Calendar of Free Activities

Unless otherwise stated, these activities are free for everyone thanks to the generosity of our funders, volunteers, partners & friends.
Please share our events on Facebook. Also, please consider becoming a member of MEHG for only $10 a year. Active members can seek reimbursement for personal equipment, training, expenses and Working with Children cards, subject to funding.
Do you have a free environmental activity that you would like posted here? Or are you interested in becoming a volunteer to help us at our events? All enquiries to info@mehg.org.au


Sunday 19th May 2024 · 2.00pm – 4.00pm
WEEDING THE BANKS OF THE HARVEY RIVER
The Harvey River Restoration Taskforce invite you to join in with this community weeding afternoon, followed by coffee and cake.
Find out more: jane.townsend@hrrt.org.au or 9733 2628.
Please share on Facebook. 


Until Tuesday 21st May 2024
FOOD FOR THOUGHT WORKSHOPS and GUIDED RIVER WALKS
The City of Mandurah is providing these activities free of charge, but registration is essential.
Find out more about the workshops: Food for Thought – Be a GREAT Sort
Find out more about the Joseph and Dulcie Nannup Trail Guided Bush Walks.


Wednesday 22nd May 2024 · 11.30am – 2.00pm
CELEBRATORY LUNCH for HERITAGE VOLUNTEERS
During National Volunteer Week we will be having a special event at Mandurah Museum to:
👉 Honour and acknowledge the MEHG volunteers, museum volunteers, members and volunteers at Mandurah Historical Society, and other heritage volunteers – past, present and future!
👉 Recognise and thank everyone who contributed to the Australian Heritage Festival 18 April – 19 May.
👉 Celebrate the rich and diverse stories of Mandurah, strengthen cultural and historical ties and forge new bonds.
👉 Celebrate our link to people, places and the past, and the enduring connections that will shape the future of heritage in Mandurah.
As well as a buffet lunch, there will be tours of the museum, a Putt Putt Motor exhibition, a slideshow in the school room, speeches, awards, Q&A and entertainment.
Anyone wishing to volunteer in the heritage sector is welcome to attend. (Mandurah Museum is a Centrelink-approved voluntary work organisation.)
Advance bookings essential for catering purposes. Email info@mehg.org.au to book your place.
Prior to the event there will be a small group Guided Heritage Tour of Mandurah at 10.00am by museum volunteer David Austin. Bookings are essential.
Please share on Facebook.
This event is supported by the City of Mandurah, Volunteering WA and Lotterywest.


Wednesday 22nd May 2024 · 6.00pm – 8.30pm
REDUCING WASTE IN AN EARLY YEARS SETTING
Join Little Green Steps WA in partnership with the Waste Authority WA, to learn about what waste is, tips on how to best manage waste in your services, and information on how the City of Mandurah manages waste and how they can assist you.
With demonstrations and participation of hands-on activities related to waste that are suitable in your Early Years setting, this workshop will show how waste is linked to the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards.
👉 Venue: Falcon Library & Community Centre, Corner of Flavia and Cobblers Street, Falcon WA 6210
👉 This is a free event but registration is mandatory: trybooking.com/CRCUZ
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Friday 24th May 2024 at 8.30am
BIRD WATCHING OUTING
The next Mandurah Bird Observers Group outing will be to Len Howard Conservation Park.
👉 BYO: Chair, morning tea, binoculars, camera, drinking water, insect repellent and suitable footwear/clothing for bush track walking.
👉 Meeting Point: The carpark at the end of Mandurah Quay Drive, Erskine 6210.
👉 RSVP: Bill King on 9534 9913 or at newbill1338@outlook.com
This group visits the beautiful waterways and bush areas in and around Mandurah to observe what species of birds are in the area. They record the species identified and report their findings to Birdlife Australia.
They have been bringing bird lovers together for over 30 years and normally have outings on the 4th Friday of each month.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about our wonderful bird life and how to identify birds.
There are over 120 species of birds in the Peel Region, and numbers increase during the migratory season.
View the Mandurah Bird Observers Group program for 2024 (subject to change).


Sunday 26th May 2024 · 9.00am – 11.00am
FRIENDS OF SAMPHIRE COVE NATURE RESERVE
The Friends of Samphire Cove meet on the last Sunday of each month and mid-month as well to carry out flora and fauna rehabilitation and to tidy up this special waterside A Class reserve on the corner of Wedgetail Retreat and Egret Point Road, Halls Head.
Jobs for May include weeding, sweeping paths, picking up rubbish and probably watering.
If you would like to join in, please bring gloves, drinking water, insect repellent, hand sanitiser and your favourite tools/equipment, e.g. weeding tool, leaf rake, watering can.
The Friends will stop for BYO morning tea and a catch-up at the Information Shelter at 10.30am.
Visit the Friends of Samphire Cove on Facebook for all the latest news.


Sunday 26th May 2024 · From 9.00am
KARNAK PARKWAY COMMUNITY RUBBISH CLEANUP
Chester and the Dawesville Community Cleanup Volunteers invite you to join in with this quick rubbish pickup.
👉 Meet: At the end of Karnak Parkway In the cul-de-sac circled green in this picture.
👉 Park: Along the street edge.
👉 Bring: Water and wear gloves, long sleeves, hat and boots if you can as the rubbish does get tangled deep in the bushes.
👉 Share: facebook.com/events/813610740676729
Bags and tongs provided by Keep Australia Beautiful. The rubbish collected will be picked up by the City of Mandurah.


Wednesday 29th May – Saturday 1st June 2024
COLLECT PLANT LOPPINGS
Help the Bouvard Coast Care Group with brush collection and delivery to the planting site. Time and location TBC.
👉 For more info please email: brushing@bouvardcoastcare.org


Thursday 30th May 2024 · 3.00pm – 5.30pm
CELEBRATING KARINGA CAMPSITE and OLD WELL
Everyone is welcome to this National Reconciliation Week event at Karinga Road campsite in Harry Perry Park, which has a history dating back more than 50,000 years. The campsite was part of a network of places that Bindjareb Noongar people used for camping, accessing water and gathering food.
There will be an unveiling of the new plaque acknowledging the long-standing connection of people to this place and an afternoon of free activities including:
👉  Bindjareb Cultural Ceremony and yarning
👉  Afternoon tea for the whole community
👉  Children’s games and activities
Location: Harry Perry Park, Guillardon Terrace, Madora Bay. Bus Route 584.
The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2024 Now More Than Ever is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will, and must, continue.


Sunday 2nd June 2024 · 9.00am
BOUVARD COAST CARE GROUP’S MEGA PLANTING EVENT
Help the BCCG members to plant 1200 plants to restore the dunes. Meet at Tims Thicket beach carpark.
Participants will be ferried to the site by 4WD. Wear long trousers, closed in shoes and gloves, and bring a trowel. Some stick planters are available for those with rum backs! Mega sausage sizzle to finish.
👉 For more info please email Alex Pinkster at planting@bouvardcoastcare.org


Now until 7th June 2024
HAVE YOUR SAY on URBAN GREENING
The Western Australian Planning Commission’s Perth and Peel Urban Greening Strategy aims to enhance existing tree canopy and create additional green spaces throughout our urban areas.
This strategy will include the following measures:
• Increasing support for planting programs
• Reporting on tree canopy data
• Education and awareness programs on the importance of urban greening
• Increasing awareness of the urban heat island effect, with emphasis on identification and mitigation
• Establishing green linkages and investigating greening opportunities on State Government land that has not been used effectively
• Utilising urban greening grant programs
Have your say and help inform the strategy by 7th June.


Saturday 15th June 2024 · From 9.00am
COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING
You’re invited to join Men of the Trees (Peel) and friends to plant native trees and shrubs along one of the Mandurah Nature Trails.
This year’s location is the Mandurah Terrace side of Tindale Reserve, near Gamol Place.
👉 Please bring: Filled water bottle, chair, gloves and spade.
👉 Enquiries to: Pamela on 0410 007906 or email mottsecretary@gmail.com
👉 Please share on Facebook.
This planting is supported by the City of Mandurah’s Embrace a Space program.


Saturday 15th June 2024 · 10.00am – 12.00pm   
WATERWISE VERGE WORKSHOP  
At Bortolo Pavilion, Greenfields.
Learn how to successfully transform your verge into a bird-friendly waterwise garden and save water, money and time!
This environmentally-friendly Waterwise Verge Makeover Incentive Program is run by the City of Mandurah and is free for local residents wishing to nurture a waterwise garden on their verge. The plants chosen for waterwise gardens require less water and maintenance, help cool the local area, and are great for supporting other plants and wildlife around the City.
To receive free plants, vouchers, seeds, mulch etc. towards your verge transformation, find out more and book your free place.


Before Sunday 16th June 2024
ADD YOUR NAME TO STRENGTHEN WA’S COASTAL SANCTUARIES
Did you know that Australia’s Great Southern Reef has more unique species than the Great Barrier Reef?
But there is currently zero sanctuary protection along this 1000km stretch of WA’s south coastal reef!
With temperate species at higher risk of extinction than tropical species, the WA government’s creation of a marine park is an excellent first step, but there are crucial areas of sanctuary missing in the draft plans.
The WA government is asking for your feedback on the plans, and it only takes a couple of minutes to add your name to the suggested improvements.
See how: https://www.saveourmarinelife.org.au/actions/southcoastmarinepark


Thursday 20th June 2024 · 5.00pm – 7.00pm
MANDURAH ENVIRONMENT & HERITAGE GROUP COMMITTEE MEETING

MEHG members and supporters are invited to our monthly meetings which are held on the third Thursday of the month at 5.00pm. Enormous thanks to Peel-Harvey Catchment Council for allowing us to meet in their state-of-the art shed at the rear of their premises at 58 Sutton Street, Mandurah.
Not a member yet? Join MEHG or renew your membership here.


Wednesday 26th June 2024 at 5.30pm
LAUNCH OF MANDURAH’S ENVIRONMENT STRATEGY 2023-2033
The City of Mandurah is officially launching its first-ever Environment Strategy at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre where you’ll have the chance to hear about the City’s environmental work, direction and priorities for the future and learn about the interconnection between the environment and human health and wellbeing from special guest speaker Phoebe George from the Telethon Kids Institute.
RSVP by Wednesday 12th June to polly.hammond@mandurah.wa.gov.au or phone 9550 3947.


Sunday 21st July 2024 at 5.00pm
SUNDOWNER WITH BOUVARD COAST CARE GROUP
Come along to Café Coast and enjoy an informal drink and chat with the BCCG members.
👉 Discussion Topic: Green Waste – Forthcoming Verge Raid!
👉 For more info please email brushing@bouvardcoastcare.org


Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August 2024 at 10.00am 
BRUSH COLLECTION & DELIVERY
The Bouvard Coast Care Group is looking for strong and fit participants for this event which takes place over 2 mornings over a weekend. Participants welcome for either or both days. Wear long trousers, closed in shoes and gloves. Sausage sizzle at lunchtime on both days. What is brushing?
👉 Meeting point – Melros Beach Carpark
👉 For more info please email brushing@bouvardcoastcare.org


Every Friday · 10.00am – 10.45am
NATURE PLAY TIME at LAKELANDS LIBRARY
Fun for kids with activities, games and story-time designed to inspire wonder and curiosity about the natural world and introduce young minds to nature’s beauty and diversity, nurturing a deep love for the great outdoors.
Enjoy craft activities using resources from the natural environment, encouraging creativity while connecting with nature’s elements.
Learn about the importance of protecting and preserving our world, instilling a sense of appreciation and responsibility towards cherishing our planet’s wellbeing.
Find out more.


Fridays & Saturdays · 11.00am – 12.00pm · Summer months only
GUIDED HERITAGE WALK OF MANDURAH
Discover the City’s history with a free foreshore heritage walking tour. This leisurely one hour walk starts and finishes at Mandurah Museum.
The Foreshore Heritage Tour provides information on the history of Mandurah’s pioneer settlers and an accurate portrayal of life as it once was. The informative narration showcases the past, the present, Mandurah’s indigenous cultural history, places of interest, pioneer families, their homes and their stories, community art installations and much more.
Bookings are required. Phone (08) 9550 3682.
Find out more.


PADDLING UP THE RIVER
We will be combining paddling with wildlife observation and learning about riverine habitat in conjunction with Canoe Trail Friends of Mandurah & Pinjarra and Friends of Rivers, Peel.
Suitable for beginners. Free hire of life jackets available (available in various sizes).
Register your interest by emailing info@mehg.org.au


BIRD WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS with ROBYN DEVENISH
Coming soon to a nature reserve near you. Small-group activity.
Binoculars provided courtesy of City of Mandurah community grants.
These tailor-made walks are free of charge, but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end if you enjoyed it.
Register your interest by emailing info@mehg.org.au


MAKE A FAIRY TERN CHICK SHELTER
In conjunction with your local Men’s Shed. Register your interest as a participant or a partner: info@mehg.org.au
Download this PDF for more information about fairy terns.


MORE FREE ACTIVITIES including STUFF FOR KIDS
👉 Free Eco Events between Mandurah & Perth with Switch Your Thinking
👉 More Free Events on the Sustainable Mandurah Facebook page
👉 Visit Nature Link’s Backyard Biodiversity Blitz
👉 Bring Nature Home and Rewild Your Garden 
👉 Visit Mandurah Community Gardens on Sat mornings & Tues afternoons
👉 Report a Bat Roost near you.
👉 Use the MyPestGuide to report pests and diseases.
👉 Record pest animal activity in your local area.
👉 Learn how to properly Recycle in Mandurah
👉 Learn 10 Easy Ways to save water in the home
👉 Adopt a Spot to keep it litter free
👉 Form or join an Embrace A Space group at your local reserve or park
👉 Free Online Training for Volunteers @ Volunteering WA
👉 Read the latest Bushland News from Parks and Wildlife
👉 Read the latest news from the WA Landcare Network


ON HOLD
The interactive citizen science workshop about the Black Bream Project in the Peel-Harvey Waterways is on hold. In the meantime, here is a condensed version for you, including an eleven-minute video: recfishwest.org.au/news/filling-the-peel-harvey-estuary-to-the-bream-with-the-important-fish-species


ABOUT
This webpage was created upon the receipt of a Restart Mandurah Grant from the City of Mandurah to provide free or very low-cost Covid-safe activities after the lockdown. Our 14-month activity program was entitled (Re)Connect With Nature and Learn Something New.


THANK YOU to our partners and sponsors.
MEHG is a member of the Mandurah Environmental Volunteer Alliance which supports many projects in our community and enhances volunteer capacity.
MEHG welcomes Polly Hammond who is the new Environment Engagement Officer.