The Season’s & Cycles event series was developed as a part of environmental grant funding that came through the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority, as a part of the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country grant program.
The original project developed an online regional biodiversity calendar for the communities surrounding the coastal end of the Hawkesbury River, including Pittwater, Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Gosford City Councils.
The regional biodiversity calendar project conducted the Seasons & Cycles nature walks and talks to engage people in the local natural environment. The aim of the activities was to connect, educate and inspire people to be more aware of the natural world around us, its/our connectivity and the cultural heritage within these natural areas.
Each event series included Aboriginal facilitators who disseminated fascinating information, knowledge and stories including the ever-flamboyant Les McLeod - Aboriginal Discovery Ranger and the fascinating Fran Bodkin – D’harawal knowledge-holder.
Fran & Les would pass on knowledge & tell stories of the natural environment including the relevance of seasons and cycles as they guided people on walks in beautiful natural areas within Sydney.
Some of the sites visited included Muogamarra Nature Reserve (near Berowra Waters), Bobbin Head in the Ku-ring-gai National Park, Angophora Reserve (Avalon) and Somersby Falls in the Gosford area. All these areas were chosen, as they are rich in culture, history as well as native food & medicinal plans.
These events were developed in partnership between Tina Demetriou – The Event Consultant & Mia Dalby-Ball – Dragonfly Environmental.
A nature-based activity to bring people together, experience the wonderment of our beautiful natural environment, share knowledge and stories.
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Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority (HNCMA) & Australian Government