". . . to further the study of Natural History in all its branches"

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Here is our Club Program for November 2022 to April 2023.    Click here     Booklet format

Monthly meeting

The Ringwood Field Naturalists Club has a meeting every month of the year, where members come together to share and learn about Natural History.

The meeting is held at 7.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Maroondah Federation Estate, Greenwood Ave, Ringwood (Melways 49 H9/10).

The focus of our meeting is a talk by a guest speaker or one of our own members on a topic of Natural History. Recent topics have included "Inter-tidal invertebrates", "Nature of Portland", "Birdwatching and nature of Christmas Island", "A Naturalist's view of Tasmania" and "The Helmeted Honeyeater recovery program". We also have displays of member's photographs, exhibits and reports of interest.

Guidelines for sharing photos at meetings

Weekend excursions

Every month (except December) the Club runs an excursion to a location near Melbourne. Usually on the Saturday or Sunday following the monthly meeting, we travel to a location that is significant for Natural History - hunting for terrestrial orchids in the early Spring, ferns in the cool, damp gullies in the Dandenongs, or perhaps a wetland site in Summer to observe migratory waders.

Our program aims to vary the excursions to give a range of experiences throughout the year. The excursions are typically 1-1 1/2 hours drive from Ringwood and run for the full day, including morning and afternoon walks. An example of some of the areas we visit are Bunyip State Park, Coolart Wetlands, Lake Mountain, Kinglake National Park and Point Cook.

Autumn & Spring Camp-outs

The Club holds two weekend camp-outs each year - in Autumn and Spring. They are very popular with members and allow the Club to travel further afield than is possible on a day excursion. Basing ourselves in an area, we can visit multiple sites and do activities such as spot-lighting and river cruises that we otherwise might not have time for. Recent camp-outs have been held at Newstead, Little Desert, Anglesea, Wilson's Prom and Yarram.

Field Care Days

The Club is a strong believer in community action and participates in regular field care days, contributing directly to the benefit of our local environment. We carry out tree planting or weed removal at sites in the Ringwood area, working with other organisations such as Parks Victoria and the Osborne Peninsula Landcare Group to focus on specific areas that need restoration and re-vegetation.

Other Field Naturalists club events

The Club is a member of SEANA (South East Australia Naturalists Association) and has affiliations with the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and other regional Field Naturalists Clubs throughout the State. This gives RFNC members the opportunity to attend a wider range of events such as camp-outs. The RFNC also hosts SEANA camp-outs.