Science in the Park-National Science Week
Sunday 12 August
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At Coolart Homestead and Wetlands, Lord Somers Road, Somers Lord Somers Rd, Somers VIC 3927, Australia
Cost: Free entry, free parking
0400 603 909
Free science activities for all ages!
“Science in the Park” at Coolart
Calling all curious children, nature-loving adults and adventurous families!!
Become platypus protectors, search for bird habitats or join an ecology tour of the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead Reserve as part of National Science Week 2018.
The third annual "Science in the Park: Wildlife Counts" event will be the focus of a variety of free and accessible science activities for all ages. The event will be opened by a Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony by an elder from the Bunurong Land Council.
PrimeSCI! Swinburne University of Technology along with Parks Victoria, EPA Victoria, Birdlife Mornington Peninsula, Friends of Coolart, and many other participating organisations will host science presentations, tours of the reserve and fun hands-on science activities in the unique wetland environments of the Coolart Reserve. The science seminars on the day will feature keynote speakers Ian Temby and Dr Andrea Hinwood, Victoria’s first Chief Environmental Scientist. Tours of the reserve will include an ecology tour with Gidga Walker.
Leading up to the event, the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society have an astro-photography exhibition in the Coolart Homestead, titled “Adventures Under the Southern Sky” from July 17.
National Science Week is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, undertake hands-on science activities and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society. National Science Week 2018 will run from 11-19 August. Event details can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au.
The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, NewScientist and Popular Science.