Gatherings & Events

These are a few highlights of upcoming events, for a complete list of all meetings and activities, please check our calendar.

Saturday 31 March 2020, from 9am

Autumn Gathering & NPQ AGM
Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre, Norwell

Members and visitors are invited to the Native Plants Queensland Regional Gathering on Saturday, 21 March 2020, which will be hosted by Logan River branch and held at Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre, cnr Behms and Pimpama-Jacobs Well Roads, Norwell.

Sowing the Seed: Facilitating Learning About Native Plants and Their Habitats

9.00 am – 9.45 am : Meet and greet for morning tea (provided)

9.45 am – 10.00 am : Welcome (including Welcome to Country by a local Aboriginal elder)

10.00 am – 10.30 am : Native Plants Queensland AGM

10.30 am – 12.00 noon : Presentations on the theme of education about native plants.

Professor Catherine Pickering, Discipline Head (Ecology and Evolution) in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University, will speak about education at the university level. A staff member from the Environmental Education Centre will discuss environmental programs for primary and secondary students. A general discussion will follow on the role of NPQ in “sowing the seed”.

12 noon – 12.30 pm : Guided tour of the Environmental Education Centre

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm : Lunch to share

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.

About the Venue

The Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre 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 Road. The vehicular exit is off onto a bitumen access road (signposted) just before the intersection with Behms Road. 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.

Native Plants Queensland arranges a wide variety of events, outings and activities throughout the year.

Quarterly gatherings, hosted on a rotating basis by various branches, are intended to bring together members from multiple areas to share news, native plant information and social time. We also hold a biennial conference, known as our Yabba, in different parts of the state. The emphasis of this conference is learning about the flora and habitats of the host region.

Each of our 20 local branches generally holds a monthly meeting in addition to other excursions and activities.
Don't miss our Native Plant Markets and for a complete list of all meetings and events, please check our Calendar.
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