Community Environment Centre Workshop Series (Feb – Apr)


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Community event centre © hills shire council

The fun and exciting gardening workshops from the Community Environment Centre are back, with sessions spanning from February to April 2024, covering various topics and guided by experts, all free.

Caring for Native Wildlife

Community Environment Centre Caring For Native Wildlife

In anticipation of the upcoming World Wildlife Day in March, Caring for Native Wildlife is a workshop all about the stories of Hills Shire citizen scientists, volunteers, and a community that appreciates native wildlife.

On Thursday, 29 February, participate in a free workshop co-hosted by Sue, Lilly, and Cattai Hills Environment (CHEN) members about keeping a close eye on local platypus and koala populations and restoring their habitat.

“Hear of the adventures of local wildlife rescue volunteers Shaun and Ravi sharing wildlife stories with a focus on Powerful Owl project, Growing Food for Wildlife and snake safety and behaviour,” the announcement indicated.

Those interested can make their reservations online via Eventbrite: Caring for Native Wildlife. The workshop will start at 6:00 PM and will end at 8:00 PM.

Create Your Own Recycled Kitchen Garden

Community Environment Centre
Image from the community environment centre

On Thursday, 14 March, recycling and limiting kitchen waste will be the topic of the Create Your Own Recycled Kitchen Garden workshop. Headed by Kerrie Synergy Permaculture and supported by the Resource Recovery team, the 10:00 AM to noon workshop will teach valuable lessons in making a low-cost, productive garden.

“In this practical, interactive workshop, we will use items that are commonly thrown out into landfills, compost and reclaimed plants to create a recycled kitchen garden,” the announcement mentioned.

Reservations for the workshop are here: Create Your Own Recycled Kitchen Garden.

Using Native Edibles in Cooking

Community Environment Centre Using Native Edibles In Cooking
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On the other hand, attendees interested in integrating native edible plants into their cooking can join the Using Native Edibles in Cooking workshop on Thursday, 21 March, at the Community Environment Centre. Volunteers Linda and Lynn will teach attendees how to cook and use native edibles, methods, and tips and tricks for typical recipes and treats. 

“This workshop will involve some samples of natives used in seasoning, cooking or treats and sharing of recipes.” 

The workshop is only available to Hills Sire residents. It will run from 10:00 AM to midday at the Community Environment Centre. Attendees are advised to bring appropriate clothing as the workshop will be held outside. 

Tickets can now reserved online via Eventbrite: Using Native Edibles in Cooking

The article will be updated once the registration links for the remaining workshops have been opened, as the bookings begin one month before the event dates.

Nature Drawing and Working Bee

On Saturday, 13 April, spend time with artist-educator Pat Shirvington in the Nature Drawing and Working Bee workshop from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. As part of the Growing Food for Wildlife working bee series, attendees will draw the surrounding nature and collect plants to donate to rescued wildlife in need.

“This workshop will involve learning how to draw and engage creatively with what we see around us in nature and connect in the outdoors with artist and educator Pat Sharvington.”

The workshop also includes a catered lunch. It is supported by the Hawkesbury-Nepean Landcare Network and is fully funded by Wentwest Ltd via a well-being grant, Connecting Outdoors. 

The Community Environment Centre is located on Currie Avenue of Annangrove Road.

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