, by appreciating green spaces nestled within our suburbs. Join Wellbeing Program Coordinator Sally Holliday, for a wellbeing walk taking in Lyneham’s commons, wetlands and micro forest. We’ll finish up at Tilley’s Devine Cafe, where you’re welcome to stay a while for coffee and conversation. 
The event is wheelchair accessible.


Guided Walk: The Pinnacle

Date: Wednesday 9  March 2022
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Where: Meet at the reserve gate at the end of Dungowan Street, Hawker 2614

Part of Canberra Nature Park, The Pinnacle Nature Reserve offers panoramic views, abundant wildlife and beautiful woodlands. Friends of the Pinnacle (fotpin) is a local community-based group of park care volunteers who work closely with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service to conserve and restore the ecological values of the reserve.

The fotpins are a growing and enthusiastic group committed to preserving and enhancing this wonderful patch of bush. In celebration of Parks Week, join fotpin convenor John Brannan for a guided wellbeing walk around this beautiful patch of bush right on the edge of the suburbs. For more information on the Pinnacle Nature Reserve and what you can do to help protect and restore this valuable area, visit the Friends of the Pinnacle website.


Wellbeing through Nature & Clean Up Australia Day Yerrabi Pond 

Date: Sunday 13 March 2022
When: 10:00am - 1:00pm 
Where: Meeting in the Yerrabi Pond District Park, on the lake side of the bike path, between the flying fox and the pond jetty. Look for the big "Ginninderra Catchment Group" marque.

Wellbeing through Nature is teaming up with Ginninderra Catchment Group for Clean Up Australia Day. Teams will work both on-ground, walking around the periphery, and on-water before heading back to base for a BBQ lunch. Landcare ACT, Wellbeing Coordinator, Sally Holliday will lead the group in a nature-connection meditation. Sally will also be facilitating a wellbeing drop-in space throughout the day where you can express your love of nature and connect with others' experiences. So once you've picked up the stuff that doesn't belong, drop by to affirm the things that matter to you.


Wellbeing Working Party: Rewilding Emu Creek

Date: Sunday 20 March 2022
When: 9:30am - 12:30pm (break for morning tea)
Where: Emu Creek - Renny Place, Belconnen 2617

March 20th is World Rewilding Day. In this on-ground wellbeing session, we'll be restoring habitat for native wildlife. This is an opportunity to get hands on in nature. Landcare volunteers recognise that being in nature with like-minded people, helps their mental health by creating a sense of connectedness and belonging within a community. In essence, caring for the environment feels good. 
Together, we will devote our care and attention to the Emu Creek Landcare site by pulling weeds, transplanting, mulching and watering. Before we don our gloves, we'll take a tour of the site to appreciate the lay of the land and hear from local residents caring for this precious patch. We'll pause for morning tea and a mindfulness meditation. 


Wellbeing through Nature & Clean Up Australia Day Lake Ginninderra 

Date: Sunday 27 March 2022
When: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Lake Ginninderra, meeting at the North end of Diddams Close.

Wellbeing through Nature is teaming up with Ginninderra Catchment Group for Clean Up Australia Day. Teams will work both on-ground, walking around the periphery, and on-water before heading back to base for a BBQ lunch. Landcare ACT, Wellbeing Coordinator, Sally Holliday will lead the group in a nature-connection meditation. Sally will also be facilitating a wellbeing drop-in space throughout the day where you can express your love of nature and connect with others' experiences. So once you've picked up the stuff that doesn't belong, drop by to affirm the things that matter to you. 


Image: Bird in a Pond by Kathryn Leo (2021)

Guided Walk - My Creative Nature

Date: Friday 1 April 2022
When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Where: Lake Ginninderra Loop
Departing from Lake Ginninderra Sea Scouts Hall
Evelyn Parker Pl, Belconnen

See nature through a new lens by the shores of Lake Ginninderra. 
Join Wellbeing Program Coordinator Sally Holliday and artist Kathryn Leo, to share experiences of walking in nature, taking photographs and writing poetry. This guided walk is an invitation to explore your creative nature - by slowing down and looking closely at things you might have otherwise missed. Bring your camera or camera phone and a small notebook to jot down your thoughts as we explore our surroundings. 



Guided Walk - Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

Date: Tuesday 5 April 2022
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Where: Meet at the Sanctuary gate near the corner of Shingleback St and Glider Cres in Throsby.

Join Wellbeing Program Coordinator Sally Holliday, and volunteer Mark Butz for a stroll in Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is an ecological and research partnership between the ACT Government, the ANU and the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, conserving an endangered box-gum grassy woodland ecosystem. The community-based group Friends of Mulligans Flat works closely with this effort in Mulligans Flat and neighbouring Goorooyarroo reserve. On our walk, we will make connections with landforms, water, wildlife and heritage places – a rich set of stories that has been evolving over many thousands of years. 

With a background in earth science and ecology, Mark researches and writes about environmental and social history. His holistic approach to landscape literacy draws on deep time, Indigenous and European settler perspectives, and conservation practice. Sally will lead the group in a mindfulness meditation and nature-connection activity.

Self Reflection through Nature

6 weeks series, Thursday mornings
Date: 3 March 2022 - 7 April 2022 
Walk: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Various locations across Canberra 

Spending time in nature has been linked to multiple health benefits. It can simultaneously lift our mood and lower our blood pressure, but what can it teach us about who we are? Join Landcare ACT Wellbeing Program Coordinator, Sally Holliday, as she guides you through natural landscapes for lessons in personal growth and healing. Meet in restorative surroundings to practice the art of nature-connection through observation, mindfulness and appreciation. There will be opportunities for personal reflection and group discussion throughout the journey. Should sessions be cancelled due to inclement weather or covid restrictions, an online session will be held via zoom.



Guided Walk - Fetherston Gardens in Autumn

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2022
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Where: Heysen St, Weston ACT 2611
Meet in the Fetherston Place car park

Enjoy a mindful meander through the tranquil surrounds of Fetherston Gardens. Originally part of the Canberra Institute of Technology School of Horticulture, today these lush and varied gardens are managed by ACT Government and a dedicated group of Landcare volunteers - the Fetherston Gardens Friends. Covenor Lesley Pattinson will tell you the gardens are glorious at any time of year. This wellbeing walk is about slowing down, breathing-in our surroundings, and taking time to appreciate the little details. We'll wend our way down winding paths, pause by the contemplative pond, activate our senses in the aromatic herb maze, and appreciate the array of textures and colours that make up this seasonally-shifting urban oasis.



Guided Walk - Mt Painter Nature Reserve

Date: Thursday 26 May 2022
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Where: Meet at Companion House, Cook Primary School 41 Templeton St, Cook ACT 2614.

Mount Painter Nature Reserve is home to the old volcano that we now know as Mount Painter, the alluring Wildflower Triangle, a few of the ACT’s rare and protected species, and Friends of Mount Painter or FOMP. This dedicated group of Landcare volunteers translate their collective love for the environment into actively supporting the reserve to become a healthier, more sustainable and resilient ecosystem. Join Sally Holliday, Wellbeing Program Coordinator, and Convenor Sarah Hnatiuk for a wellbeing walk through FOMP's patch. We'll wind our way through the back streets of Cook, into the reserve and up to the top of Mount Painter where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views.

Please be advised this is a moderate hill climb walk. Most of the ascent and descent is on an incline, with some sections of the trail being steep and uneven. We will take regular rest breaks throughout the climb. Please wear comfortable, enclosed shoes with some tread on the sole. Be sunwise and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.



Working Party - Namadgi National Park

Date: Saturday 18 June 2022
When: 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Where: Meet at Namadgi Visitors Centre, Nass Road Tharwa ACT, 2620

Caring for country is also an act of self care; for we are not separated from nature, but part of it. Giving back to the land through acts of conservation can help us feel more connected to our surroundings. With this in mind, Wellbeing through Nature is partnering with Southern ACT Catchment Group to hold a working party at the foothills of Namadgi National Park. Join Wellbeing program coordinator Sally Holliday and Bushfire Recovery Project Coordinator Jeff Eichler to explore plant care in its various forms. We'll undertake weed identification and removal within the surroundings of the Namandgi Visitor Centre before breaking for afternoon tea. As we enjoy a well earned cuppa, Sally will lead the group in a mindfulness meditation and nature connection activity. 



Wildflower Restoration Planting

Date: Sunday 3 July 2022
When: 1.30pm - 3:30pm 
Where: Meet at the carpark next to Diddams Close playground (not the dog park).
Diddams Close Canberra ACT 2617

Come join us for wildflower restoration plantings in the critically endangered Natural Temperate Grasslands at Diddams Close, Belconnen. We will have light afternoon tea provided and free native plants for every volunteer to take home. Please be sunwise, wear long pants/sleeves and comfortable, enclosed shoes and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. Equipment will be provided (bring own gloves if preferred ).  



Guided Walk - Mulanggari Grasslands

Date: Wednesday 20 July 2022
When: 1.30pm - 3:30pm 
Where: Meet at the Reserve Gate on Camilleri Way, Gungahlin (approx half way between Kate Crace St and Manning Clark Cres) 

When wondering through Gungahlin, you'd be forgiven for mistaking the Mulanggari Grasslands for a vacant parcel of land, but looks can be deceiving! This low lying reserve is in fact part of Canberra Nature Park, and home to several threatened species including striped legless lizard, golden sun moth, and perunga grasshopper. This rippling, shimmering grassland is also a beautiful space to escape the nearby urban thrum and discover a sense of spaciousness. Join Wellbeing Coordinator Sally Holliday for a restorative romp around her beloved belonging place. 



Dam Restoration Planting, Top Naas

Date: Sunday 7 August
When: Minibus departs
Dickson 9:00am | Woden 9:30am 
Minibus returns
Woden 4:00 | Dickson 4:30pm   
Where: Top Naas, Booth

Calling all conservation comrades!
Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program is partnering with Southern ACT Catchment Group to conduct a series of dam restoration plantings on rural properties in the Southern ACT region. These planting events are hands-on opportunities to assist rural landholders in conservation efforts. Our first event is at Top Naas. This will be a whole day effort with return transport provided by minibus from Dickson and Woden Interchanges. Tools will be supplied (BYO gardening gloves if you have them).

This project series is being supported by ACT NRM with funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.



Dam Restoration Planting, Paddy's River

Date: Wednesday 17 August
When: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Where: Paddy's River, Tidbinbilla Road

Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program is partnering with Southern ACT Catchment Group to conduct a series of dam restoration plantings on rural properties in the Southern ACT region. These planting events are hands-on opportunities to assist rural landholders in conservation efforts. 

We are seeking to put together a small team for the next planting at Paddy's River. To minimise vehicles on site and reduce fuel consumption, transport will be provided via carpool (departing from city centres - Gungahlin, Belconnen, Dickson, Woden or Tuggeranong). Tools will be supplied. Bring a packed lunch and a water bottle to keep hydrated. Please express your interest to take part via email below. 

This project series is being supported by ACT NRM with funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.



Guided Cultural Walk and Working Party
Mt Taylor Nature Reserve

Date: Sunday 4 September
When: 2:00pm - 5:00pm 
Where: Mount Taylor Nature Reserve - meet at the Mount Taylor Reserve Gate on Sulwood Drive, opposite Mannheim Street

Join Ngunawal elder Wally Bell for a cultural walk and conservation activity with the Mount Taylor ParkCare Group. As we move through the reserve, we'll profile bush plants using the Ngunawal Plant Guide.Learn about the history of this special place, deepen your connection to country, and lend a helping hand to keep the weeds at bay followed by afternoon tea with a view.

Bring your own gardening gloves if you have them. If you require a pair, please email wellbeing@landcareact.org.au to arrange. Working tools will be supplied. Please dress for the weather forecast - be sunwise, wear long pants/sleeves, comfortable enclosed shoes and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.



Froggy Facts After Dark
For Bright Young Things (16-26yrs)

Date: Wednesday 7 September
When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Gungahlin Valley Ponds - meet at Birralee Scout Hall carpark, 5 The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin

Leap over the mid-week hump and bounce down to the Valley Ponds in Gungahlin for froggy facts after dark. Join FrogWatch Coordinator Anke Maria from Ginninderra Catchment Group and Sally Holliday from Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program to explore this wetland habitat under the cloak of night. Attune your sensory perception, identify calls of different frog species and learn how you can be involved in citizen science through the annual FrogCensus. Come down at 6.30pm for a hot chocolate before we set off in search of froggy friends at 7pm. Rug up, wear comfortable enclosed shoes, and bring a torch.

Throughout September we're exploring the world of frogs with a range of events tailored to different audiences. To ensure we maximise capacity for attendance, please choose the event that's the best fit for you. This event is for bright young things aged 16-26yrs.



Self-Guided Wildflower Walk
Farrer Ridge

Date: Wednesday 11 September
When: 10:00am (allow 1.5 - 2hrs)
Where: Meet at the top of Muresk St Farrer

Spring has well and truly sprung, and seeing the wildflowers coming into bloom is a reviving experience. Join in a self-guided Wildflower Walk on Farrer Ridge this Sunday - departing top of Muresk street at 10am.

Following an introduction by Farrer Ridge ParkCare Convenor Wendy Rainbird, you will be given a booklet to self-guide through the ridge at your own pace. The loop takes approximately 45 minutes non-stop so allow 1.5-2hrs to soak up your surroundings. Be sunwise, dress for the weather and wear comfortable enclosed shoes.
There is no need to register for this event, simply arrive with keen eyes!



Froggy Fun After Dark
For All

Date: Wednesday 14 September
When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Ginninderry Link Building

 Join FrogWatch Coordinator Anke Maria from Ginninderra Catchment Group and Sally Holliday from Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program to learn about your local amphibian species and the importance of their wetland habitats. Activate all your senses, identify calls of different frog species and learn how you can be involved in citizen science through the annual FrogCensus. Come at 6.30pm for a hot chocolate by the fire pit before we set off in search of froggy friends at 7pm. Rug up, wear comfortable enclosed shoes, and bring a torch.

Throughout September we're exploring the world of frogs with a range of events tailored to different audiences. To ensure we maximise capacity for attendance, please choose the event that's the best fit for you.



Frogs Up Late
For Grown-ups (25yrs+)

Date: Friday 16 September
When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Mt Majura Dams - meet at Hackett Gate & MacKenzie St Carpark, Hackett

Leap over the mid-week hump and bounce down to the Valley Ponds in Gungahlin for froggy facts after dark. Join FrogWatch Coordinator Anke Maria from Ginninderra Catchment Group and Sally Holliday from Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program to explore this wetland habitat under the cloak of night. Attune your sensory perception, identify calls of different frog species and learn how you can be involved in citizen science through the annual FrogCensus. Come down at 6.30pm for a hot chocolate before we set off in search of froggy friends at 7pm. Rug up, wear comfortable enclosed shoes, and bring a torch.

Throughout September we're exploring the world of frogs with a range of events tailored to different audiences. To ensure we maximise capacity for attendance, please choose the event that's the best fit for you. This event is just for grown-ups (25yrs+).



Dam Restoration Planting - Lambrigg

Date: Friday 23 September
When: 8:15am - 4:30pm
Where: Tidbinbilla Rd, Paddy’s River ACT

Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program is partnering with Southern ACT Catchment Group to conduct a series of dam restoration plantings on rural properties in the Southern ACT region. These planting events are hands-on opportunities to assist rural landholders in conservation efforts - and we need your help!

We are putting together a team for a full day's planting at Lambrigg, Paddy's River. To minimise vehicles on site and reduce fuel consumption, transport will be provided via carpool. Refreshments and all tools will be supplied. Wear long sleeves/pants, enclosed shoes (preferably waterproof) and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.  

This project series is being supported by ACT NRM with funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.



Dam Restoration Planting
Booroomba Station

Date: Sunday 25 September
When: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Where: Booroomba Road, Tharwa

Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program is partnering with Southern ACT Catchment Group to conduct a series of dam restoration plantings on rural properties in the Southern ACT region. These planting events are hands-on opportunities to assist rural landholders in conservation efforts - and we need your help!

We are putting together a team for a planting at Booroomba Station. To minimise vehicles on site and reduce fuel consumption, transport will be provided via minibus departing from Dickson and Woden town centres - please specify your preferred location on registration.  Refreshments and all tools will be supplied. Wear long sleeves/pants, enclosed shoes (preferably waterproof) and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.  

This project series is being supported by ACT NRM with funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.



Dam Restoration Planting - Rocky Crossing

Date: Wednesday 28 September
When: 8:15am - 4:30pm
Where: Rocky Crossing, Boboyan Road, Booth

Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program is partnering with Southern ACT Catchment Group to conduct a series of dam restoration plantings on rural properties in the Southern ACT region. These planting events are hands-on opportunities to assist rural landholders in conservation efforts - and we need your help!

We are putting together a team for a full day's planting at Rocky Crossing. To minimise vehicles on site and reduce fuel consumption, transport will be provided via minibus departing from Dickson and Woden town centres - please specify your preferred location on registration.  Refreshments and all tools will be supplied. Wear long sleeves/pants, enclosed shoes (preferably waterproof) and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.  

This project series is being supported by ACT NRM with funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.



Guided Walk - Nature's Resilience

Date: Monday 10 October 
When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Gungahlin Hill Nature Reserve - meet at the reserve entry gate on Cocoparra Crescent. 

What better way than to spend World Mental Health Day than in the company of nature in all her glory. Explore the beauty and wonder of Gungahlin Hill Nature Reserve. This precious pocket of bushland is home to some of Canberra's most wisened and gnarly scribbly gums. Marked by fire scars, their towering stature represents resilience through struggle. There is much comfort and inspiration to be found in this place.

Nature is a teacher. 
She unfolds her treasures to our search, 
unseals our eyes, illumes our minds
and purifies our hearts. 
- Alfred Billings Street 



Guided Walk - Wildflowers and Wellbeing
Farrer Ridge

Date: Wednesday 12 October
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Meet at the top of Muresk St, Farrer

Spring has well and truly sprung, and seeing the native wildflowers coming into bloom is reviving and enlivening. Join Wellbeing Program Coordinator, Sally Holliday for a guided Wildflower Walk around the Farrer Ridge loop. This guided walk is one in a series of mindfulness-based walks taking place during Mental Health Month

We will depart from the top of Muresk street at 10am. Be sunwise, dress for the weather and wear comfortable enclosed shoes. You will be given a descriptive booklet, prepared by Farrer Ridge ParkCare convenor Wendy Rainbird, with which you can return to the ridge and self-guide at your liesure.



Froggy Fun After Dark - For All

Date: Wednesday 12 October
When: 6:45 - 8:45 pm
Where: Farrer Ponds - Cnr of Sulwood Drive and Erindale Drive, Wanniassa

Hop down to Farrer Ponds for froggy fun after dark. Join FrogWatch Coordinator Anke Maria from Ginninderra Catchment Group and Sally Holliday from Landcare ACT's Wellbeing through Nature program to learn about your local amphibian species and the importance of their wetland habitats. Attune your sensory perception, identify calls of different frog species and learn how you can be involved in citizen science. Come down at 6.45pm for a hot chocolate before we set off in search of froggy friends at 7.15pm. Rug up, wear comfortable enclosed shoes, and bring a torch. 



Guided Walk - New Beginnings
Fetherston Gardens in Spring

Date: Friday 14 October 
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where:Heysen St, Weston ACT 2611
Meet in the Fetherston Place car park.

Enjoy a mindful meander through the tranquil surrounds of Fetherston Gardens. Originally part of the Canberra Institute of Technology School of Horticulture, today these lush and varied gardens are managed by ACT Government and a dedicated group of Landcare volunteers - the Fetherston Gardens Friends. The gardens are glorious at any time of year but in spring, buds and blooms abound!

We'll wend our way down winding paths, pause by the contemplative pond, breathe-in the aromatic herb maze (pictured), and appreciate the array of textures and colours that make up this seasonally-shifting urban oasis. This walk is suitable for all abilities. For access information, please contact wellbeing@landcareact.org.au. 



SouthFest Community Walk - Mt Taylor

Date: Saturday 5 November
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm followed by a cuppa
Where: Mt Taylor - park and enter the reserve from Sulwood Drive. 

Wellbeing through Nature is partnering with Communities at work to facilitate a mindfulness-based walk on Mt Taylor.  There’s something satisfying about reaching the summit of a hill-climb, but there’s also much to be savoured on route to the top. Stopping to notice the little details only amplifies the bigger picture. We’ll pause to take-in expansive views across the Tuggeranong Valley, identify native plants and explore the many established links between nature-connection and mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing. 

On return from the walk, the Communities at Work Infusion van will be onsite to provide participants with the opportunity to sit, relax and chat over a cuppa and to pick up a Wellbeing Pack.



Pride Grows - Propagation Day

Date: Saturday 19 November
When: 9:00am - 1:30pm followed by lunch
Where: Greening Australia - Kubura Place, Aranda

Planting trees is critical for habitat restoration, but before seedlings can go in the ground, they first need to be propagated! Learn about the propagation process and lend a helping hand preparing pots with soil and sowing seed.

This event for LGBTQIA+ community is jointly supported by Landcare ACT, ACT NRM, Meridian ACT, Greening Australia and the Australian Government. Join project partners for a complimentary cuppa at 9.00am from a local coffee van before we get stuck into propagation at 9.30am. Lunch and equipment will be provided. Please wear long pants/sleeves, hat and comfortable, enclosed shoes, along with glasses for eye protection if you have them. Spaces are limited so register to secure your spot.



Workshop - Build a Bee Hotel

Date: Sunday 27 November
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Where: Erindale Neighbourhood Centre

Landcare ACT and ACT for Bees are combining forces to offer a bee hotel workshop with renowned bee expert Peter Abbott. Come and join us to learn more about how important native bees are, the best plants to grow in your garden or school, and make a simple bee hotel which will provide additional nesting space for solitary native bees. Peter will give a presentation on our native pollinators before we get stuck into building. All tools and materials will be supplied. 

*Please note - if booking as a family, you will build one bee hotel together. 



Guided Walk for Women and Non-Binary Community, Fetherston Gardens

Date: Wednesday 30 December
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Fetherston Gardens, Isherwood St entrance, Weston

Fetherston Gardens are one of Canberra's best-kept horticultural secrets. Originally part of the Canberra Institute of Technology School of Horticulture, today these lush and varied gardens are managed by ACT Government and a dedicated group of Landcare volunteers - the Fetherston Gardens Friends. Convenor Lesley Pattinson will tell you the gardens are glorious at any time of year.

This guided walk is for women and non-binary community in collaboration with Woden Community Service's Women’s Network project.  It's an opportunity to connect with your local community and share experiences of nature-connection. This walk is suitable for all abilities. For access information, please contact wellbeing@landcareact.org.au. 



Growing Together: Group Gardening Session

Date: Wednesday 30 November
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Environment, Meditation and Healing Garden - Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton

As 2022 draws to a close and we approach the festive season, what better way to embody the spirit of giving than to partake in some group gardening. Established by the Canberra Interfaith Forum in 2011, the Environment, Meditation and Healing Garden is a space for folk of all faiths to commune with nature, and experience its healing benefits. 

Together, we will carve out time for reflection whilst contributing to this special setting through weeding and planting. Wellbeing through Nature Program Coordinator - Sally Holliday will lead the group in some nature-connection activities to relax, revive and restore. This session presents an opportunity for a mid-week reset. Drop by anytime between 4 and 7pm. All tools and light refreshments will be provided. 



Dam Restoration Plantings

Date: Sunday 4 December
When: 8:15am - 4.30pm
Where: Rocky Crossing and Top Naas

We're rounding out the year with one final double-header restoration planting in our Southern farm series. We need your help to assist rural landholders with conservation efforts to boost biodiversity and improve water quality. We'll kick-off the planting party at Rocky Crossing on the boarder of Namadgi National Park in the morning and finish up at nearby Top Naas in the afternoon. Transport will be provided by minibus from Dickson and Woden interchanges along with lunch and all equipment. Please be sunwise, wear long pants/sleeves, hat and comfortable, enclosed shoes. Bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. Registration is free. 

This is a joint event between Landcare ACT and Southern ACT Catchment Group with support from ACT NRM and funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.


Nature Journaling with NatureArt Lab

Date: Tuesday 6 December
Morning session: 9:30am -12:30pm
Afternoon session:
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Where: Nature Art Lab studios, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith ACT 2603

Be curious and connect with nature through the act of nature journaling. Nature journaling is all about learning to see, promoting curiosity, asking questions and starting to notice things around you. During this introductory workshop,  experienced tutor and Director of NatureArt Lab - Julia Landford will explore ecopsychology, the benefits of connecting with nature, and talk through essential drawing, writing and observation skills. She will discuss elements of being a naturalist and explore the key steps for nature journaling using the natural history collection in the studio. Participants will be provided with a journaling starter pack. You will develop confidence to observe, draw and write about the natural world.


Nature through the Senses: Meander and Make - The English Garden, Yarralumla

Date: Sunday 11 December
When: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: The English Garden and Oaks Brasserie, 36 Robert Boden Grv, Yarralumla ACT 2600

Join Wellbeing Program Coordinator Sally Holliday for some end of year nature-connection festivities in the English Garden, Yarralumla. Explore magical and whimsical qualities of towering oaks, cedars and pines. Savour the cool shade whilst breathing in the scent of resin and earth. Stay on after the walk to enjoy afternoon tea at the Oaks Brasserie, and make your own Christmas ornament from pine needles collected on site.

This walk is suitable for all abilities. For access information, please contact wellbeing@landcareact.org.au

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Wellbeing through Nature

 The Wellbeing through Nature program taps into the transformative and healing potential of nature. Aspects of the program include:
Walks in Nature

That focus on appreciation of beauty and diversity whilst exploring mindfulness activities in restorative surroundings..

Conservation activities

Caring for nature is also an act of self care. Participants will work alongside existing Landcare groups to conserve, restore and protect nature. This may include plantings, waterways etc.

Therapeutic Horticulture

Working with plants on a more personal level to support wellbeing.
Partaking in propagation activities to cultivate native plants for habitat restoration projects.

Programs are open to all Canberrans and will be offered free of charge or at a low cost. Specialised programs will be developed to engage participants of diverse ages and backgrounds (including youth and older persons).

 Supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.

More information

You can find more information about our Wellbeing programs by: 
Contacting UsLandcare ACT's Wellbeing ProgramHealthy Canberra Grants
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