It is with great regret and reluctance that we have decided to postpone the YNC campout this weekend at Wattleridge. The wet weather system which is approaching from the south west will bring considerable rain or prolonged showers to the Guyra area and combined with the cool conditions and concerns from the Aboriginal landholders we thought it prudent to postpone the camp until early 2018. Sorry folks.
I am intending to put out a notice of a December outing (spotlighting at Bruxner Park) over the next week, so we will at least have something to bring us together before the new year.
– Andrew Turbill
An Aboriginal owned and managed area, we are fortunate to have been invited to hold our first annual YNC camp-out at Wattle Ridge.
The Wattle Ridge IPA is a beautiful natural areas situated to the west of Dorrigo. This will be an opportunity to learn no-match primitive fire making, campfire cooking and bush navigation skills, as well as develop knowledge of the Aboriginal cultural importance of the site.
The Young Naturalists Club strives to create life-changing experiences and promote nature awareness for young people.
The Young Naturalists Club (YNC) is a club for budding young nature-lovers who, with support and guidance from adult mentors, can develop their naturalist observation skills into lifelong learning. The group meets one Sunday morning per month to explore a range of local environments and engage in birdwatching, animal tracking, canoeing, snorkelling, beachcombing and other naturalist skills.
A box of fresh, local fruit, nuts and other snacks are kindly supplied free of charge at each YNC outing for morning tea by our generous sponsor, Bello Food Box.
Walks are led by Andrew Turbill and Karina Davila (both of whom also work for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife). Most outings also have a special guest – including a local ecologist, botanist, marine biologist, or field tracker who provides specialist insights for the group on location. Andrew and Karina volunteer their time.
Who can attend?
YNC is for anyone aged 10-15. Children interested in joining should have a strong interest in nature, are able to participate in group activities which require quiet observation and concentration, and are independent. Participants should be self-motivated and be willing to mix easily with a smallish group of like-minded students.
All attendees need to members of CEL to be covered by our insurance (youth membership is $20/year).
We aim to create the next generation of field ecologists.
Supported by adult mentors and in a unique learning environment, participants learn directly from experts about the different ecosystems while developing their passion and curiosity and self-led investigations into the natural world.
How much does it cost?
COST: $10 per child per outing
NOTE – NEW PAYMENT SYSTEM for the remainder of 2017
1. Fill out the form on the right to register your child as a 2017 YNC “Member”. (Fill out one form per child attending).
How do I book?
To book for a YNC event, please email Andrew on theagitator(AT)bigpond.com
If anyone would like to offer car pooling for taking other children to any of the outings please just email Andrew and arrangements can hopefully be made between parents.
- Binoculars (if you have them)
- Magnifying glass (if you have one)
- Water and snack
- Shoes and clothes suitable for walking off-track
- Small sketch book and pencil/sharpener/pocket knife
- Rain jacket (if weather looks iffy).
- Small backpack to carry the above
Please email Andrew on theagitator(AT)bigpond.com with any questions or text him on 0428 205 554 the night before if you have any last minute questions.