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Free workshop program for Jan to June 2017

Delivered by experts and designed to build skills and interest around sustainable living and the environment, our new 2017 workshop program offers exciting new topics, seminars and field days for all ages. Click on the buttons below to register your place at the workshops or sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming workshops.


Beginner's Guide to Backyard Chooks

young boy holding a chicken and an egg

Come along to this beginner's workshop to learn the basics of backyard chicken keeping with Maria Ciavarella from My Green Garden.

When: Tuesday 28 February

Where: Kew Library

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Planning your Winter Veggie Garden

aerial view of woman tending a veggie garden

Learn how to grow a bumper winter veggie crop. Includes a presentation, Q&A session and a walk around the lovely Balwyn Community Garden.

When: Saturday 25 March

Where: Balwyn Community Centre

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Introduction to Backyard Biodiversity

woman with plants

Discover more about the local environment and how you can create a wildlife-friendly garden by taking part in our Backyard Biodiversity project.

When: Thursday 30 March

Where: Camberwell Civic Centre, Camerwell

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'Bug Detectives' - Nature Play Activity

bug detectives

Inspire your child's love for bugs and our natural environment at this 'all weather' school holiday activity at Hays Paddock.

When: Monday 3 April

Where: Hays Paddock, Kew East

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School Holiday Catchment Crawl

catchment crawl

Led by Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly, explore our local water catchment by bike on this family friendly holiday event. Learn about the biodiversity our waterways support and how to protect it.

When: Tuesday 11 April

Where: Willsmere to Burke Rd Billabong, Kew

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'Speed Date' a Sustainability Expert

Speak to leading green home designers, architects and sustainability experts and get valuable tips on renewable home renovating and water conservation for your home.

When: Sunday 18 June

Where: Camberwell


In addition to our free program, the Hawthorn Arts Centre are also running a walk and sketch at Maranoa Gardens. This event has a fee of $5.50

Maranoa Gardens Walk and Sketch

Join curatorial staff from the Town Hall Gallery for a morning tour of historic Maranoa Gardens in Balwyn where you will have the opportunity to spend time sketching in the open air with other artists.

When: Saturday 8 April

Where: Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn

 Book via the Hawthorn Arts Centre website


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What people are saying about the program

"We thought it was a most informative morning and appreciated, as newcomers to the area, learning so many interesting things over a wide range areas. We were well looked after - thank you for the delicious food! We would most certainly attend more such events, to learn more about the area and to appreciate fully, the environment and all it offers. Thank you very much indeed." - Yarra River Walk and Talk attendee.

"Thank you for organising this evening. A great topic and opportunity to educate and inform us!" - Sustainable Gardening workshop attendee.

"Tania was very engaging. Spoke with such clarity I now feel inspired to go home and start on my de-cluttering/recycling project. Thanks for organising this workshop - totally awesome." - Declutter and Reduce Waste seminar attendee

"Even for a gardener who has tried for a long time - excellent!" - Winter Vegetable Gardening workshop attendee.

"I will now collect bulbs, batteries, oils, plastic bags etc. and responsibly dispose of them at the Waste Centre for free." - Follow Your Waste tour attendee.


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