Calendar of Free Activities

Unless otherwise stated, these activities are free for everyone thanks to the generosity of our funders, volunteers, partners & friends.
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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


1st – 31st July 2022
PLASTIC FREE JULY
Want some tips to find out how you can reduce plastic waste? You can start out small, or really challenge yourself! Get inspired at plasticfreejuly.org/get-involved/what-you-can-do
Would you like to learn what plastics can be recycled in WA? Take the Greenius Quiz to check how good your recycling knowledge is.

Still confused about which plastics can be recycled in the Mandurah district? Here’s a quick guide:
• Plastics which are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 go into your general waste bin.
• Plastics numbered 5 (polyethylene) go into your recycling (commingled) bin.
• Plastics numbered 6 (polystyrene) go into your general waste bin except rigid yoghurt and margarine containers which can be recycled.
• Plastics numbered 7 (bisphenol, etc.) go into your general waste bin except baby milk bottles, safety glasses, headlight lenses and water cooler bottles which can be recycled.
• Unnumbered plastics go into your general waste bin.
• Please take your soft plastics to your nearest REDcycle Bin.

To reduce plastic pollution, the Western Australian Government is implementing a state-wide ban on the supply of certain plastic items, enforceable from 1 July 2022. To find out what this means for you or your business/organisation, including what items will be banned, there is a free presentation at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Centre on Wednesday 20th July 12.30-2.00pm.
Find out more and book your free ticket.


Commencing 1st July 2022
HELP US PLANT A THOUSAND TREES
Would you like to see more trees in your neighbourhood? Would you like more shade when walking along the footpath? Would you like to see more scenic pedestrian routes throughout Mandurah? Do you like the idea of wildlife corridors that link together to boost native flora and fauna, and restore biodiversity?
If so please drop us a line as we will need lots of help with this project, including PLANTING!


Saturday 2nd July 2022 · 1.30pm – 3.30pm
SEED LIBRARY LAUNCH with SABRINA HAHN
The City of Mandurah Seed Library is a collection of free seeds that you can use to plant, grow and enjoy at home. A seed library is for all community members who are either just beginning to get their edible gardens started or have been growing their gardens for years!
There will be a presentation by Sabrina Hahn from 2pm to 3pm followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.
Free afternoon tea will be provided and there is lots more to enjoy, including:
· New collection of gardening books to view and borrow;
· Purchase a copy of one of Sabrina Hahn’s books for signing by Sabrina;
· Meet and chat with members from Lakelands Community Gardens;
· Take some free vegetable, herb and flower seeds to grow in your garden;
· Simple craft activities for children to keep them entertained.
Venue: Lakelands Library and Community Centre.
Find out more and book your free place.


3rd – 10th July 2022
NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATIONS
The National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Mandurah Museum has a free art and stories exhibition from 29th June to 17th July to showcase how Noongar people live on, enjoyed and cared for the land, courtesy of local Bindjareb artist Gloria Kearing and local students. Find out more.
Inspired by Gloria’s stories, children (aged 5-11) can make a pom-pom turtle on 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th July 10.30am – 11.30am.  They can decorate this with their own unique pattern and take it home to play with. Find out more and book your child’s free place.


Thursday 7th July 2022 · 6.00pm – 8.00pm
BECOME A SHELLFISH GARDENER
The Nature Conservancy and partners are hosting a  Shellfish Gardening workshop for the Peel-Harvey Estuary. Learn about shellfish gardening and how it contributes to the shellfish reef restoration projects in the Peel-Harvey Estuary. Find out how the program works, how to use the Shellfish Gardening App and how you could help benefit the future health of the Peel-Harvey Estuary. There will also be an update on the pilot shellfish reef construction and some highlights from the recent reef life survey. Light refreshments will be provided.
Venue: Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club
Find out more and book your free place.


Monday 11th July 2022 · 4.30pm – 6.00pm
MANDURAH ENVIRONMENT & HERITAGE GROUP COMMITTEE MEETING
Members are welcome to attend our monthly meeting in person at or on Zoom.
Make Place is closing its doors, so our July meeting will be held at Mandurah Library. 
Contact us to check the meeting is still going ahead, or to send in your ideas for the committee to discuss, or to find out the Zoom passcode.
Join MEHG or renew your membership. IT’S FREE!
Volunteers are currently needed for: organising activities, assisting at events, planting trees and taking the minutes when the secretary is away. Join us!


Friday 22nd July 2022 · 8.30am
BIRD LOVERS WALK around ST IVES PENINSULA RESERVE
Join the Mandurah Bird Observers Group for a stroll around the reserve to observe the bird activity there.
· Meeting point, etc. to be advised. Please check back here nearer the time.
· BYO chair, morning tea, binoculars, repellent and suitable footwear.
· RSVP: Bill King 9534 9913 or email newbill13@bigpond.com
Mandurah Bird Observers Group have been bringing bird lovers together for over 30 years and normally have outings on the 4th Friday of each month. The 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.
There are over 120 species of birds in the Peel Region and numbers increase during the migratory season.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about our wonderful bird life and how to identify birds.
Last month’s trip to Marlee Reserve brought some surprises with some birds not seen in the area before, with a total of 30 different species observed!


Saturday 23rd July 2022 · 1.00pm
BOUVARD COASTCARE AGM
Our friends at Bouvard Coast Care Group are holding their Annual General Meeting on 23rd July at the Bouvard Surf Life Saving Club. Everyone welcome, especially if you’re interested meeting your neighbours or getting involved with coast care and doing some good for your community and the environment. Find out more.


Sunday 31st July 2022 · 9.00am – 11.00am
FRIENDS OF SAMPHIRE COVE NATURE RESERVE
It’s planting and mulching time at Samphire Cove, and the Friends need your help:
Planters: Please bring your own spade and watering can!
Mulchers: Bring a wheelbarrow or container to help spread the mulch.
Please bring gloves, insect repellent, hand sanitiser, water and your own morning tea.
The Friends of Samphire Cove meet on the last Sunday of each month 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.
In the summer months the Friends ensure the watering of new plants is a priority. They stop at 10.30am for BYO morning tea and to greet visitors.
Visit them on Facebook for all the latest news.
The Friends celebrated their ten year anniversary on 27 March 2022. Find out more.


Sunday 31st July 2022 · 9.00am – 12.00pm
NATIONAL TREE DAY ACTIVITIES
Plant some trees with us in Duverney Park, Coodanup at this family-friendly day out with activities focused on environmental education. We will be having an activity and information stall, and there will be lots of kids activities and a special celebration of local indigenous species including a featured six seasons planting, guided by Winjan Aboriginal Rangers.
· Get your hands in the soil and learn tips for good planting;
· Learn about our native plants and take away a free native seedling;
· Help build a city that is beautiful, stays cool and healthy, and supports our wildlife;
· Connect with groups and initiatives to care for the environment all year round;
· Join in the games from Youth Services and hands-on environmental art activities;
· Enjoy the free BBQ from Mandurah Lions Club, including vegetarian options.
Find out more.


Sunday 31st July 2022 · 10.00am – 12.00pm 
ATTEND A FREE WATERWISE VERGE WORKSHOP
Attend a workshop this winter to receive free plants, vouchers, seeds, mulch etc. towards your verge transformation and learn how to successfully transform your verge into a bird-friendly water-wise garden and save water, money and time!
You are encouraged to start preparing your lawns and verges in the autumn so your new verge can be installed as soon as possible after the workshop to take advantage of the rains.
To be eligible you must agree to the following:
• Provide ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos of your verge.
• Prepare your verge for the new installation. Find out more.
• Ensure your verge is compliant with the City of Mandurah’s Verge Development Guidelines. 
Venue: Falcon Pavilion, Lynda Street, Falcon 6210
Register here.
Use the Water Corporation’s native plants search tool to find out which waterwise plants will thrive in your area.


Saturday 8th + Sunday 9th October 2022
WETLANDS WEEKENDER
Save the Date for PHCC’s Wetlands Weekender. Watch this space for more details as they become available.


Every Tuesday · 8.30-11.30am
PAINTING IN OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
With the Mandurah Plein Air Artists. Mention MEHG and enjoy your first 3 sessions free.
Find out more: https://mandurahpleinair.com and www.facebook.com/groups/503384883171190


Every Wednesday at Sunrise
OCEAN DIPS AT A MANDURAH BEACH
Cold Nips is an ice breaking Australian wide community movement open to any and everyone. Their core beliefs include connection, nature and finding meaning.
It all starts with an early alarm, a shared cold water sunrise dip then followed by sips and real connection. Dip, Nip n  Sip!
They aim to promote wellbeing, understanding and positive mental health among people, so that we may all live a happier, healthier and fuller life.
Find out more at facebook.com/Cold_Nips-112612873559474


Fridays 4.00pm – 5.15pm  (3 times a month)
MANDURAH HISTORY – LIFE IN THE PAST LANE 
This event can be attended online on Facebook within the discussion tab of the event.
Presented by the Mandurah Museum, this Facebook Live event will bring the audience through key events in Mandurah history. Questions and answers will also feature throughout.


Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays · 9.30am-11.00am 
FREE GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF MANDURAH’S WATERWAYS
Departing from the Mandurah Visitor Centre, this walk will take you on a journey around Mandjar Bay and the Eastern Foreshore. The tour provides an overview of Mandurah and its history and discovers places of interest and quirky art installations along the way.
Find out more and book your free place.


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 BIRD NESTING BOX or 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
In the meantime, get some inspiration from www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/bird-box/13599442
Download this PDF for more information about the nest boxes.
Download this PDF for more information about fairy terns.


MORE FREE ACTIVITIES including STUFF FOR KIDS
• Visit Nature Link’s Backyard Biodiversity Blitz
• Bring Nature Home and Rewild Your Garden


CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Due to unforeseen circumstances we can no longer offer a screening of the educational movie 2040: Join the Regeneration
Also the interactive citizen science workshop about the Black Bream Project in the Peel-Harvey Waterways can no longer proceed. 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


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