Make a natural connection with Newcastle's coastline this summer

19 Jan 2024

Discovering which tiny critters live between grains of sand on our beaches is just one of the activities on offer during City of Newcastle's Natural Connection Program in January.

Today’s Hidden Life of Sand workshop offered participants a chance to join University of Newcastle researchers at Nobbys Beach to observe the techniques scientists use to find these creatures, before viewing them with a microscope.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the Natural Connection Program aims to encourage locals to take better care of our precious plants and animals, forming part of the Newcastle Environment Strategy, that was adopted in October last year.

"We know how much Novocastrians love their coastline, so these activities are designed to support them being appreciative and help them become environmental stewards," Cr Nelmes said.

"The events aim to build understanding of Newcastle’s coastal assets and contribute to social cohesion across cultures, ages, and genders.

"Building connections to nature is a feature of our Newcastle Environment Strategy, which is a 10-year roadmap for a sustainable Newcastle, based on the priority areas of climate change, nature-based solutions and a circular economy.

"The program is an example of how strongly City of Newcastle is committed to protecting and enhancing our natural environment today and for future generations."

Other activities in this year's Natural Connection Program included the Marine Waste to Art workshop at Stockton on January 16.

Budding artists spent an hour walking along the beach collecting debris before creating a work of art without relying on sticky tape and glue, while also learning about the impact of marine debris on our ocean and shores.

On January 24 and 25 the Rock Pool Ramble will give participants the chance to discover the range of fascinating marine life at the Cowrie Hole and see how these animals can survive in the intertidal zone using incredible adaptations.

The Cultural Connections workshop will be held on January 29 at Stockton Beach Pavilion where participants can engage with Worimi Traditional Custodians and participate in an archaeological dig to uncover artifacts and learn about preserving cultural heritage in a respectful way.

Another Hidden Life of Sand session will take place at Stockton Beach on Monday, January 22.

All events are free, but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.

These events are for City of Newcastle residents, but if you reside outside the LGA you can be placed on a waitlist and contacted if tickets become available.

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