The Dirty Hands - June 2022

Citizen Science for Students| River Health Workshops | World Environment Day | Healing Country | + more 


Project Launch: Citizen Science in Schools

On Friday 10th June, Landcare Tasmania launched our Statewide Citizen Science in Schools Program with a day of workshops for over 100 students at Queechy High School. 

This workshop was made possible thanks to the support of the JM Roberts Charitable Trust and our own Tasmanian Landcare Fund donors.

Students learnt to assess habitat quality, start a nature journal, and used some specialised technology in Citizen Science.  

A lot of laughter and excitement followed the students as they explored the bushy slope. Feathers, scat, flowers and birds were spotted. We also had fun exploring the woody debris for insects... squeals of horror and delight were a given! 

Students got a chance to observe the rich plant and animal life around them, and do more to help it flourish. 

This event marks the beginning of a project we hope to see continue into the long term.  Citizen Science in schools is a hands-on way for kids to connect to nature and contribute meaningfully to science.



This workshop is part of Landcare Tasmania's Education Program which now includes 30 member schools ranging from Early Learning to High School. Funded by: Major funding support from the JM Roberts Charitable Trust through donations to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund 


River Health Workshop: Waterbugs and More

On Saturday the 18th June Landcarers gathered on a fresh but sunny day in Garden Island Creek to learn how to monitor and care for local waterways. 

Workshop go-ers were hands-on and got to undertake water quality testing, waterbug identification and data collection.

Participants left with some hands-on skills to assess, monitor, and care for our local waterways - a sense that we can do it, and we're not alone!


This workshop is part of our Outreach Program which aims to increase capacity for Landcarers so that all our land and waterways can be cared for by the community. Funded by:  Huon Valley Council


Can you help us? Donate before 30 June

With a growing membership - and growing environmental challenges - our services need to grow too.  If you are able to donate, now is the time!

The number of Landcare Groups and Individual Members has nearly DOUBLED since 2016 to over 100 Individual members and over 300 Landcare groups representing over 6,000 volunteers. We are delighted!

But we need help to support this growth. 

Will you donate to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund?


Any gift over $2 is tax deductible.  We know that many hands make light work, and in the same way any contribution you make WILL help community Landcare in Tasmania to grow and prosper. 


2022 Member Snapshot

Every year we take a snapshot of our membership. Our members form a vast network of people across the state who are making a real positive difference in their local environments. So, who are they and what are they working on?


9 years to restore the planet - this is where we're at. 

World Environment Day was on the 5th June this year -  a year since the United Nations declared we have just one decade to restore the planet. 

According to this timeline, we have 9 more years to work together to reverse damage and conserve the ecosystems we have, before this damage becomes irreversible. So where are we at?

Read more on ecosystem restoration, climate anxiety, healing country, and some ways to act now. 


Member spotlight: Rosny college students Heal Country

"Where they have left their footprints, Country is stronger" 

Rosny mob are a group of Aboriginal and Torres Stait Islander students of Rosny college who are connecting strongly with their environment and culture.  They are young people determined to continue to care for, and ultimately heal, Country. 

Read words from group convenor Cathy Ransom about what the group have been up to, and the ethos, strength and value of Rosny mob. 


NAIDOC Week: What's on? 

📅 SETAC celebrations at Kingborough Community Hub

Monday 4th July, 4:00-7:00pm | Kingborough Community Hub

📅 Nayri Niara Celebration 

 Sunday 3rd July, 12:00 - 5:00pm | The Long House 

🏆 TAC NAIDOC Award Nominations

Nominations close 27th June 2022


Featured Photo - Lamproderma gracile - Sarah Lloyd 

National Landcare Conference: Early Bird Ends 10th July 

With over 100 speakers, this is a wonderful opportunity to get connected with other people in the landcare community for the first face-to-face conference in four years.

Held in Sydney, speakers include Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University, Prof. Mark Howden and Indigenous writer, filmmaker, musician and consultant, Victor Steffensen from Firesticks Alliance.

Check out the field trip program or get involved in the National Landcare Awards gala dinner.


Worth a Read


Welcome to our New Member Groups!

New member groups are a great demonstration of the generosity of the Tasmanian community to get involved in caring for our bush, land, coasts, rivers, and wildlife. They're contributing to our vision for all the land and coasts of Tassie to be cared for by the community. Join them if you're in their area!




Thanks for reading

The Landcare Tasmania Team

Peter Stronach - CEO
Priscilla Richards - Landcare Services Manager
Rachel Larner - Finance and Administration Manager
Kat Traill - Events Manager 
Jenn Gason – Communications Manager
Jakob Sprickerhof –  Project and Engagement Officer
Evie Drinnan - Executive Assistant
Joy Pfleger – Project Officer