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WED Festival 2021

In support of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council's

we're celebrating World Environment Day by appreciating and caring for the birds.

theme "Ecosystem Restoration"

Bringing the Birdsong Back

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10th - 17th June

Caroling magpies and laughing kookaburras...

what a joy their song is!

Birds are integral to healthy ecosystems. There's much we can do in our own backyards to lessen our impact on their survival and actively support their role in the environment.

Join us for a program of activities in which we'll celebrate and appreciate birds while learning, creating and enjoying the beautiful bushland setting of the Botanic Gardens.

The Exhibition Space in the Arts & Ecology Centre will be open 10am - 2pm every day

There you can visit the Friends' Display

Care for the Environment: Support the Gardens

Find out about volunteering, getting into native plants and wildlife, participating in nature-based workshops, learning to propagate and more.

You can also meet artist in residence, 

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as she works in an Open Studio on her project

'Abstracting the Gardens'

Libby's experimenting with recording birdsong in watercolour. Yes, watercolour!

She's keen to show you her results so far.

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The Program:

Saturday 5th June  (World Environment Day)

'Conserving our Unique Australian Bush' Guided Walk

10.00am - 11.30am

Take a guided walk in the bush on World Environment Day 2021.  Learn why our beautiful Aussie bushland is an ecosystem worth conserving and restoring.

Tickets:  $5  

Friday 11th June 

'Abstracting the Gardens'  Watercolour Workshop by Libby Derham

10am - 2pm

Join watercolour artist Libby Derham as she guides you through explorations of loose and playful watercolour landscapes. All materials supplied.

Tickets:  $120 + booking fee

Saturday 12th June 

'Morning Bird Walk' with Ken Cross

7.30am - 9.30am

Ken Cross, an experienced Sunshine Coast birder, will lead us on an introductory bird walk. As we investigate likely bird habitats throughout The Gardens, we'll use sight and sound to identify as many species as we can.

Tickets:  $12

Sunday 13th June 

'Walking Whilst Drawing' Sensory Walk

9am - 10.30am

Join watercolour artist Libby Derham as she takes you on an immersive sensory drawing walk through the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden.

All materials supplied.

Tickets:  $12

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Don't miss out on Libby's Workshops!  Book early.

Friday 11th June   10am - 2pm

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Sunday 13th June   10am - 11.30am

Tuesday 15th June 

'Trees for Change' Guided Walk

10am - 11am

From climate change to personal well-being, there are local species we can use to improve our natural, social and personal environments.

This guided walk takes a new look at trees, exploring their role in helping us make small changes for big reasons.

Tickets:  $5

Wednesday 16th June 

Backyard Birdbath Making Workshop

9am - 10.30am

A birdbath is a lovely invitation to your neighbourhood birds to visit your garden.


Now's your chance to learn how to make one! We'll step you through the process using a mix of demonstration and audience participation.

Tickets:  $10

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Friday 18th June 

'Bush Fragments' Wall HangingWorkshop

9am - 12md

Using dried branches, bark, leaves and seeds from local native plant species, you'll create an original, rustic art piece to take home and proudly hang on your wall.

No experience necessary.

All materials will be supplied

Tickets:  $15

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