Experience a wildlife encounter
  • Wednesday 12 March 2014

From writing and illustrating a mini drama about an endangered butterfly to learning hands-on ‘bush detective’ skills, there’s a variety of fun, creative and educational children’s workshops lined up these April school holidays at the Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden.

Community Programs Portfolio holder and Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said she was incredibly impressed with the imaginative, interactive and artistic programs Sunshine Coast Council had planned for children at the Centre from April 8 to 16.

“The children’s workshops at the Arts & Ecology Centre have been developed to ensure children are entertained while the facilitators build their understanding of wildlife from both a practical and theoretical perspective,” Cr McKay said.

Bookings for the following Wildlife Encounters workshops open March 12 and are essential as places are limited. A registration fee of $5 per participant can be paid online at the time of booking at www.community.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events


Tuesday, April 8



Bush Detectives with Geckoes Wildlife

10.30am - midday (6+ years)


Often we find evidence of animals but not the actual ‘live’ animal.

This presentation and activity provides an introduction to children on how to identify animals from tracks, scats, skulls and other animal evidence. You may be surprised at what could be living in your neighbourhood that you haven’t seen yet! 

Tuesday, April 8 Creating Wildlife Habitat with Edith and James

1 - 3pm (6+ years)

Constructing habitats (i.e. bird nests and possum shelters) made from recycled materials.

Take these lovely natural shelters home to install in your own garden to create new habitat.

Wednesday, April 9Wildlife Art – cute, furry or scaly animals and their habitats with Cheryl

10 - 11:30am (6+ years)

Midday - 1.30pm (6+ years)

Children will explore the amazing wildlife and their habitats in the gardens. They will then learn to draw the animals using techniques of proportion and textures to create their own unique composition which tell a story of their animal. Their masterpiece will be a mixed media combo of graphite pencils, watercolour paints and soft pastels.
Tuesday, April 15Eco-Nests with Mototyuki

9.30 to 11am (7+ years)

11am-12.30pm (7+ years)

Each child will weave their own Eco Nest from natural fibre, which once completed will contain a painted egg.

The creative process evokes individual stories and awareness of nature and the environment. Each nest will become an educational expression of messages about endangered species and important environmental issues.

Material cost $5 per person

Wednesday April 16Richmond Birdwing Butterfly with Heather Gall and Jill Morris

9.30 - 11am (6+ years)

Learn how to write and illustrate a mini drama about this endangered butterfly and which vine she should use to deposit her larvae - a caring rainforest vine or a killer weed?

Look at the plants that this endangered butterfly needs to survive and learn about the weed plants that can kill the larvae of this endangered butterfly.

Wednesday April 16Creature Weavers with Carmen

Midday - 1.30pm (6+ years)

2 - 3.30pm (6+ years)

With wildlife the focus these holidays, join Carmen in creating a large communal butterfly weaving for display at the Arts & Ecology Centre. Participants may like to bring favourite native leaves, flowers or vine clippings from home to add to the weaving.                                                 

We will also weave in words on paper about our thoughts on how we can provide a better home for wildlife in our very own backyards.

The Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre, located at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, 33 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha, hosts a range of programs and activities which explore the relationship between people and nature.  

In line with Sunshine Coast Council’s aim to make the region the most sustainable place in Australia – a sustainable economy, environment and community – the Arts Centre’s building design gives strong consideration to its setting in the gardens, and utilises ecological principles within its design and operation.