The Current Calendar (below) includes FoG and related activities. To be kept fully up to date with FoG activities, become a member, get the newsletter and if you have email access you'll also get the FoG E-bulletin with all the latest news and information. If you have queries about any of the activities below, contact the person nominated, or Contact Us.

FoG visits many private or public properties during the year to assist in plant identification and management issues. These visits usually do not appear in the FoG program because we may not know what to expect at such sites and because they are usually arranged at short notice. If you are interested in participating in property visits, Contact Us.

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Non FoG members are welcome to participate in FoG events.

For any FoG activity you should register with the indicated contact, who can assist with directions and possibly car pooling. By registering you assist us to organise any catering and provide you with any other information that you may need, including late changes. For all FoG activities please supply your emergency contact person's details when registering.


Summary of upcoming FOG Events

Fri PM-Sun 25-27 Feb, Camping weekend in the Creewah area, visiting Nunnock Swamp area and staying at Brett Howland’s 50ha property. Register:

Sat 19 Feb  8.30-noon Visit some of Canberra micro-forests. Register:

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

National Lands Group.  Register:

Sun 20  Feb 8:30am-1pm  Gurubang Dhaura / Stirling Park

Sun 20  Mar 8:30am-1pm  Gurubang Dhaura / Stirling Park

Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve). Register:

Wed 26 Jan 9-11:30am

  Wed 2 Feb  9-11:30am

  Wed 23 Feb 9-11:30am

Hall Cemetery,  Register:

Sat 5 Feb 9-11am

Sat 5 Mar 9-11am

Sat 1 Oct 9-11am

Sat 5 Nov 9-11am

Summary of Notices

Vale Geoff Hope

Friends of North Ridge Cooma Exhibition, Cooma, submissions by 31 Jan

ANU Climate Update 2022, 9 Feb, ANU 

Free ‘High Country of Australia’ calendars

Details of FOG Events

8.30-noon Sat 19 Feb Visit some of Canberra micro-forests. Register:

Recently crowd funding has made possible the planting of a few urban “micro forests”, each of which contains a variety of plants (mostly local native plants) ranging from grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees, with the aim of reconnecting people with nature, providing fauna habitat and ameliorating climate change. FOG plans a visit to those at Downer, Watson and Lyneham. Background reading can be found at  

Fri PM-Sun 25-27 Feb, Camping weekend in the Creewah area, visiting Nunnock Swamp area and staying at Brett Howland’s new 50ha property. Register: 

We can travel to our destination on the Friday afternoon. Brett will show us the fauna and flora he has been discovering on his property (Wombalano) as well as Nunnock Swamp in the national park. It has been some years since we have visited the swamp and the grasslands at Nunnock Swamp, each of which has a rich variety of plants. You may camp at the property or stay in Nimmitabel. Wombalano sits on the edge of the relatively little known South East Forests National Park. The park protects some of the largest connected remnant tall forests left. As well as hosting some of the tallest trees such as Mountain Gums, it also contains several swamps formed by slight changes in topography on the centre of the Great Dividing Range. Nunnock Swamp is a great example of that. Wombalano contains a mix of swamps, montane grassland, alpine woodland, dry woodland and wet forest that also are found in the national park. The place is also next to the largely untouched Bombala River, which is known for its high platypus numbers. A month ago, over a few hours, we compiled a list of 170 native plant species there.

Early warning of FOG future events

Events and dates are indicative and may be subject to change. Details will be advised as more information is available.

FOG grassy ecosystem forums

We wish to hold these online forums monthly. For suggestions and inquiries:

FOG Field trips & visits to properties

Suggestions and inquiries:

Details of FOG work parties


Participants need to register for these events at least two days before the event, to confirm details of the starting locations or any last-minute changes. Note: work includes weeding, planting and rubbish removal. Herbicides are often used so these events are not suitable for young children. Tools are provided.  You need to wear gardening clothes (including hat) and solid footwear appropriate for the work and the weather, and bring your own drinking water. The work party convener may provide morning tea, making these pleasant social occasions. Events will be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable: a) the forecast is 35 deg C+, b) it is a total fire ban day, c) there is lightning, d) air quality is hazardous, or e) heavy rain.

Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve) - Inquiries and registration:

The Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve) Parkcare Group is organised by FOG and ACT Parkcare. Work parties have largely focused on plant identification and removing weeds, and some planting of grasses and forbs is planned. We are working closely with Ranger Martin Bajt. This is a great opportunity for participants in the group to learn about grassland plants and weeds and their management, and more generally how to restore our precious grasslands, including selecting, growing and reintroducing plants.  Work parties are from 9-11.30am on the first and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Hall Cemetery - Inquiries and registration:

FOG has held regular work parties at Hall Cemetery since 2009, aiming to remove weeds and restore the native grasses and wild flowers that were once present. Work parties are held from 9am-11am. You need to bring your own working tool, and, of course, dress sensibly.

Scottsdale Monitoring.  Inquiries & contact: 

Thurs 10 Nov 10-3.30pm.  Grassland vegetation surveys. 

National Lands Group - Inquiries and registration:

FOG’s National Lands Group is responsible for work on National Lands (Gurubang Dhaura /Stirling Park, Scrivener’s Hut, State Circle, Blue Gum Point & Yarramundi Grassland) managed by the National Capital Authority and Blue Gum Point managed by ACT Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS). Work parties with 10 to 30 participants held on Sunday mornings between 8:30 am and 1 pm unless otherwise stated:

Top Hut TSR, near Cooma, NSW. Tentatively a Saturday in March.  FOG leases this TSR and manages it for its conservation values. It is possibly the most beautiful grassland on the Monaro and with a spectacular display of flowers, particularly in spring and has a population of the Monaro grassland earless dragon. For inquiries or to register contact:

Details of Notices

Vale Geoff Hope

It is with Great Sadness that we learnt that, over Christmas, our friend and mentor Emeritus Professor Geoff Hope died. He is known world-wide for his work on palaeoecology in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. We remember him as someone truly learned, humble, and sympathetic to those around him. He led a number of FOG trips where he demonstrated his tools of trade and explained the evolution of the landscapes around us. We express our deep sympathy to Bren and Jules. We will all miss him. 

Friends of North Ridge Cooma Exhibition

Friends of North Ridge and are holding an exhibition - Celebrating what we love about Cooma North ridge Reserve! They are calling for entries - thoughts, photos, poems and drawings. Drop your entry to the Cooma Library by Mon 31st Jan. Label your piece on back - name contact details, title and are group (infants, primary, secondary school or adult). Enquires or 0458 565 654. 

ANU Climate Update 2022, 9 Feb 3-6pm, ANU Institute Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions

This annual event brings together experts, policymakers, students, industry and the community to discuss the state of our climate. You can either attend in person or online. If you register to attend in person and your plans change, please cancel your ticket to allow others to attend.

Part 1 will summarise the latest climate research. Part 2 will discuss the implications of the latest round of UN climate negotiations & COP26. Presentations will focus on: targets for emission reduction by 2030, how we can adapt to climate change in Australia and options for addressing climate change related loss and damage. Speakers include Prof Mark Howden, Kate Donnelly, Prof Jamie Pittock & Dr Melanie Pill. More information and to register.

Free ‘High Country of Australia’ calendars

Klaus Hueneke has let us know that Capital Chemists have produced a 2022 calendar using his beautiful images.  FOG member Klaus is an expert on the history of Australia's high country and the Kosciuszko Huts, with decades of photography and publishing behind him. The calendars are available at most of the Capital Chemists throughout the ACT, and some regional towns, in exchange for a gold nugget which will go to Lifeline. Last year they donated over $20,000 to the Bushfire Appeal. Klaus’ images were taken in Tasmania, Victoria and Kosciuszko.  Margaret still has a couple of the 2022 Upper Snowy Landcare Network calendars which has themed Monaro Grasslands this year. It is illustrated with Monaro schoolkids’ artwork. Contact Margaret

Please advertise these events among your friends and networks. Non FoG members are welcome to FoG events. For inquiries or if you have an item to include, please Contact Us