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The vision we have with Walks on the Wildside is to reconnect people, especially children, with nature. Research shows that most children spend more time plugged into something connected to an electricity outlet than ‘plugged into’ real life.

The need to spend time in nature is innate in all people and a ‘nature deficit disorder’ can be the result of a lack of this connection.  The soul needs to be replenished and this can most easily be achieved by a connection with nature. Social and learning problems such as ADHD and ADD have been proven to be helped by children relaxing and connecting with nature. With so many moves afoot to do away with or open up National Parks we need to instil in the next generation a love and respect of nature. If we expect children to grow up wanting to save wildspaces we must give them the opportunities to feel them, smell them and be one with them, then they will love them and want to protect them.

What is our plan?

Our plan is to meet at different places on the Blackall Range one Saturday a month for an hour’s stroll in the bush, usually National Parks but private walks are also planned. We hope to be inclusive, inviting people with disabilities and young children still in pushchairs to join us if the walk is suitable, e.g. Mary Cairncross Park. It is envisaged that parents or carers accompany children on the walks. They are not intended to be educational as such but, of course, learning will occur when children’s imagination has been captured because they are interested in something, not because they were told to be.

Who are we?

The people organising the group are three ex teachers who have an interest in children, mindfulness and connection with nature. We are:-

Lorraine See, Martina Gordon and Janet Hamilton, all members of Barung Landcare Association.

The impetus which inspired us was Richard Louv’s book, ‘The Last Child in the Woods’, Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder.

Co-ordinator and Patron

The co-ordinator is Lorraine (Raine) See, ex teacher and Librarian and our Patron is Jill Morris, prize winning author of children’s books based on nature and the environment. Jill spent many years bringing children and books together with her school visits to her home, The Book Farm, at Reesville. She has certainly kept nature-deficit disorder at bay for many children over many years and still spends many hours working on her own wildspace.

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Conondale

    The final Ramble has been arranged for Saturday, 24th November at the property of Mary and John King at Conondale. Mary and John have a Bush Food business on their 92 acre property. They have a licenced commercial kitchen where they make many interesting bush food recipes including their famous Rainforest Liqueurs (tamarind liqueur is Jill and my favourite!) 

    The visit will begin at 8am (it's getter warmer!) with a ramble along the upper reaches of the Mary River led by John who will point out and talk about the various bush food plantings and how each one is used. After the walk which will take about an hour, we have been invited back to the verandah of the house where we will taste the recipes and the liqueurs made by John and Mary. You will be able to purchase some of the produce but will need to bring cash. Small bottles of the liqueurs sell for about $15. There are about half a dozen choices including the tamarind and wattle. Great xmas ideas!

    The Barung bus will be available for the first 12 people who want a lift out. Please let me know if you are needing a lift as the first 12 who do will get a seat. We will gather at Barung at 7am for a 7.15 departure. 

    For those who want to meet us there, the address is 272 Aherns Road Conondale (Aherns Road is where you turn left to Crystal Waters). John will put a sign out. Alternatively, you could follow the bus.

    Although numbers are not restricted John and Mary would like numbers so please register here or email info@barunglandcare.org.au or text me if you are coming.   

    Cheers, Raine
    Ph 0412031880.

Past events

Saturday, February 24, 2018 Walks on the Wildside Gheerulla Falls at Mapleton
Saturday, November 18, 2017 Walks on Wildside - Gherulla Falls at Mapleton
Friday, September 15, 2017 Walks on the Wildside
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Walks on the Wildside - Linda Garrett circuit
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Walks on the Wildside - Ewen Maddock Dam
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Walks on the Wildside - Buderim Tramway Rail Trail
Saturday, November 26, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Maroochy Botanical Gardens
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Mapleton Falls National Park, Wompoo Circuit
Saturday, July 23, 2016 Walks on the Wildside -Mt Ngungun Glasshouse Mountains
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Koala Park, Nambour
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Walks on the Wildside -Bookfarm
Saturday, March 19, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Maleny Precinct
Saturday, February 20, 2016 Walks on the Wildside - Strangler Cairn Conondale National Park
Saturday, October 17, 2015 Walks on the Wildside - October 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Walks on the Wildeside - August 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Walks on the Wildside Old Mooloolah Rail Trail
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Walks on the Wildside Glasshouse Mts National Park. Base of Mt Tibrogargan
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Walks on the Wildside Shelley Beach Caloundra
Saturday, March 07, 2015 Walks on the Wildside Alpaca Walk at Conondale
Saturday, December 06, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Shelley Beach Caloundra
Saturday, November 01, 2014 Walks on the Wildside at Maroochy Botanic Gardens
Saturday, October 04, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Book Farm Reesville
Saturday, September 06, 2014 Walks on the Wildside at Point Cartwright
Saturday, August 02, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Ewen Maddock Dam
Saturday, July 05, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Mapleton National Park
Saturday, June 07, 2014 Walks on the Wildside Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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