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, why not become a member of MEHG because membership is free! Active members can seek reimbursement for personal equipment, training and expenses, 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


September 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!
Visit mehg.org.au/mandurah-nature-trails for more information.


September 2022
SUPPORT THE END of NATIVE FOREST LOGGING

This time last year WA Premier Mark McGowan announced the cessation of logging in our native forests.
Watch this short uplifting video.
The next 10-year Forest Management Plan is being prepared within government right now.
Now is a critical time to remind the Premier and Ministers of your unequivocal support for their promise to end native forest logging and protect at least 400,000 ha of forests forever.
Support Premier McGowan’s forest pledge.


24th – 26th September 2022
PLEIN AIR DOWN UNDER
Artists from all over the world are currently in town. Join in the fun of WA’s largest outdoor painting festival during the long weekend.
Plein Air Down Under is being held around Mandurah’s town centre, cultural precinct and the historic town of Pinjarra.
Find out more.


24th September – 24th October 2022
TREEmendous BIOSECURITY BLITZ
Whether you like to bushwalk, have trees in your backyard, in the local park or on your street, you can help protect our trees into the future by checking them for pests and diseases and reporting any you find during the Blitz.
30 days to look for, take a photo and send in a report of every tree pest and disease in your neighbourhood! Find out more.


Sunday 25th September 2022 · 9.00am – 11.00am
FRIENDS OF SAMPHIRE COVE NATURE RESERVE

The Friends of Samphire Cove meet on the last Sunday of each month (and sometimes mid-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.
If you would like to join in, please bring gloves, insect repellent, hand sanitiser and morning tea.
Jobs for September include weeding, sweeping paths and picking up rubbish. Maybe also watering the new plants if it has been dry. Please bring your favourite tools/equipment.
They stop at 11.00am for BYO morning tea. Visitors are normally greeted by the Friends at the Information Shelter inside the reserve.
Visit them on Facebook for all the latest news.
The Friends celebrated their ten year anniversary on 27 March 2022. Find out more.


Sunday 2nd October 2022 · 8.00am – 12.00pm
MULCH SPREADING in TINDALE RESERVE
Please help us to protect the seedlings planted with the help of the John Tonkin College students to enhance this reserve in Silver Sands as part of our Mandurah Nature Trails program.
· Wear: Protective clothing including gloves, insect repellent, sun screen.
· Bring one or more of the following: Wheel barrow, bucket, shovel, rake.
· BYO: Drinking water
· Meeting point: Gamol Place, Silver Sands 6210
· Enquiries: Jacob on 0458 916253 (phone or message)
This project received funding from the Australian Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program.


8th – 9th October 2022
WETLANDS WEEKENDER
· Ticketed Activities on Saturday 8th October: Check out the program.
· Free Activities on Sunday 9th October: Visit our stall at the Wonders of our Wetlands Festival on the Coodanup Foreshore between 8.30am and 12.30pm to enjoy a range of activities to engage curious minds of all ages. Also, browse a selection of vibrant market stalls with quality local arts and produce, and enjoy cultural dancing, live music and food vans. Find out more. 


Sunday 9th October 2022 · 9.00am – 11.00am
PAVE THE WAY
The Coastal Waste Warriors are partnering with the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and our local community to collect litter along the Coodanup Foreshore at this annual clean-up to welcome migratory shorebirds back to the Peel-Yalgorup System, where they will stay for the summer before returning to the northern hemisphere to breed.
Find out more.


Monday 10th October 2022 · 5.30pm – 7.00pm
MANDURAH ENVIRONMENT & HERITAGE GROUP COMMITTEE MEETING
Members are welcome to attend our monthly meeting in person at or on Zoom. Note the new later meeting time.
Whilst we search for another free venue, our October 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!


14th – 16th October 2022
MANDURAH ARTS FESTIVAL
This is an annual celebration of local heritage, stories, talents, and the built and natural environments that make Mandurah a unique and thriving cultural city, with a host of local and national artists and free performances on the Mandurah Foreshore.
We will be providing a range of free interactive all-abilities family-friendly activities, demonstrations and Merbear Adventures story telling; all with a local environmental theme. We will also be showcasing our projects including the Queen’s Jubilee Tree Planting throughout Mandurah, and our Next Boxes for threatened birds.
Find out more.


Sunday 23rd October 2022 · 8.00am – 12.00pm
LUCA’s LEGACY Reel-it-in CLEAN-UP EVENT
This massive clean-up is an annual event which takes place along Mandurah’s waterways, in memory of Luca the young dolphin who died after becoming entangled in fishing line. Details will be published soon about all the participating land-based and water-based sites in Mandurah and Dawesville. But you can get ahead of the curve by registering with Mandurah Cruises who will be hosting the Peel-Harvey Estuary Islands’ zone, taking volunteers to the Creery Wetlands and Boundary Island to collect rubbish, before enjoying a sausage sizzle, salad rolls, drinks and a prize raffle. This is a family event ~ children are welcome under adult supervision. Please email natalie@mandurahcruises.com.au if you would like to volunteer ~ spots are limited!


Wednesday 26th October 2022 · 4.30pm – 7.00pm
PEEL-HARVEY ESTUARY FORUM
Come along and hear from DWER, PHCC and community members who are protecting the estuary and its ecological, cultural and economic values.
Venue: The Sebel, 1 Marco Polo Drive, Mandurah 6210
Find out more.


Saturday 29th October 2022 · 8.00am – 12.00pm
MULCH SPREADING, WATERING & PLANTING IN RIVERSIDE GARDENS RESERVE
Please help us to enhance this beautiful reserve in Greenfields as part of our Mandurah Nature Trails program.
· Wear: Protective clothing including gloves, insect repellent, sun screen.
· Bring one or more of the following: Wheel barrow, bucket, shovel, rake, watering can, trowel.
· BYO: Drinking water
· Meeting point: Car park opposite 9 Redcliffe Road, Greenfields 6210
· Enquiries: Jacob on 0458 916253 (phone or message)
This project received funding from the Australian Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program.


Now until Monday 31st October 2022
WILD AT ART · Australia’s biggest wildlife art competition for kids
Let children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about Australia’s threatened animals and plants – and the threats facing them. Children aged 5-12 are invited to create an original artwork of one of Australia’s many threatened native animals or plants, along with a short written component on their chosen threatened species.
Online submissions are open until 31 October. Find out more.


Saturday 26th November 2022
ACF NIGHT OUT FOR NATURE
Join thousands of nature lovers across Australia and spend a Night Out For Nature. Set up a tent in your backyard, a friend’s place or your favourite camping spot this November, and help raise much-needed funds to protect and restore nature, and bring our precious wildlife back from the brink.
By getting out under the stars, and asking your friends and family to support the Australian Conservation Foundation’s work to save our big backyard, you’ll connect with nature and spread awareness about Australia’s devastating extinction crisis and what we can do about it.
Registration is free. Find out more.


Every Tuesday · 8.30am – 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
Plein Air Down Under invites local, national and international artists to join in the fun of WA’s largest outdoor painting festival in Mandurah and Pinjarra during the long weekend of 24-26 September 2022. Find out more.


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
• Free Eco Events Perth to Serpentine with Switch Your Thinking
• Visit Nature Link’s Backyard Biodiversity Blitz
• Bring Nature Home and Rewild Your Garden 
• Learn how to properly Recycle in Mandurah
Adopt a Spot to keep it litter free
• Form or join an Embrace A Space group at your local reserve or park


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


Thank you to our partners and sponsors. MEHG is a member of the Mandurah Environmental Volunteer Alliance which supports many projects in our community, predominantly through marketing, community engagement and the provision of insurance.