Every August NACC NRM teams up with Chapman River Friends and the Goodness Festival to celebrate all things science.
The Goodness Festival is a volunteer run, week-long festival, with an overall objective to inspire and engage people in science, sustainability and innovation through a week-long festival of activities.
For the past four years, the Chapman River Family Fun Day has been showcasing the magnificent bushland right in the heart of Geraldton, while also engaging the local community in conservation.
The Family Fun Day has always been a popular event and this year more than 40 people met at Spalding Park to talk and ramble along the river.Which such large numbers the participants were split into two groups – with one group taking the northern path near the golf course and the other venturing along the southern path following the fire break.
Both groups saw an amazing array of wildflowers and were able to identify them with the help of the
Chapman River Wildflower App – this free interactive guide features photos and information about 112 species of flora found in the Park. Some of the walkers even struck it lucky and spotted not one but two types of orchids – spider and donkey.
With almost perfect timing both groups met up at Steeping Stones – a spot where you can ordinarily cross to the other side – but with the river flowing the groups were only able to wave hello and continue on their way.
Heading back to the carpark the walkers were delighted to see Janelle from Just Raptors – a family run rehabilitation centre that cares for injured birds of prey. Having seen and heard some birds of prey during the walk the guests were excited to come face-to-face with two real life raptors.
After a passionate talk about the many threats that our local raptors face, the walkers were treated to a much deserved morning tea catered for by local Traditional Owner Donna Ronan. The kangaroo tail soup was by all accounts very delicious and the damper scones were a perfect match with a coffee from the Geraldton Coffee Van.
NACC’s Biodiversity Program Coordinator Jessica Stingemore led one of the walks and said that it is always uplifting being in the park and even more so to see so many people enjoying its natural beauty.
“The Park provides a haven for native biological diversity and conserving such an asset is key for the Geraldton community and future generations.”
This event is proudly supported by the NACC NRM through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Program.