The Geelong Nature Forum has been transformed
into a two-month exhibition, complemented by a range of outdoor activities.
In response to the impact of COVID-19
restrictions, the City and other organisers have updated the original program
to focus on outdoor activities and an exhibition that will be displayed over an
The National Wool Museum is hosting a varied Geelong
Nature Forum Exhibition, featuring:
- The Alphabet Bird Project, which showcases artworks by year 4 students portraying 26 threatened bird species in the Geelong region;
- Local nature volunteer group and agency displays; and
- A moving visual and audio experience of the Barwon River.
Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan said the
exhibition, with a theme of ‘Where The Rivers Run’, would be shown until 28
“The Geelong Nature Forum celebrates our
waterways and the nature volunteer groups that work to protect them, while
engaging a new generation of conservationists.
“Organisers have moved quickly to modify the
program, while still maximising the chance for people to discover more of our
natural wonders and better understand our environment.”
While plans for a series of presenters and hosted
stalls have been put on hold, all scheduled outdoor nature-based activities from
28 September to 3 October were able to go ahead.
This includes a guided walk along the Green
Spine in Malop Street, which will include a discussion about how great cities
are influenced by biodiversity and biophilic design.
Other outdoor activities were held across
diverse attractions such as Eastern Beach, Moorabool River, Barwon River,
Brisbane Ranges and Sparrovale-Nubitj yoorree Wetlands.
Councillor Jim Mason, Chair, Environment
Portfolio, said the exhibition was accessible to all ages and levels of
“Whether it’s in the National Wool Museum,
along our coastline, rivers or wetlands, or on the Green Spine, there’s many
ways for people to safely connect with our animal and plant life.
“The program is for the curious, the
adventurous and for those want to learn more about how to enhance our natural world.”
Residents can wander the completed section of
the Green Spine to view the range of decals featuring illustrations of the
local waterway and wetland birds, drawn by primary school students.
Thanks to Revitalising Central Geelong, there is
also a range of material for families to collect, such as Alphabet Bird posters
and activity sheets featuring indigenous plants of central Geelong.
The Geelong Nature Forum is organised by the
City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Field Naturalists Club and Friends of the
Barwon and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
It is sponsored by the Corangamite Catchment
Management Authority and Barwon Water.