Threatened Species Day 2019 events

Get involved in Threatened Species Day with a range of events and activities being held around the state.

A pair of Glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) sit on a tree branch at Captain Cook's Lookout in Hat Head National Park.Guided walks, tree plantings, conservation talks and field days are among some of the activities taking place in September for you, your school or community to participate in for Threatened Species Day.

For further information on events and activities contact your local office or email

Events and activities

Listings will be updated as new events are confirmed.

Green Day 2019
Mudgee Showground

5 September, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Green Day is now in its 11th year, a successful local environmental education event for primary students in Years 5 and 6. Around 650 students attend to learn about the environment and the role they can play in protecting and caring for it.

Hosted by Watershed Landcare Inc

For more information please contact Michele McFarlane - Green Day Coordinator, 0457 727 682

Mambo Wetlands Celebration
Joe Redman Reserve, Foreshore Drive, Salamander Bay
6 September, 4pm onwards

Come along to this free event and go for an evening stroll through the wetlands. You’ll also get to interact with some native animals such as koalas and possums. Dinner will be supplied.

For more information: Port Stephens Council: Explore Mambo Wetlands like never before

Poppet Head Park, Kitchener

7-8 September, 9am start
A community event promoting biodiversity conservation and citizen science in the Lower Hunter.

Biodiversity Day in the Hunter
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, Minmi

3 October, 10am-2pm
A community event on biodiversity with over 20 stallholders attending including organisers Saving Our Species, Discovery Rangers, Hunter Local Land Care, Newcastle City Council, Bird Life, Jesmond Lions Club, Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council. Free BBQ, native plants, activities, craft and prizes. Interact with live native animals, learn about bats, bees and the birds. Go on nature walks and meet other nature lovers. Learn about volunteering in nature. Performances, Welcome to Country and Awabakal Dancers.

For more information please contact pauline.dunne@environment.nsw,

Old Bar Kombi Festival
Corner Old Bar Rd and Ungala Rd, Old Bar

5-6 October, 7am to 4pm
The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that has been held every October Long Weekend since 2005. The festival has grown to attract more than 30,000 people each year. The Kombi/Transporter Australian record attempt is one of the major highlights of the festival. Other features include live music, markets, fireworks, rides and street food. Saving our Species will host a Shorebirds stall of information, displays and activities to raise awareness about the threats to beach-nesting shorebirds and encouraging beach users to "share the shore".

Hosted by Old Bar Beach Festival Inc.

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

Range of events in September

There will be lots happening in the education room in the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre over weekends in September. From talks on brush-tailed rock-wallabies, koalas, frogs, orchids and more – every weekend in September will have a threatened species related talk!

All events are FREE! Bookings phone Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre on (02) 4887 7270. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Also a  watercolour artist Carmel Slater will be exhibiting and selling some paintings of threatened species in the visitor centre gift shop. The Native Plant Society will be selling some native plants for a donation throughout the month. Juliet will be presenting her famous brush-tailed rock wallaby puppet show, also Cranky Koala and Wonda Wombat will be making appearances to delight the children!

So spread the word or come along with your friends and family to find out what valuable projects are happening in the Southern Highlands and South Coast to save our threatened species and conserve biodiversity.

Threatened Species Day spotlight walk at Blackbutt Forest
Blackbutt Forest

Tuesday 3rd September, 5:15pm – 7:15pm
Join in this special opportunity to learn about threatened animals and plants at Blackbutt Forest, such as Grey-Headed Flying Foxes, on this guided spotlight walk. Hear from Shellharbour City Council’s Environment team and a local Threatened Species Officer from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Children 8 years and over are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Bring your torch and if we're lucky we may even spot some nocturnal creatures. These walks are being held in acknowledgment of national Threatened Species Day in September.

Places are limited and bookings are essential through Eventbrite or by calling Shellharbour City Council’s Environment team on 4221 6111.

Nature Talk in the Library – Orchids of the Illawarra
Shellharbour City Library

Wednesday 4 September, 6pm – 7:30pm
Discover the amazing world of native orchids with orchid expert Alan Stephenson OAM. Hear about the threatened Illawarra Greenhood Orchid from Jedda Lemmon, a Senior Threatened Species Officer from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Bookings essential through Eventbrite or by calling Shellharbour City Library on 4221 6222.

'Extinction' ... the Threatened Species photo exhibition ... enter now!
Ocean Space Collective, Wollongong

Submissions close August 25. Exhibition opens on Thursday September 5

Submit your best threatened wildlife and botanical photos now to the 2019 Extinction - threatened species photo exhibition. The exhibition hopes to feature exquisite photos of threatened species, populations and ecological communities from all across NSW.

Photographers submitting images are asked to nominate a local conservation group to receive the funds from the sale of their photo during the exhibition. Photographers can submit up to three of their best threatened species photos until submissions close on August 25. Submit your images along with the attached image agreement to before the closing date.

All photos featured in the exhibition will be for sale via silent auction.

For more information visit: Atlas of life: Extinction exhibition

Nature Talks in the library – Underwater World of Bass Point
Shellharbour City Library

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 6 – 7.30pm

Join local dive instructor and photographer Steve Gillespie as he shares his passion for the amazing underwater world of Bass Point. Bookings essential through Shellharbour City Library on 4221 6222.

Eurobodalla libraries
Batemans Bay, Narooma and Moruya

7 September, To be confirmed

Displays, information and resources about local threatened species.

Ulladulla library

7 September, To be confirmed

Displays, information and resources about local threatened species.

Shellharbour library

7 September, To be confirmed

Displays, information and resources about local threatened species.

Muogamarra open season 2019
Muogamarra Nature Reserve
10 August – 15 September

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is open for just 6 weekends, from Saturday 10 August to Sunday 15 September 2019. Located just north of Sydney, it's perfect for a weekend day trip. Visit this paradise of rare native wildflowers. Enjoy expansive views of Bar, Milson and Spectacle islands, Berowra Creek and the Hawkesbury River.

For more information or to book one of the tours visit: National Parks: Muogamarra open season 2019

Reptile Day
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

7 September, 10am – 2pm
Live animal presentations with certified handler, Discovery Rangers taking guided walks focusing on protection of reptiles and habitat, games and craft activities, information stands including Saving our Species, community education around local threatened species including Blue Mountains water skink (Eulamprus leuraensis). 2018 was our first Reptile Day event and over 650 people attended.

Cumberland Plains Woodland Restoration
Edmondson Park Regional Park

7 September, 9am – 12pm
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Saving our Species program will be celebrating Threatened Species Day with a community event - Go Green at Ed Park!

The event will start with an Aboriginal Welcome and smoking ceremony. There will be bird spotting and bushwalks with engaging ecologists and a spectacular free bird-flight performance. Take a selfie with Wanda the Wombat and have a chat with the local Rural Fire Service. Liverpool City Council will be on hand to talk native gardens and give away some native plants for people to plant in their own gardens. Check out some artificial hollows and nest boxes that are being used to shelter our local wildlife. The community will also be invited to plant some trees and shrubs to help improve habitat in the park.

For more information please phone (02) 4572 3100 or email

Threatened Species Day at Camden Town Farm
Camden Town Farm, Exeter Street, Camden

7 September, 9am – 12pm

You can take part in planting native species that provide a home for the Camden White Gum, learn about the species and environment from local experts, and enter the habitat treasure hunt to go in the draw to win great prizes. Free morning tea is provided for all participants. Due to safety requirements, closed-in shoes and long pants must be worn.

For more information please visit: Eventbrite

Threatened Species Day free event
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre,
30 Parke St, Katoomba

7 September, 10am – 2pm
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will host Threatened Species Day, a free community event with talks, kids activities, an environment market and eco-cinema. Visit Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for the full schedule of talks and kids activities.

RSVP required at Cultural Centre Reception or 4780 5410

Presented in partnership with Blue Mountains Bushcare, Blue Mountains Library and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.

Koala Fest Hawkesbury
Governor Phillip Park, Windsor

8 September, 10am – 2pm
The event will will include face painting, children's play activities, native plant giveaways, wildlife show, koala sniffer dog and koala tracking demonstrations, as well as a range of stalls from relevant state and local government organisations, as well as community and citizen science groups.

Threatened species in Royal National Park
Royal National Park Visitor Centre (Audley)
30 September, 10am-3pm

Information and discussion about key threatened species in the region being managed through the SoS program - in particular the Broad-headed snake and the plant, Prostanthera densa. Threatened species experts will be available for questions on Monday the 30th of September. The display will remain as part of Biodiversity month for the next two weeks at Audley Visitor Centre.

Hello Koalas at the Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic Gardens

4 October – 30 November
We invite you to come into the Garden and meet the Hello Koalas. Bring the whole family and enjoy the bespoke trail curated by Arts and Health Australia Pty Ltd (AHA) and hosted by the Garden. The trail encompasses over 20 one-metre high koala sculptures, hand-painted by Australian artists. The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is a unique award- winning concept, conceived by AHA and centred in Port Macquarie. The Trail aims to promote koala conservation and conservation of other threatened animal and plant species in Australia.

Where: Throughout the garden

For more information: Royal Botanic Garden: Hello Koalas

Narrandera annual koala spotting day
Koala reserve, Murrumbidgee Valley National Park

Sunday 8 September 2019, 10am to 1.30pm. Meet at 9.30am.

Help NSW National Parks track the Narrandera koala population by volunteering for the annual koala count. Set in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, this event is FREE and suitable for all ages. A barbecue will be provided after the koala count.

Where: Koala reserveMurrumbidgee Valley National Park

Accessibility: No wheelchair access

Meeting point: Koala reserve (Narrandera Nature Reserve) carpark

What to bring: Drinking water, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen

Bookings: Bookings not required. For more information, call the NPWS Griffith office on 02 6966 8100 or Narrandera Visitor Information Centre on 02 6959 5545.

Back to Bungles Bird Week
Warrumbungle National Park

28 September – 1 October
Join other enthusiastic volunteers to count birds along different trails within Warrumbungle National Park

When: Groups will be going out each morning from 28 September – 1 October.

Please contact for more information or to register your interest

Threatened Species Day Art Competition for NSW Primary Schools

Entries closed on 2 August
The Threatened Species Art Competition is a way to connect to NSW’s primary school children (ages 5-12) and their wider communities, and raise awareness of threatened species. 70 finalists will be selected and their artwork featured for two weeks in a public gallery. The winners and runners up receive prizes. The competition will culminate in an art exhibition to be held in Sydney over two weeks, starting on Threatened Species Day, 7 September.

Hosted by Humane Society International

Bushcare's Big Day Out

15 September
Held annually in spring, Bushcare’s Big Day Out (BBDO) is a national day of community participation to restore remnant bushland. BBDO is a day designed to give every one of us the opportunity to find out more about our bushland. Activities can include weed removal, tree planting, mulching or even follow up maintenance on sites where rehabilitation has already begun.

The next BBDO will take place on Sunday September 15 2019.

Find a BBDO event near you on the national event map: Conservation Volunteers Australia: Bushcare's Big Day Out Map

For more information visit: Conservation Volunteers Australia: Bushcare's Big Day Out.

Hilltops libraries
Young, Boorowa and Harden

7 September, To be confirmed

Displays, information and resources about local threatened species.

Snowy Monaro libraries
Cooma, Bombala and the mobile library

7 September, To be confirmed

Displays, information and resources about local threatened species.