Threatened Species Day 2018 events

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

Some populations of glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) are endangeredGuided 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 OEH office or email

Events and activities

Listings will be updated as new events are confirmed.

Threatened Species Day Display
Macquarie Regional Library,Dubbo

3–7 September
The display will showcase Threatened species in Western NSW with two local authors (Pat Clarke 'The magic forest of Goonoo' and Ross Sadler 'Freshwater turtles') also talking about native wildlife in general.

Hosted by Macquarie Regional Library

For more information please contact or

Dubbo Sustainability and Science Expo
Western Plains Cultural Centre grounds, Dubbo

25 August
Expo to mark Threatened Species Day and Biodiversity Month will include a display trailer showcasing Saving our Species projects in western NSW. Office of Environment and Heritage staff will help with identification requests and demonstrate the use of remote cameras for monitoring wildlife.

Hosted by Dubbo Regional Council

For more information please contact

Threatened Species Day Art Competition for NSW Primary Schools

Entries open until 3 August
Open to children aged 5-12 to submit their paintings or drawings of NSW threatened species, drawing from OEH's list of threatened species. Prescribed specifications. Prizes. Many of the artworks will be displayed for public viewing - venues TBA. Winners will be announced 7 September.

Hosted by Forest Media

BioBlitz for Woodland Birds
Kitchener Poppet Head Reserve Park, Cessnock

9 September, 7am–1pm
Learn more about trees and the fauna they support and build a better understanding of biodiversity in the local area. Develop Citizen Science skills and support Woodland Bird activity being developed with local high schools.

Hosted by Cessnock City Council

Sustainability Officer, PO Box 152, Cessnock NSW 2325, phone 02 4993 4245 or mobile 0417 172 801

Landcare Threatened Species Day and Bus Tour
Landcare Resource Centre, Lake Macquarie

7 September, 8.45am to 3pm
Join Lake Macquarie Landcare for a fun and informative tour through some of the Landcare group areas of the Southern Lake Macquarie. Featuring talks on White-bellied Sea Eagles, migrating whales and the Saving our Species Swift Parrot project.

Bookings essential, RSVP by 5 September: 02 4921 0392

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

4 October 2018, 10am-2pm
A community event on biodiversity with over 20 stallholders attending including organiser National Parks and Wildlife Service, Birdlife Australia, Hunter Landcare, The City of Newcastle and Australian Reptile Park. 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.

More information on the Biodiversity Day in the Hunter

Science and Schooners
Sex, flies and threatened flora

University of Wollongong 'Uni Bar'

4 September, 5.30pm
In collaboration with University of Wollongong's Bionet, an informal seminar and discussion on socketwood for students and the academic community.

For more information, head to Science and Schooners: Sex, flies and threatened flora

Threatened Species Day Nature Talks in the Library
City Library, Shellharbour

5 September, 5.45pm to 7.45pm
Free evening talks about spotted-tailed quolls, brush-tailed rock-wallabies and the Illawarra socketwood, organised by Shellharbour City Council and Shellharbour Libraries.

For bookings please contact City Library on 4221 6222, or visit Shellharbour Libraries events.

Threatened Species Day spotlight walk
Blackbutt Forest, Shellharbour

4 September, 5.15pm to 7.15pm
Join Shellharbour City Council's Environment team and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Threatened Species experts to learn about threatened species at Blackbutt Forest, such as grey headed flying-foxes. Children 8 years and over are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

This event is now fully booked.

Glossie Survey Blitz
Bullio to Bungonia

8 and 9 September
Encouraging local landholders to take part in a Citizen Science push for recording more Glossy-black Cockatoos in the area.

For more information head to Glossies in the Mist: Glossy Black-Cockatoo Count

Milton Ulladulla Subtropical Rainforest Talk and Walk
Shoalhaven Council (Ulladulla) and YatteYattah Nature Reserve

Thursday 6 September 1.30pm-4.30pm
Friday 7 September 9am

Two talks about rainforests on the Thursday afternoon by Karen Sommerville (from Aust. Bot Garden, Mt Annan) and Kevin Mills (South Coast rainforest expert). The following day there will be a guided walk in YatteYattah Nature Reserve.

For more information please contact

Threatened Species Photo Competition
107 Keira St, Wollongong

Opening night 7 September, 5pm
Local photographers exhibit their photos of threatened species and funds from sales are donated to a nominated conservation NGO (non-governmental organisation).

Hosted by Pretty Good Gallery

For more information please head to Extinction exhibition opening

Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project – a talk at Fitzroy Falls
Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre
1301 Nowra Rd, Fitzroy Falls

8 September, 11am
To commemorate Threatened Species Day, the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre will host Joe Stammers from the Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project to discuss how we can all work together to ensure there is a healthy and breeding koala population in the region for many years to come.

More information: Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

Nature Map Exploration
Corunna Forest, South Coast

9 September
Commemorate Threatened Species Day by venturing out in Corunna Forest to learn how to participate in citizen science with the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness. After the event, join the community for a picnic by the lakeside to meet others in the community who share a love of this beautiful wild space.

Please follow instructions on the Facebook post on meeting place, what to bring, wear etc.

Threatened Species Day guided walk
Hands Quarry Reserve, Lane Cove

7 September, 9.30am–11am
This guided walk and talk will feature Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest and will highlight the importance of the local community's efforts for bush regeneration in Lane Cove National Park and surrounding areas.

Hosted by Lane Cove Council

To express interest, go to Walks and talks online booking form

Talks on Threatened Species in the Greater Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls School of Arts

8 September, 9.30am to 3pm
A range of talks on the theme of 'Threatened Species in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area – what do they mean to me?'.

Hosted by the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.

Talks start at 10am. Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided.

Our Threatened Species Day is free, but we would appreciate attendees registering their interest at EventBrite.

Art exhibition, Bushcare Conservations and a Walk on the Wild Side.
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba

Bushcare Conservations, 8 September, 10am to 2pm

Art exhibition 25 August to 7 October

Walk on Wild Side, 9 September, 10am to 12pm

A range of activities on topics related to Threatened Species Day including:

  • A unique exhibition and collaboration between artist Freedom Wilson and OEH's Anna Murphy on the endangered Buttercup Doubletail Orchid.
  • A guided plant evolution walk.
  • Bushcare Conservations.

Local environment organisations and OEH will have stalls at the event.

More information:

Threatened Species Day Discovery Walk
Nature Reserve, Hornsby Shire

7 September, 10am-2pm
Open to Hornsby Shire residents only.
A free guided walk with a National Parks ranger.

Book for Threatened Species Day 2018. Strict limit: 15

Spring into Elderslie Banksia Scrub Forest
Western-side of Woolworths carpark, Richardson Road, Spring Farm (site to be sign-posted)

8 September, 9am-1pm
9am to 10am – tour and discussion on issues and restoration of Elderslie Banksia Scrub Forest.
10am to 12noon – Bushcare techniques on site.
12noon to 1pm – lunch provided.

For more information, please contact Rob Corby by phone 02 4645 5048 or mobile 0409 341 867 or email

Kurrajong Koala Festival
Kurrajong Memorial Park, Kurrajong

15 September, 10am-2pm
Come along and help celebrate the Hawkesbury's Koala population. A family fun day festival with everything and anything about Koalas. An event for all ages. Face painting, children's play activities, native plant giveaways, koala sniffer dog and koala tracking demonstrations as well as a range of stalls from relevant local organisations.

Hosted by Kurrajong Koala Fest

Women's Adventure Film Festival
1 Sublime Point Road, Leura

1 September, 5pm-7pm and 7.30-9.30pm
A selection of film. Saving our Species will also host a stall at the event.

Buy tickets for the Women's Adventure Film Tour

Reptile Day
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

8 September, 10am-2pm
Get ready to wriggle. Come and join us for our first-ever Reptile Day in the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park. This free event will have lots of fun activities for all the family. Get up close with live reptiles shows, create your own clay lizard in our Lizard Lounge, share in Aboriginal stories and ochre painting, search for hidden reptiles with a National Parks Ranger.

Threatened Species Day Art Exhibition
Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

10 to 23 September
View the artworks of the finalists in the statewide Threatened Species Children's Art Competition in 2 beautiful locations – The Calyx terrace and at the Children's Fig Tree.

More information: Threatened Species Children's Art Competition

Venue information: Threatened Species Day Art Exhibition – The Royal Botanic Garden

Art (prints) exhibition
Hazelhurst Arts Centre
782 The Kingsway

8 to 18 September
Exhibition opening, 2pm 8 September

An exhibition of prints by 8 artists of Southern Sydney exploring the endangered migratory shorebirds and in particular, their association with the wetlands of Botany Bay, Georges and Woronora Rivers.

This is an independent exhibition of the Overwintering Project

Bookings and further information: Hazelhurst exhibitions

The Overwintering Wetland walking tour
Wooloware Bay

10 September, 10am to 11am
Brendon Graham, Senior Natural Areas Officer, Sutherland Shire Council will give a guided walking tour of this wetland area.

Bookings and further information: Hazelhurst exhibitions

Porcelain Flowers
an exhibition

304 McCarrs Creek Road
Terrey Hills  

8-16 September
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm

Artist Michelle Perrett presents an exhibition of exquisite ceramic sculptures created during her 6-month residency award at Eramboo Artist Environment, sponsored by Northern Beaches Council. Her delicate works respond to the history of threats to flora within the unique ecosystems of Ku-ring-gai National Park.

More information at Porcelain Flowers: Michelle Perrett

ANSTO Shorebird colouring competition
Sutherland Shire

Applications close Friday 28 September
Art competition for Stage 2 and 3 students. Aims to raise awareness of endangered shorebirds in Botany Bay. Students are required to conduct a little research on a shorebird that is found in Botany Bay and draw or paint a picture of it. Prizes include more than $3000-worth of educational resources and an education experience delivered to the School.

More information on the Shorebirds in Botany Bay competition

Batty Bushcraft
John Curtin Reserve Meeting Room
Huxley Drive
Winston Hills, NSW

8 September, 9-11am
Help Parramatta City Council celebrate Threatened Species Day by learning all about our threatened bats. Get up close and personal with a Flying Fox, learn how bats communicate by playing the echolocation game and get creative with some bat inspired crafts.

Suitable for children over 7 and their families.

The event is free but guest registration through this Eventbrite page is essential: Batty Bushcraft

Leura Swamp Fest
Peter Carroll Field
Clarence Street

23 September, 10am-2pm
Talks on the Blue Mountains Water Skink, Dwarf Mountain Pine and freshwater crayfish plus swamp and nature walks and displays by local schools.

Free but bookings are essential: Leura Swampfest – family fun day

Protecting Parrots Field Day
Rankin Springs

14 September
Riverina Local Land Services and Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group are running this special event. Learn about the vulnerable turquoise parrot through the 'Protecting Parrots' project; hear from Chris Tzaros 'Birds, Bush and Beyond' and Graham Fifield from Greening Australia; and enjoy a guided birdwatching tour.

Morning tea and picnic lunch will be provided – please RSVP for instructions and catering purposes.

RSVP essential: or 0419 867 649

Annual Wildflower Walk
Nail Can Hill Reserve, Albury

23 September
Guided walk conducted by Albury City Council


Biodiversity Picnic Day
Marrambidya Wetlands
100 Narrung St
Wagga Wagga

23 September
A family picnic day organised by Wagga City Council


Nest Box Building Workshop
The Living Classroom, Bingara

26 September, 9am to 1pm
A workshop held by local Landcare featuring hollow log home nest boxes for wildlife.

Bookings essential: Sticky Tickets

More information: Phone Shelley 02 6724 2002 or visit Northern Slopes Landcare Association

Threatened Species Family Fun Day
Tamworth Marsupial Park

9 September, 10am to 2pm
North West Local Land Services hosts a Family Fun Day featuring information and some hands-on activities on threatened species.

More information: North West Local Land Services

Bellingen Plant Fair
Bellingen Showground, Bellingen

8 September, All day

Hosted by Bellingen Environment Centre and Bellingen Shire Council

Schools celebrating threatened species
4 venues in northern NSW: Casino, The Channon, Corndale, Wyrallah

4, 5, 11 and 12 September
A collaboration between the Dorroughby Environment Education Centre, OEH, Taronga Zoo, Macadamia Castle, Landcare and the Department of Education - bringing a range of environmental activities, talks and a mobile zoo to four venues on four days for several north coast primary schools.

For more information please contact

Gondwana-Caldera Wall-Numinbah Nature Links
Tweed Regional Museum, (Murwillumbah Branch)

7 September, 5:30pm
Includes a presentation by Rob Kooyman on 'Gondwana: Rainforest past and future'; short films on Numinbah Nature Links; launch of the Museum's Natural History Display (Caldera wall).

For more information please contact

Shorebird stall at Old Bar Beach Festival
Old Bar Beach Festival

29 and 30 September
SoS will host a stall at the OldBar Kombi Festival to promote awareness of the birds that nest on the nearby beach.

Hotested by Old Bar Beach Festival

More information on the Old Bar Beach Festival Facebook page.

Talking Sloane's Froglets
Shopping Plaza 10 Shuter Avenue, Thurgoona

7 September, 1pm-5pm
The Sloane's Froglet is a Thurgoona local. Learn more about this threatened little amphibian through activities for children, a quiz and an information stand.

Guided Walk
Penrose State Forest

7 September
A wetlands walk and talk, featuring the Eucalyptus Aquatica.

For more information please contact