On the first Saturday of every month (except January) we hold an open day at our Sustainability Centre in Carindale. And everyone is welcome!
The Open Day starts at 9am. Grab a cuppa and check out the native plant nursery. There’s a presentation at 9.30am for approximately one hour. Each month there is a different speaker (paid by our environment fund) on an environmental and/or sustainability issue. Following that we have a yummy morning tea! And enjoy a tour of the community gardens.
The event is normally finished by 12pm.
We’d love to see you here!
Next Open Day Presenters
- Saturday November 3rd: Rachael Smethurst. Fauna Spotter Catcher. Talking about her experiences with wildlife.
- Saturday December 1st: Professor Darryl Jones of Griffith University. The latest innovations in road ecology (European focus)
- There is no January Open Day.
PAST OPEN DAY PRESENTERS
Previous Open Day Guest Presenters:
- October 2018: Dr Jennifer Firn. PhD. Associate Professor – Science & Engineering Faculty (QUT). Editor in Chief of ‘Ecology & Evolution’. Talking about controlling invasive plant species.
- September 2018: Dr Elisa Bayraktarov. Ecologist. Threatened Species Recovery Hub. University of QLD. Talking about the threatened species index.
- August 2018: Hyahno Moser, Program Manager with Nature Play QLD. Talking about developing a love of nature in children and nature as brain food.
- July 2018: Tamielle Brunt, Wildlife Queensland Ecologist & PhD candidate, University of Queensland. Talking about platypuses.
- June 2018: Jutta Godwin, Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network & QLD Mycological Society, talking about the world of fungi.
- May 2018: Meg Edwards, PhD Researcher from Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre (UQ) presented on her bandicoots research.
- April 2018: Ray Ison (Brisbane Catchments Network & many other groups) spoke about Orangutans.
- March 2018: Robert Whyte, citizen scientist, photographer and co-author of ‘A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia’ spoke about spiders.
- February 2018: Revel Pointon, Solicitor, Environmental Defenders Office, QLD, talking about law and the environment.
2017 Open Day Guest Presenters:
- February: Jessie Cappadonna, QUT PhD student & management committee member of Australian Citizen Science Association, re citizen science.
- March: Australians for Dolphins’ Jordan Sosnowski.
- April: Andrew Stovell, Arborist, talking about habitat trees.
- May: Anne Cleary, Environmental Scientist at Griffith Uni. Re health and well-being through nature connection.
- June: Sustainability Consultant Jane Milburn of Textile Beat talking about waste, sustainability and the slow clothing movement.
- July: All about squirrel gliders! With B4C’s Rachael Williams and Stefan Hattingh and Naomi from Geckoes Wildlife who brought a range of Aussie critters including a squirrel glider.
- August: Robert Pekin of Food Connect Foundation / Food Connect founder told us about the challenges and opportunities in providing sustainable and local food production and consumption.
- September: Professor Robert Capon (biologist) re the Cane Toad Challenge told us about the cane toad tadpole trapping technology that uses toad pheromone to lure toad tadpoles into a trap.
- October: Green Dean spoke about longevity and how food and gardening habits in various countries and cultures impacts how (and how long) we live.
- November: Leigh Weakley, B4C Nursery Manager re designing your garden for water efficiency, pollinator-friendliness and more.
- December: John Moss of Native Plants QLD talked about Mistletoe.
2016 Open Day Guest Presenters:
- February: Jock Mackenzie from Mangrove Watch at JCU / Tropwater gave us a presentation on local mangroves and issues regarding the condition of our wetlands.
- March: A fermented food presentation, demo and tasting by Roslyn and Mario Bono.
- April: A presentation on bugs by entomologist and director of BugsEd, Michelle Gleeson. There was also some insect-inspired original artworks on display by artist Martine Lloyd.
- May: A presentation on natural resource management by Andrew Davidson, winner of the Catchment Care Luminary Award.
- June: Dean Bleasdale, AKA ‘Green Dean’, gave us a presentation on ‘urban farming’ and his recent trip to Korea.
- July: Mike Fox of Pollinator Link & Mt Gravatt Environment Group gave us a presentation on Pollinator Link and got locals signed up to the program.
- August: Professor Darryl Jones, Griffith University, on “fauna movement in Brisbane”.
- September: Viridian Energy talking about their sustainability projects
- October: Paula Peeters – ecologist, artist & writer talking about ‘nature journaling’
- November: Gail Allsop spoke about and demonstrated natural solutions with herbs, essential oils & plant uses.
- December: Debbie Pointing, President of Koala Action Group.
For more events, check out our events page.