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Connect with Nature

Connect with Nature inspires an appreciation of Queensland’s natural and cultural heritage through activities that foster a sense of connection, understanding and appreciation for our native wildlife and natural areas.

Join a Park Ranger to discover the wonders of the natural world. There’s something for everyone including holiday programs, special events and environmental education programs for school groups and community organisations.

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What's on

Summer Holiday Program: 11–27 January 2020

Everyone can have an adventure of the natural kind these summer holidays at our Gateway Visitor Centres: David Fleay Wildlife Park (Gold Coast) and Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre (Brisbane). Join our Park Rangers and become an Eco Ranger, Fleay’s Hero or Insect Investigator, go on a treasure hunt, learn about deadly venomous creatures, or for something different, try your hand at some animal artwork! Whatever your interests, there are fun activities for the whole family this summer! For something more active, join us for an early morning birdwatching paddle on Enoggera Reservoir or, if you’re a family of night-flyers, come along to our wildlife at night presentation or story-telling under the stars!

Check out the schedule of activities below and book to reserve your spot as places are limited for each activity.

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre – Enoggera Reservoir, Brisbane

Activity

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Junior Rangers Insect Investigators

Grab a magnifying glass and bug-catcher then, presto! You’re an ‘Insect Investigator’! Delve into the wonderful world of bugs and mini-beasts, alongside our Park Rangers, to enjoy some hands-on, ‘bug-tastic’ fun in nature! Meet some 6-legged and 8-legged critters and investigate the clues they leave behind. Go on a bug-hunt ‘in the wild’ using your newly acquired detective skills. How many mini-beasts will you find? Then create an edible insect to take home. Yum!

Ages 5-8 years.

9:30am–11:30am

Tuesday
14 January

Thursday
23 January

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Special Event: Venom!

Are your kids ‘Deadly 60’ fans? Join our Park Rangers to come face-to-face with reptiles, fish, invertebrates and even a mammal with deadly tools for survival. Yes, you guessed it—venom! Learn their secrets—where they live, why they have venom, and, of course, which are the most deadly. Get valuable safety tips for exploring, whether in your backyard or in the wild, and learn useful first aid for treating bites and stings. Get ready to meet Walkabout Creek’s ‘Deadly 6’!

Ages 6+ years (children must be accompanied by an adult).

9:30am–10:30am

Tuesday
21 January

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Exclusive Event: Indigenous artist-in-residence—Arthur Conlon

Join Indigenous artist, Arthur, for an hour of fun, learning about Indigenous art styles and creating your own masterpiece, inspired by our native wildlife. No artistic ability is requiredleave with your own beautiful A3 illustration. Choose from your favourite animals, including platypus, kangaroo and turtle.

Ages 5+ years (children must be accompanied by an adult).

9:30am–4:30pm

(1 hour sessions)

Friday
17 January

Saturday
25 January

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Birds on the Reservoir

Rise and shine with the birds for an unforgettable nature experience. Paddle your kayak across the glassy water of Enoggera Reservoir, serenaded by birdsong. Guided by our Park Rangers, you will be able to put your bird spotting and identification skills to the test. You may even get the opportunity to see our resident White-bellied Sea Eagle in action. After returning to the shore, enjoy a picnic morning tea beside the reservoir. What a way to start your day!

Ages 6+ years (children must be accompanied by an adult).

7:30am–10:00am

Monday
20 January

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Wildlife Discovery Show

You can always smile at OUR crocodile! Get up close with animals (some scaly, some slippery, some furry!), from the Wildlife Centre and learn how our Park Rangers care for Queensland's national parks and beautiful wildlife. Your ticket purchase also includes same-day admission into our Wildlife Centre, so you can explore at any time before or after the show.

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Twice daily

11:00am–11:45am

1:30pm–2:15pm

11 January–27 January

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Wildlife at Night

Join our Park Rangers for some nocturnal wildlife spotlighting as you explore the park by night. What wildlife will you discover by torchlight? Experience the sights and sounds of the bush after dark. Look for eye-shine, listen for tell-tale rustling of leaves and the earie cries of the night hunters … Finish the night with some star-gazing through our giant telescope, while enjoying billy-tea and damper.

Ages 5+ years (children must be accompanied by an adult).

6:30pm–8:30pm

Friday
17 January

Friday
24 January

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David Fleay Wildlife Park – Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Activity

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Junior Rangers Fleay’s Heroes

Are your kids keen on all things wildlife? Join our Park Rangers and be inspired by the legacy of Dr David Fleay as your explore the animal world. Build an animal hide, go behind the scenes for a safe encounter with one of our resident snakes, or one of our more furry friends. Learn how to spot clues to find out which of our native animals call your backyard home. Leave with practical eco-tips and continue to be a Fleay’s Hero by protecting your local wildlife.

Ages 8-12 years.

9:30am–11:30am

Monday
13 January

Wednesday
22 January

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Fleay’s Eco Rangers

Wild eco-fun for all the family! Join our Park Rangers and be inspired by the legacy of Dr David Fleay as you explore the animal world. Go behind the scenes for a safe encounter with one of our resident snakes, or one of our more furry friends. Learn how to spot clues to find out which of our native animals call your backyard home and leave with practical eco-tips to help protect your local wildlife.

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).

9:30am–11:30am

Thursday
16 January

Monday
20 January

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Junior Rangers Greatest Treasure Hunt

Do your kids love a challenge? Come along and join the Greatest Treasure Hunt ever at David Fleay Wildlife Park! As you explore the park, look for clues, answer quizzes and complete tasks to find the hidden wildlife footprints. Solve the mystery and earn your special Junior Ranger badge.

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).

10:00–2:00pm

Saturday
11 January

Sunday
12 January

Saturday
18 January

Sunday
26 January

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Dreamtime under the stars

Join us for a special evening of Indigenous story-telling under the stars. Meet our Indigenous Park Ranger and hear unique stories about how some of our animals came to be and the events that shaped both their world and ours. Learn about bush tucker while enjoying a yarn or two. Finish the night with a spotlight tour and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of our night creatures.

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).

6:30pm–8:30 pm

Saturday
18 January

Thursday
23 January

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Exclusive Event: Indigenous artist-in-residence—Arthur Conlon

Join Indigenous artist, Arthur, for an hour of fun, learning about Indigenous art styles and creating your own masterpiece, inspired by our native wildlife. No artistic ability is requiredleave with your own beautiful A3 illustration. Choose from your favourite animals, including platypus, kangaroo and turtle.

Ages 5+ years (children must be accompanied by an adult).

9:30am–4:30pm

(1 hour sessions)

Saturday
18 January

Friday
24 January

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Useful links

Connect with Nature school program

Hands-on activities at David Fleay Wildlife Park. Photo R. Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Hands-on activities at David Fleay Wildlife Park. Photo R. Ashdown, Queensland Government.

The Connect with Nature school program features environmental education activities offered in Queensland parks and forests. It gives students the opportunity to experience Queensland’s natural environment, native wildlife and cultural heritage through ranger-guided activities. Some programs have been designed to meet State curriculum requirements.

Guided tours

Turtle-watching with rangers at Mon Repos Regional Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Turtle-watching with rangers at Mon Repos Regional Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Regular guided tours are conducted by QPWS Rangers.

Further information

To discover more about Connect with Nature activities offered in your local parks you can contact us and request to be connected to the relevant park office.

Last updated
17 January 2020