Canberra rangers showcase bush capital with week of events

Released 14/06/2019

Canberra rangers showcase bush capital with week of events

Escape the city and celebrate a special week of ranger guided walks, talks, films and planting days in ACT parks and reserves.“It might be the middle of winter but it’s still a great time of year to immerse yourself in nature. Next week we’re highlighting our bush capital’s natural surroundings, nature parks, plants and animals and work to conserve and protect them,” Director for ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Daniel Iglesias said.

The list of events includes:

  • Listen to Namadgi Area Manager, Brett McNamara, talk about the importance of Canberra’s national parks. From 1pm on Monday at the Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre, find out why we have national parks, why Canberra is shaped the way it is and how our water supply stays so pristine. Following Brett’s talk, head to the visitor centre theatre to watch ‘The Plastic Age’ – a short film about the impacts of plastic on our environment.
  • Experience Pierces Creek after the 2018 fires and help with the restoration efforts. At 10.30am on Tuesday, hear about the way the fires tore through the area last year and how the rangers plan to transform it to a hub of native vegetation. You can then get your hands dirty and help with planting native seeds and maintaining the trees already on the site.
  • Take a ranger guided walk along one of the most beautiful sections of the Murrumbidgee River to Red Rocks Gorge. At 1pm on Saturday, after a short talk about the recent World Environment Day and the effects of air pollution, embark on a 2 hour return river walk to along the Centenary Trail.
  • Experience short films throughout the entire week at the Namadgi Visitor Centre. There will be a number of short films playing in the centre’s theatre. The films cover topics about the Namadgi National Park, park rangers across the world, Canberra’s water catchment areas, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, and the history of the Canberra region.

Bookings are essential for the Pierces Creek restoration and the guided walk to Red Rocks Gorge.

“Not able to make to these events? There are so many other great ways to celebrate the ACT’s natural environment,” Mr Iglesias said.

“It is estimated no Canberran lives more than 3.5km from a nature park or reserve. Head out on foot or grab your bike and explore the ACT’s extensive network of tracks and trails. For a more relaxing time, pack a picnic and spend time in nature with friends and family.

“Drop in to the Namadgi or Tidbinbilla Visitor Centres where our knowledgeable rangers will be more than happy to help with suggestions.”

For more parks and reserve inspiration in the ACT, visit

For more information and bookings for the events over the week, visit

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