Canberrans of all ages are invited along to a special community open day being held at Jerrabomberra Wetlands this Sunday, said ACT Parks and Conservation Senior Ranger, Michael Maconachie.
The event is being held between 10 am to 3 pm in celebration of this week’s World Wetlands Day (2 February).
“Despite being located only four kilometres from our city centre, Jerrabomberra Wetlands is one of the ACT’s hidden gems,” Mr Maconachie said.
“This Sunday’s event provides people with a perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends in the great outdoors, encounter wildlife and learn more about the important role of our wetlands.
“Jerrabomberra Wetlands is one of the most valuable wetland habitat areas in the ACT, and of national and international importance. They are home to about 160 bird species, including migratory birds like the Latham’s Snipe, as well as platypus, turtles and other wildlife,” Mr Maconachie said.
“The area was even used during World War I as a military training site so it also has a fascinating history people can learn about through recently installed display signs.”
Mr Maconachie said the celebrations will include activities for the whole family including ranger and volunteer guided walks, Indigenous cultural activities, fire crew demonstrations, live music, art exhibitions, a variety of children’s activities, food, stalls and more. There will also be free milk and drinking water from the event’s sponsors – Canberra Milk and Icon Water.
The open day is a community event hosted by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust in partnership with the ACT Government.
Entry is by gold coin donation with all proceeds supporting the work of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.
What: World Wetlands Open Day at Jerrabomberra Wetlands
When: 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 5 February 2017
Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick