Friday, April 22, 2011

Discover Mt Field National Park this Easter

A RANGE of educational activities will be on offer at selected national parks including Mt Field during the Easter school break. Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman yesterday encouraged everyone to enjoy some of the state’s most beautiful places by participating in the free activities on offer through the Parks and Wildlife Service’s "Discovery Ranger" program.

“During the Easter break, Discovery Rangers run a range of free activities for visitors to some of our national parks and reserves. Activities include guided walks, natural and cultural heritage talks and presentations, and a host of other interpretive activities” Mr Wightman said. Visitors are encouraged to check the local park’s noticeboard and community noticeboards, or to visit the Parks and Wildlife Service website for detailed information, including times, for the planned activities.

Activity programs for each park/reserve are available at www.parks.tas.gov.au and the published activities for Mt Field National Park are as follows:

Good Friday, April 22, 5.30pm - Bush tucker nibbles and Quiz Night (1-1.5 hours). Come along and sample some tasty bush tucker, then form a team and get your brains into gear for an action packed quiz night. Meet at the Browning BBQ shelter next to the playground.

Easter Saturday, April 23, 1pm - Bush tucker cooks (1-1.5 hours). Have you ever thought about adding some native “bush tucker” plants to your garden? Have a go at preparing a few easy dishes and find out the benefits of growing these gourmet delights in your own backyard. A sure way to wow your friends and family at the next BBQ. Bring a mug and meet the Discovery Ranger at the Browning BBQ shelter (next to the playground).  3pm Kids Capers (1 hour) - Grab the kids and head to the playground for a bit of bush art and a few games. Have a go at making a card for someone special, play the evil fox game and use your problem solving skills to escape the “big knot”. Meet at the playground, children to be accompanied by a guardian.

Easter Sunday, April 24, 1.30pm -  Young Bush Explorers Easter Treasure Hunt (1-1.5 hours). Are there bunnies in Mt Field National Park? What about bandicoots? Look for clues to find out what creatures live in the park and how you can help protect them. The Discovery Ranger has also left a series of clues that will take you on a treasure hunt. You will need your best detective skills and your new found knowledge on Mt Fields creatures to find the treasure. Meet at the playground. 6.30pm Creatures of the Night (1.5 hours) - Discover Mt Field’s wild nightlife on a spotlight walk with the Discovery Ranger. Find out about the green lights of the forest (glow worms), keep a sharp eye out for an eastern quoll and improve your spotlighting skills with a few helpful tips from the Discovery Ranger. Please book at the visitor centre.

Easter Monday/Anzac Day, April 25, 12.30pm Bush tucker cooking (1-1.5 hours) - Want to grow some beautiful plants in your garden that are edible, nutritious and provide excellent habitat for our native animals? Head down to the Browning BBQ shelter (next to playground) and have a go at preparing some native gourmet delights. Bring a mug and enjoy a herbal Baeckea tea. 6.30pm Going batty (1-1.5 hours) - Join the Discovery Ranger on a walk through the forest armed with a “Bat Detector”! On a search for some of Tasmania’s micro bats, find out how these crafty little mammals hunt their prey in the dark and how they contribute to a healthy ecosystem. If you thought “Batman” was a legend, you won’t want to miss this! Please book at the visitor centre.

Easter Tuesday, April 26, 11am Pandani Grove walk (1-1.5 hours) - Autumn in the mountains is the time when all the berries are out, the fagus is orange and the temperature is perfect for bush walking. Join the Discovery Ranger on this gentle stroll around beautiful Lake Dobson, keep your eyes open for the elusive platypus, discover how the plants survive harsh winters and look out for alienlike fungi. Please bring warm clothes and wet weather gear as conditions can change suddenly. Meet at the Lake Dobson car park (20-25 minute drive from the visitor centre). 6.30pm Creatures of the Night (1.5 hours) - See description above (as for April 24). Please book at the visitor centre.

Wednesday, April 27, 1pm Bush tucker cooks (1-1.5 hours) - See description above (as for April 23). Bring a mug and meet the ranger at the Browning BBQ shelter (next to the playground).

PLEASE NOTE: Park entry fees apply. All activities are free but may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Bring sun and rain protection to activities. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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