Friday, January 5, 2018

Summer fun continues at Mt Field

THE Discovery Ranger Summer Program continues at many national parks next week, including Mt Field National Park in the Derwent Valley. A Discovery Ranger will offer free fun and educational activities at various times.

Bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat for all daytime activities. Programmed activities may be cancelled in bad weather. An adult must accompany children under 12. For more information contact Discovery Ranger Emma on 0428 407 598.

Sunday, January 7
10.30am - Devils in danger (1 hour). Meet in front of the visitors centre. The Tasmanian Devil is one of the state's most unique animals - but it is endangered. Come along to find out what you can do to save the devils!
5pm - Platypus prowl (1 hour).  Meet in front of the Visitor Centre. Learn about the fascinating monotremes that call the streams of Mt Field home.
8.45pm - Creatures of the night (1.5 hours). Meet in the Fagus room in the Visitor Centre. When night falls, Mt Field comes alive. Come along to meet some extraordinary nocturnal critters with Ranger Emma on this guided spotlight walk. Please book at the Visitor Centre as there are limited places.

Monday, January 8
11am - A walk among giants (1 hour). Meet at the Tall Trees Carpark. Get a new perspective on trees, landscapes, fire, and how humans fit in to it all.
2pm - Mt Field minibeasts (1 hour). Meet at the William Crooke Shelter (behind Visitor Centre). Bugs are the foundations of ecosystems. Explore their world in this invertebrate extravaganza.

Tuesday, January 9
10.30am - Eww! What’s on my shoe? (1 hour). Meet in front of the Visitor Centre. Find out why biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility.
2pm - Prickly pandani (1.5 hours). Meet at the Lake Dobson Carpark. Just a spiky plant or something much more amazing? Find out on this guided walk of the Pandani Circuit.

Wednesday, January 10
11am - Young bush explorers (1.5 hours). Meet at the William Crooke Shelter behind the Visitor Centre. Ever dreamed of being a park ranger? Come along to learn the basics.
2pm - Mt Field in Mandarin (1hr). Meet in front of the Visitors Centre. Meet Bilingual Discovery Ranger Sara as she guides you through the wonders of Mt Field, in both English and Mandarin. Learn a few exciting new phrases in both languages.
5pm - Platypus prowl (1 hour). Meet in front of the Visitor Centre. Learn about the fascinating monotremes that call the streams of Mt Field home.

Thursday, January 11
All Day - Discovery Day at Maydena RSL. Celebrate the school holidays and share your knowledge about the amazing Mt Field National Park. Some slithery guests will be joining in on the day as well!

Friday, January 12
11am - Wild and winged (1 hour). Meet in front of the Visitor Centre. What came first the native hen or the egg? This question and more will be answered on a guided bird walk.
1pm - Art in the bush (1 hour). Meet in the Fagus Room in the Visitor Centre. Discover your inner artist using natural materials and nature as your muse.
8.45pm - Creatures of the night (1.5 hours). Meet in the Fagus room in the Visitor Centre. When night falls, Mt Field comes alive. Come along to meet some extraordinary nocturnal critters with Ranger Emma on this guided spotlight walk. Please book at the Visitor Centre as there are limited places.

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