National Science Week Events Aug 17 – 18

Come and join us for lots of science fun and interest during the last Science Week week-end of August 17th and 18th at Greencape Lighthouse.

There are a host of events  for you to join. Bookings for each activity essential as places are limited to 15 or 20 depending on the activity. Please contact Libby at:  or Leave a Reply to us at the bottom of this Post.

Look for special forest and heathland plants, take part in a shore line or rocky platform survey and learn about bird and small mammal survey techniques and see videos of nocturnal animals and how shore-based whale watching works.

The National Science Week events give you a chance to try some science, have fun and find out more about what species are in our area. “Whatever your special interest in nature, you can now join in to walk and learn with scientists and expert naturalists how to take part in real scientific surveys.  We will help you add your own sightings into the database so you can be part of the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (ALCW) project. “ says Libby Hepburn project manager of the ALCW.

We are launching the “My Place” project which allows you to record a journal of sightings at your home or favourite place. Your local Librarians can also help you learn how to Register and Log sightings onto the Atlas.

With our partners Bournda Environmental Education Centre, Panboola, the Sapphire Coast Marine Society,  Auswide, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre we offer you a chance to get involved with our long term biodiversity survey work in this region.

 Week-end August 17/18th Greencape Lighthouse 10:30 am – 4:00pm

We are setting up shore-based whale watching at Greencape Lighthouse and long-term biodiversity monitoring projects in association with Auswide and National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW on the Greencape peninsular. Science Week will be a chance for you to learn how the surveys are undertaken and how you can take part.

The Atlas of Life will have a display showing some of its work to date and we will be there to help you Register and start logging your own sightings into the Atlas of Life database. You can learn about the “My Place” project too.

There will be heathland ecology walks and rock platform surveys (weather permitting) and we will be showing film taken with motion activated cameras and bird recording techniques. See our website for full details and how to register for the activity of your choice.

The 17/18th August  Science Week activities are held in conjunction with the Greencape Lighthouse 130 year Anniversary celebrations which include morse-code signalling to other lighthouses and the Lighting of the Old Light on Friday and Saturday. This will be a special event, so do come and join us there. Refreshments will be available courtesy of Eden and Pambula Rotary. For full details see: or phone 6495 5500

The Atlas of Life will also be present at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Open Day on August 17th in Eden, so you can come and join us there too and see other organisations who work along our coast.

Event details:

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August (Green Cape Lighthouse)

Numbers in sessions will be limited to 15 so bookings are essential.

Our Science Week activities will be part of the 13oth Anniversary of Greencape Lighthouse celebrations organised by Auswide. These include the Lighting of the Lamp event (5pm 17 August) see Refreshments will be available from Eden and Pambula Rotary

 National Science Week activities: Continuous over both days

  • Launch of ALCW “My Place” project – how to create a personal nature journal –  demonstration of how to add sightings (at GCL & SCMDC Open Day 17 Aug) Libby Hepburn
  • ALCW activities and surveys display
  • Additional to ALCW activities – Auswide Projects celebrations for the 130th anniversary of the Green Cape Lighthouse

Saturday 17 August 10.30am to 12noon and 1pm to 2.30pm 

Activity time Activity number Activity Leader
10:30 – noon 1 Whalewatching training Dave Costello and Colin Hunter
2 Faunal biodiversity Andrew Morrison
3 Rock Platform Survey Michael McMaster
1 – 2:30pm
5 Faunal biodiversity Andrew Morrison
6 Flora and heathland walk Jackie Miles
4 – 6:00pm 14A Hethland birds surveying Jim Shields

Sunday 18 August 10.30am to 12noon and 1pm to 2.30pm

Activity time Activity number Activity Leader
8 – 10:00 14B Heathland bird surveying Jim Shields
10:30 – noon 8 Whalewatching training Dave Costello and Colin Hunter
9 Faunal biodiversity Andrew Morrison
10 Rock Platform Survey Alan Scrymgeour
11- 12:noon 14C Seabird surveying Jim Shields
1 – 2:30pm
12 Faunal biodiversity Andrew Morrison

please call for further  INFORMATION:

Bookings: reply  at the bottom of this Post  or  email:

Green Cape events (17, 18 Aug):  Libby ph: 02 6495 0917

Please wear clothes suitable for winter weather, bring water and wear non-slip shoes especially for the Rock Platform surveys. If you have cameras or smartphones do bring them so we can show you how to add sightings to the Atlas of Life

9 replies
  1. michele oakley
    michele oakley says:

    Hi, are there any spaces left on 10 August? I am very interested in attending this with my friends robyn lawrence and lee freeman
    Phone: 0458412692

  2. Denis Wilson
    Denis Wilson says:

    Can I please book in for 10 August session?
    2 – 3 pm 1 Fabulous Fungi
    3 – 4 pm 5 Bournda’s Bountiful Biota Flora walk
    4:30 – 5:30pm 8 Bird banding
    5:30 – 6:30pm 4B Yellow Bellied Glider spotlight search

  3. Pru leone
    Pru leone says:

    Will be at Bournda tomorrow and hopefully be able to join a group. Interested in glider workshop. looking forward to meeting you.
    Cheers, pru leone

  4. Grant Keogh
    Grant Keogh says:

    Could I book three kids and myself into activity 10, with Allan Scrymgeour for the 10.30AM sunday event.

    If not could we try for the 1PM event.

    Please let us know when and where to meet and the cost, thanks.

    Grant Keogh 0412839420

    • Libby Hepburn
      Libby Hepburn says:

      Thanks Grant. Your kids are old enough and experienced, so That will be fine. We will need to see what the weather does, but hope it will be good to go. See you there, cheers, Libby


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