NPQ Winter Gathering
This gathering will be hosted by the Logan River Branch. All NPQ members and friends are invited to attend.
Date and Time: Saturday 12 June 2021, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Theme: Sowing the Seed: Facilitating Learning About Native Plants and Their Habitats
Venue: Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre, cnr Behms and Pimpama-Jacobs Well Roads, Norwell
The Jacobs Well EEC was the first of its kind in Queensland, opened in the 1970s at the former Jacobs Well State School. It's an Education Queensland run facility, staffed by teachers and support staff, who work with visiting students of all ages who come for either day visits or for extended residential "camps" of up to 5 days. Programs are curriculum-based and mostly centred in one of the local environments such as Moreton Bay (the Centre has boats and canoes, and a bus), the islands of southern Moreton Bay, mangrove forests, eucalypt forests, freshwater ponds as well as some built environments. Centre staff also visit schools to work with teachers and students. Facilities on-site include cabins, amenities block, kitchen, classroom, activities room, dam and outdoor covered student area, plant nursery, bush-tucker garden & boat shed.
Directions and Parking: The Environmental Education Centre is situated on a small hill amongst the sugar cane fields, on a bend of the Pimpama-Jacobs Well Rd. The vehicular exit is off onto a bitumen access road (signposted) just before the intersection with Behms Rd. There is off-street parking directly in front of the Centre for about 8 vehicles, and more room at the side of the road in a bus zone (no buses will be there on the day and it's not an official bus zone, so it can be used for parking). There is also parking inside the grounds (access from the side lane) in a designated bitumen parking area.
9.00 am – 9.45 am: Meet and greet for morning tea (provided)
9.45 am – 10.15 am: Welcome (including Welcome to Country by a local Indigenous elder)
10.15 am – 11.00 am: Presentation by Professor Catherine Pickering, Discipline Head (Ecology and Evolution) in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University, covering education about native plants at the university level.
11.00 am – 12.30 pm: Guided tour of the Environmental Education Centre by the Principal, Steve Rowell, who will talk about about the range of environmental programs for primary and secondary students offered at the Centre.
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm: BYO lunch
After lunch there will be a guided walk in the nearby Mangrove Nature Refuge and saltmarsh area. Those who are interested in joining the walk should wear appropriate clothing (suitable footwear and socks, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, hat, etc.). Prepare for sloppy mud up to your socks at times (although mud washes out, eventually!). Repellent will be essential as there are certain to be biting midges and mosquitoes.