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Saturday, 23 July 2022

World Nature Conservation Day in Nature in Focus


‘Nature in Focus’
Old Barn Gallery,
18 Beltana Road, Pialligo
10.00am to 4.00pm
28 - 31 July
Free Admission

Coinciding with World Nature Conservation Day on 28 July, this exhibition presents some delightful images of flora and fauna captured through the camera lens of our NatureArt Lab community. This is a free event celebrating amazing local nature photographers and a chance to mingle with like-minded nature lovers.

For more information and details here

‘Nature in Focus’
 Old Barn Gallery,
18 Beltana Road, Pialligo
10.00am to 4.00pm 
28 - 31 July
Free Admission

Coinciding with World Nature Conservation Day on 28 July, this exhibition presents some delightful images of flora and fauna captured through the camera lens of our NatureArt Lab community. This is a free event celebrating amazing local nature photographers and a chance to mingle with like-minded nature lovers.

Subjects range from Canberra’s gorgeous flame robin, dancing egrets or gnarly banksias through to fascinating macrophotography of fungi in Tasmania... and much more!

Many of the framed photographs in this event are available for purchase. Meet the photographers and hear their stories and nature connections.

Science Teachers Association of ACT in-person 'Christmas in July' event at Geoscience Australia

Educators in the Canberra region are invited to register and attend Science Educators’ Association of the Australian Capital Territory SEAACT's in-person 

'Christmas in July' event at: Geoscience Australia, Canberra, on

 Friday July 29, 2022 from 4 to 6 pm.

You will undertake a 3D experience to visualise the Earth's interior in our newly upgraded 3D theatre as well as a presentation from one of our scientists Dr. Sarlae McAlpine.

Dr Sarlae McAlpine – Director of Strategic Basins, will talk about how GA ensures strict environmental guidelines are maintained during resource delineation and development.

As usual, this Professional Learning event offers a great opportunity to network with like minded teachers, with drinks and nibbles a plenty. Come along to Geoscience and bring a friend to two. 

 Tickets can be purchased through here -

See the attached flyer for more information.

For more Geoscience Australia Education programs check out their July  Education Updates. 

Science Educators’ Association of the Australian Capital Territory

Sunday, 10 July 2022

June 2022 AAEEACT Update-Viv Pearce OAM, Convenor 

Yuma ACT Environmental Educators, 
with freezing temperature, views of snow-capped mountains and winter viruses rampant, we are a hardy group of educators. 
Despite chilly temperatures 17 educators attended our Twilight networking event for Term 2, at the new, still to be officially opened Wildbark Education Centre (Mulligans Flat), followed by a Twilight Threatened Species Walk on June16. Thank you to our Executive members Andrew O'Meara (Education Co-coordinator Woodlands and Wetlands Trust) and Karon Campell (great food!) for making this special night happen. 

Brave and Making a Change: May 27-June 3 Reconciliation Week 
At our online June meeting, participants considered ‘What would our chapter and individuals do in the coming year to make a change, as part of our Reconciliation Action Plan. During the discussion we tapped into participants ideas and enthusiasm around reconciliation with our First nations people.
Firstly, we discussed what reconciliation looks like in Australia. We considered changing the wording in our Chapter’s Acknowledgement of Country. Canberra has claims to country which are still to be fully resolved. Should support for the Uluru Statement and Treaty be included? We decided more discussion and research was needed before an informed decision can be made. We talked about what links we already had with First Nation people and how we might increase our exchanges of ideas. 

The possibility of future walks on country and increasing our cultural awareness were also raised. We shared resources around cultural protocols, curriculum links, new website for Indigenous Science Network, Landcare videos with tips on how to create a Bush Food Garden, First Nation exhibitions at National Museum and National Art Gallery. Finally, NAIDOC Week July 3-10, with theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! was flagged. Hopefully we will be able to mark this week by sharing ideas and resources around reconciliation with our extended Environmental Education Network in the ACT.

Ranger Viv Pearce facilitating an Indigenous Plant Use Program at ANBG for local Conservation Council Board on their Annual Planning Meeting in Reconciliation Week

In early May Members attended Community Rally- Save Lawson Grasslands, to raise awareness of these special grasslands, and to ask Federal Election candidates how they will step up to protect them. Our local member NatureArt Lab facilitated artist and artwork for signs . 

Monday, 13 June 2022

Congratulations Sue Jones OAM

Congratulations to AAEE member, Sue Jones, on recently announced OAM for Dance and Environmental Education! Sue is a long-term member of ACT Executive and 2020 ACT Environmental Educator. Since the early 1980’s Sue has linked scientific and environmental concepts to dance and drama to tell important stories about the natural world. Sue has a decades-long pioneering legacy in ‘environmental theatre’, an expressive form of environmental education. For details of Sue as a champion and innovator of 'Environmental theatre' in Australia, click here


Thursday, 2 June 2022

ACT Environmental Education Excellence Awards 2022

Do you know an inspiring ACT Environmental Educator?

The 2022 ACT Environmental Education Excellence awards are now open.

The ACT Environmental Education Excellence Awards recognise individuals exhibiting leadership and making notable contributions to promote environmental education, understanding, action, and agency. 

In 2022, there are two Award categories for AAEE ACT Environmental Education Excellence.

1.         Award One - ACT Excellence in Environmental Education (AAEE National open award nomination)          

Submissions Form Closes Friday 15 July, 2022.

2.      Award Two - ACT Emerging Environmental Educator

Submissions Form Closes Friday 9 October, 2022.  

How to apply: 

1. Download the submission form, complete details and submit before the closing date. 

2: Contact for support for your application. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

For inspiration, take a look at previous ACT awardee's nominations - 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

AAEE ACT members network event - Exclusive Wildbark Twilight tour

 Members and Friends  

Winter Wildbark Twilight Tour

Yuma Australian Environmental Education ACT Chapter Members and Friends!

 AAAEE ACT Chapter invites all members to come and join us for our next networking meeting at Wildbark Centre (Mulligans Flat) for an exclusive twilight winter walk and look at the new Wildbark Visitors centre with our very own Andrew O'Meara (Education and Outreach Co-coordinator Woodlands and Wetlands Trust).

Wildbark Learning Centre is a gateway through time, allowing us to enter from the quiet suburb of Forde and exit into a near pre-European bushland known as Goorooyarroo Nature reserve, a part of the Mulligans Flat Woodland Experiment. Wildbark is the culmination of a joint venture between The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust and the Odonata Foundation, along with partnerships with the ACT Government and Australian National University. 

Join us for this exclusive AAEE ACT twilight Winter Tour and step back in time with the Wildbark team, to explore a pre-european ecosystem. Learn all about the species that have been lost from the area, as well as the animals being brought back to resume their rightful place in our Box Gum Grassy Woodlands ecological community.

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Yuma ! ACT Environmental Educators!

 National Reconciliation Week 2022 (27 MAY TO 3 JUNE)"BE BRAVE. MAKE CHANGE."

This is the first year of AAEE Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). What can we do here in ACT? This Thursday( June 2) during Reconciliation Week we will hold our monthly Executive meeting and brainstorm ideas for our Chapter. I will be brave and give the Acknowledgement of Country in Ngunawal for the first time at an AAEE meeting. Thank you to Tyronne Bell, Ngunawal custodian and ANBG education for making this possible. If you have ideas for our Chapter, email us at, if you would like to attend discussion (online),this Thursday afternoon, let us know and we will send you the link. I hope to share our ideas in the June AAEE national publication OzEE News, sharing with other environmental educators interstate is always a great idea.

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations, and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. This year we are asking everyone to make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise.

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Find out more about National Reconciliation Week

Vivienne Pearce OAM
President AAEEACT and member AAEE National Executive

YOUR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION - Working Towards Sustainability
Sharing learning | Working for change | Developing professionally

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country and waters on which we live and work and pay our respects to elders past, present and future.