• What to do Brisbane? Sustainable Living, Environmental, Eco Events

    August 17, 2020 • LIFE

    Image: Brisbane City Council ‘Night Adventures’ event

    What’s on in Brisbane today to help you live more sustainably, with less impact, support locally grown and made, and to build uplifting connections with your local community.

    In the times of Coronavirus, many events are being offered online so you can partake from the comfort of home, but in Queensland we are also fortunate that some events are taking place with social distancing in place.  Remember your hand sanitiser and hygiene measures, and BYO bag and reusable water bottle.

    Northey Street City Farm in Windsor runs regular workshops and short courses where you can learn practical skills and how to live sustainably, ranging from bee-keeping to making cheese to basket weaving to growing vegetables seasonally.  Northey Street City Farm progam here

    October 2020

    3 and 17 October – Geo-walk in Karawatha Forest
    Join us on a guided walk and take a fascinating journey in Karawatha Forest. Learn about the significance of rocks located along this Karawatha walk and discover interesting facts about the Earth’s geological features. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    3 and 17 October – Insect Discovery Walk
    Discover the insects of Boondall wetlands while volunteer and insect enthusiast Russel takes participants on a guided walk. Catch, identify and learn all about these incredible invertebrates. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    4 October – Sustainable Living: Feeding Native Birds with Darryl Jones
    Join bird scientist, Darryl Jones, as he discusses his latest book ‘Feeding Birds at your Table’. Discover how our curiosity for feeding Australia’s native birdlife may impact their behaviour and survival. Learn healthy food alternatives, jam-packed full of goodness, designed purely by nature to support our feathery friends. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    11 and 18 October – Free Sustainable Living: Feeding Native Birds workshop
    Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre
    Dive into the world of wings and join the discussion on how feeding Australia’s native birdlife may impact their behaviour and survival. Discover a new approach in providing the healthiest food alternatives, jam-packed full of goodness designed purely by nature. This event is free but registration is required. Book here >

    16 October – Night adventures: Whites Hill Reserve
    Enjoy a guided night walk with staff from Brisbane City Council’s Environment Centres and discover the wonders of Whites Hill Reserve after dark. Participants will explore the bush walking trails within the reserve. This event is free and suitable for ages 6 and over. Registration is required. Book here >

    17 October – Canoe Discovery- Adults Event
    Explore Nundah and Cabbage Tree Creeks on a guided canoe paddle with staff from Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre. Have fun out on the water, learn about our waterways, wetlands, and wildlife. Some water confidence is required. All equipment and complimentary cuppa supplied. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    25 October – Free Sustainable Living: Feeding Native Birds Workshop
    Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre
    Dive into the world of wings and join the discussion on how feeding Australia’s native birdlife may impact their behaviour and survival. Discover a new approach in providing the healthiest food alternatives, jam-packed full of goodness designed purely by nature. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    25 October – Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival – Hair accessories
    Upcycle a pair of leggings, scarf or fabric into cute hair accessories at this year’s Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    25 October – Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival 2020
    Council is proud to present Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival in 2020 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Book your three hour ticket to gain entry to this fun, fashion-focused program of activities, such as markets, runway shows, workshops, live entertainment as well as delicious bites from some of Brisbane’s best food trucks. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    25 October – Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival – Make your old jeans pop with patches
    Got a split pair of pants at the bottom of the repair pile? Bring them to this workshop at this year’s Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    25 October –Revive Second-hand Fashion Festival – Table cloth to circle skirt
    This hands-on workshop will teach you how to transform the humble thrifted table cloth into a circle skirt using simple techniques anyone can learn. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    25 October – Furniture Upcycling Demonstration
    Learn the basics of upcycling small furniture items. Julie Hillier from Ministry of Handmade will demonstrate how to assess the condition of second-hand furniture, determine steps for preparing and finishing timber and upholstery. This event is free, but registration is required. Book here >

    NOVEMBER 2020

    1 November – Sustainable living: Nature journaling
    Take some time out in nature and be inspired by the calming practice of nature journaling. Join a short stroll in and learn the basics, slow down, engage your senses, and take the time to observe and record what you see, hear, and feel.  This event is free. Register your interest here >

    2 November – Yoga at Boondall Wetlands
    Start your day with some yoga in beautiful Boondall Wetlands. Yoga allows us to release and strengthen our bodies and bring peace to our minds. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    4 November – Creating homes for stingless bees
    Get in on all the buzz by joining Dr Tobias Smith to celebrate our new pollinator garden at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre. Dr Tobias will create a second hive for the new pollinator garden by splitting the resident native stingless beehive. You’ll also learn about the great diversity of bee species, bee-friendly plants, and much more. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    7 November – Family forest discovery walk
    Join a volunteer-led fun and engaging guided walk along with one of the many tracks in Karawatha Forest. Parents, grandparents and carers can relax and learn with their little ones, while volunteer guides share their knowledge of local flora and fauna along the way during this family-friendly adventure. This event is free. Register your interest here > 

    7 November – Nurri Millen Totem Trail walk at Boondall Wetlands
    Join one of the knowledgeable volunteers from Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre on this all-abilities 2 kilometre walk, where participants can also observe the distinct changes in vegetation and understand the uniqueness of Boondall Wetlands. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    7 November – Ocean Creatures Alive
    Join a fun and interactive activity where children will meet and touch live marine creatures. Children will also learn about marine and shoreline environments, as well as the animals that rely on these habitats for survival, and get the chance to handle seashore treasures.  This event is free. Register your interest here >

    7 November – Sustainable Seminar Series: Safe feeding of native birds with Darryl Jones
    Love birds? Do you welcome these feathery friends into your garden? Join this fascinating two-hour workshop with bird scientist Darryl Jones as he discusses the research behind his book Feeding Birds at your table. Discover how our curiosity for feeding Australia’s native birdlife may impact their behaviour and survival. Learn safe, healthy, and natural food alternatives, jam-packed full of goodness, designed purely by nature to support these cheeky, enchanting, and beautiful backyard visitors. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    8 November – Pollinator Week nature walk in the wetlands
    8-15 November 2020 is  Australian Pollinator Week which acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators. Join our volunteer guides on a fun pollinator–themed guided walk, as they traverse the beautiful landscape at Boondall Wetlands. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    8 November – Sustainable living: Nature journaling
    Take some time out in nature and be inspired by the calming practice of nature journaling. Join a short stroll in and learn the basics, slow down, engage your senses, and take the time to observe and record what you see, hear, and feel. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    9 November – Yoga at Boondall Wetlands
    Start your day with some yoga in beautiful Boondall Wetlands. Yoga allows us to release and strengthen our bodies and bring peace to our minds. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    10 November – Birdhouse gourds
    One of the earliest domesticated plants, gourds have been used by many cultures for the purposes of food, kitchen tools and musical instruments. Decorate a gourd, grown in our kitchen garden, to create a beautiful birdhouse to hang in your garden. All materials provided. Bookings required. For more information and to book call 07 3403 2535. Find out more here >

    13 November – Pollinator Week nature walk at Karawatha Forest
    8-15 November 2020 is  Australian Pollinator Week  which acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators. Join volunteer guides on a fun Pollinator – themed guided walk, as they traverse the beautiful landscape out at Karawatha Forest. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    13 November – Night adventures
    Enjoy a guided 2 kilometre night-walk with staff from the Council’s environment centres and discover the wonders of the botanic gardens after dark. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    14 November – Guided walk spoken in the Arabic language
    The volunteers at Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre sometimes offer guided walks in languages other than English. This walk will be spoken in the language, Arabic, where participants will learn about the local flora and fauna on a guided walk within Karawatha Forest. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    14 November – Painting threatened flora
    Discover and get to know some threatened plants of the Brisbane region. Choose one to observe more closely and then – in the style of artist William Morris – use pattern and repetition to create a colourful design of the leaves, flowers and fruit. All materials provided. This event is free. For more information and to book call 07 3403 2535. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    14 November – Bushland wildlife
    Meet live wildlife you may find in our local bushland, and even in our backyards at Karawatha Forest discovery centre. Children will have an opportunity to get up close and personal while learning about snakes, frogs, birds, lizards and more with a wildlife expert. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    14 November – ONLINE SEMINAR: Superfoods in your garden
    Here in Brisbane, we can grow many amazing superfoods that help to maintain or return to health. Find out how to grow, harvest and use aloe vera, turmeric, chia, yakon and other common superfoods. Presented by Morag Gamble from Our Permaculture Life. Bookings required. Please note that this event will be delivered live via Zoom. Find more information here >

    15 November – Canoe discovery for adults
    Explore Norman Creek on a guided canoe paddle with staff from Council’s Environment Centres. Have fun out on the water, meet like-minded people, and learn about Brisbane’s waterways, wetlands, and wildlife. All equipment and complimentary cuppa supplied. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    15 November – Pollinator Week nature walk in the wetlands
    8-15 November 2020 is  Australian Pollinator Week which acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators. Join volunteer guides on a fun pollinator–themed guided walk, as they traverse the beautiful landscape out at Boondall Wetlands. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    15 November – Sustainable living: Nature journaling
    Take some time out in nature and be inspired by the calming practice of nature journaling. Join a short stroll in and learn the basics, slow down, engage your senses, and take the time to observe and record what you see, hear, and feel. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    15 November – ‘Painting Wreaths’ with 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Michelle Pujol
    This month will see Artist-in-Residence, Michelle Pujol, explore the floral forms through a fun workshop on illustrating floral wreaths. In this workshop, Michelle will start with some basic watercolour techniques. She will guide students through the soft layering of colour, creating floral form and layout to create a finished wreath illustration. Once confident with some of these techniques, the group will head out into the gardens to practice their new skills. This event is free but bookings are required. Find out more here >

    16 November – Yoga at Boondall Wetlands
    Start your day with some yoga in beautiful Boondall Wetlands. Yoga allows us to release and strengthen our bodies and bring peace to our minds. This event is free. Register your interest here > 

    18 November – ONLINE SEMINAR: Growing orchids
    Phalaenopsis orchids are among the most popular indoor plants in the world, and with the right care will provide many years of enjoyment. During this seminar, commercial orchid grower David Furness will discuss the origin and background of the Phalaenopsis orchid and share top tips for how to help these stunning plants to thrive. Please note that this event will be delivered live via Zoom. Bookings required. Find out more here >

    19 November – ONLINE WORKSHOP: Gourmet edible flowers
    Learn how to create gourmet finishes with edible flowers. Edible flower author and expert Linda Brennan will share her knowledge and delicious practices during this class where you will learn a range of techniques to preserve the beauty, flavour and fragrance of edible flowers. These techniques include crystallising, drying, making flower ‘dust’ and flowerfetti. Please note that this event will be delivered live via Zoom. Bookings required. Find out more information here >

    21 November – Bird watching for beginners
    Come along and learn how to watch and identify birds, and gain an appreciation of birds that live in Brisbane. Karawatha Forest is the perfect location for birdwatching as it is the largest remnant bushland within Brisbane City, making it the ideal habitat for many different types of birds. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    21 November – Family forest discovery walk
    Join a volunteer-led fun and engaging guided walk along with one of the many tracks in Karawatha Forest. Parents, grandparents and carers can relax and learn with their little ones, while volunteer guides share their knowledge of local flora and fauna along the way during this family-friendly adventure. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    21 November – Family walk in the wetlands
    Parents, grandparents and carers can relax and learn with the kids while volunteer guides share their knowledge of local flora and fauna along the way during this family-friendly adventure. Designed for all abilities, the 2 kilometre Billai dhagun track winds through several different vegetation communities, from eucalypt forest to mangroves and saltmarsh. Your guide will highlight points of interest and help identify plants and animals you may see along the way. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    21 November – Water gardens
    Water gardens are a beautiful way to enhance your garden, while creating habitat for frogs, snails, fish, lizards, insects and birds. Learn about the different types of plants you can use, and how to create and maintain your own water garden at home. This event is free but bookings required. Find more information here >

    22 November – Sustainable living: Nature journaling
    Take some time out in nature and be inspired by the calming practice of nature journaling. Join a short stroll in and learn the basics, slow down, engage your senses, and take the time to observe and record what you see, hear, and feel. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    22 November – Shoot for the stars pottery and adventure walk
    Come along to this fun workshop to make some weird and wonderful aliens, asteroids and rockets from clay. Get active and healthy by taking a walk on the Hide and Seek Children’s Adventure Trail for fun and fitness. This event costs $5. Register your interest here >

    22 November – A healthy Christmas (nutrition education & hands-on cooking class)
    See how easy it can be to ‘healthify’ your Christmas without taking away all the fun! Get hands-on with nutritionist Penny Benjamin as she guides you, in small groups, to cook up a Christmas storm, showing you some simple tricks to make your appetisers, mains and desserts just that little bit healthier this festive season. Plus, who doesn’t love a good taste test along the way? This event costs $5. Booking are required. Book here >

    23 November – Yoga at Boondall Wetlands
    Start your day with some yoga in beautiful Boondall Wetlands. Yoga allows us to release and strengthen our bodies and bring peace to our minds. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    27 November – Night adventures
    Enjoy a guided night walk with staff from Council’s environment centres and discover the wonders of Downfall Creek Bushlands after dark. Participants will explore a 1200-metre trail. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    28 November – Frog Hollow family walk
    Relax and learn about the Karawatha Forest with the kids. Volunteers share their knowledge of local flora and fauna along the way to Frog Hollow during this family-friendly adventure. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    28 November – Meet wildlife neighbours
    Meet some live native animals usually found in the wetlands, bush and even in our backyards. Children will have an opportunity to get up close and personal while learning about snakes, frogs, birds, lizards and more with a wildlife expert. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    28 November – ONLINE SEMINAR: Planning for abundance
    Having a plan and knowing what to plant and when throughout the year is one fundamental key to successful gardening. Learn how to eat seasonally and locally from your backyard as horticulturist Claire Bickle shares the philosophy of growing and eating well. Please note that this event will be delivered live via Zoom. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    29 November – Sustainable living: Nature journaling
    Take some time out in nature and be inspired by the calming practice of nature journaling. Join a short stroll in and learn the basics, slow down, engage your senses, and take the time to observe and record what you see, hear, and feel. Nature journaling can be a wonderful form of meditative expression. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    29 November – A healthy Christmas (nutrition education & hands-on cooking class)
    See how easy it can be to ‘healthify’ your Christmas without taking away all the fun! Get hands-on with nutritionist Penny Benjamin as she guides you, in small groups, to cook up a Christmas storm, showing you some simple tricks to make your appetisers, mains and desserts just that little bit healthier this festive season. Plus, who doesn’t love a good taste test along the way? This event costs $5. Booking are required. Book here >

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