MidCoast Council is hosting a number of free hands-on community 'Explore with an Expert' activities to coincide with the release of its waterway and catchment report card in the next month.
Connecting kids to local waterways and instilling a love for where they live is the focus of the activities, council's water quality and estuary coordinator, Prue Tucker said.
In the Manning there is the Dawson River Ramble in Taree on Wednesday, October 23 and "Our Manning River" photography exhibition and workshop in Wingham on Saturday, October 26.
The 'Explore with an Expert' program kicks off with the Lakeside Living Museum on the Wallis Lake foreshore at the Pacific Palms Recreation Club on Sunday, September 29 between 9am to noon.
"There will be a host of hands-on, fun activities at the pop-up museum with a chance to meet local experts and discover more about Wallis Lake," Ms Tucker said.
"Nature art workshops, an interactive catchment model, Worimi environment and cultural walks, water quality testing with visiting scientists, games, Gathang dancing and talks by National Parks Discovery Rangers are among the many activities that will get kids in on the action.
"Apart from a whole heap of fun, we hope the kids connect with the Lake and it becomes part of their story, something they want to protect into the future."
The Waterway and Catchment Report Card is council's opportunity to share the results of its waterways' annual health check which sees council team up with experts from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to independently assess the health of our waterways.
"These results help us keep track of the effectiveness of the many water quality projects we undertake each year with our community and partners," Ms Tucker said.
In the weeks following the report card release, council is hosting a number of free hands-on community "Explore with an Expert" events:
- Creatures of the Night spotlighting walk, Tea Gardens - Wednesday, October 2;
- Discovering the Dunes, Blueys Beach - Saturday, October 5;
- Squirrel Gliders habitat tree planting, Forster - Thursday, October 10;
- Wild Whales talk and whale spotting, Forster - Sunday, October 13;
- Dawson River Ramble, Taree - Wednesday, October 23;
- Our Manning River Photography Exhibition and workshop, Wingham - Saturday, October 26.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times while attending events.